International Polyolefins Conference

Upcoming in-person
2022 SPE
International Polyolefins Conference,
Feb 13-16, 2022

Will be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center overlooking the beach with restaurants and hotels within walking distance.

Galveston Island Convention Center(building in white)
at The San Luis Resort

Activities to include: tutorial, 5 Plenary papers, two networking socials, 60+ exhibitors, student poster competition, and extensive commercial activity/meetings. We will again be using the Whova virtual platform to augment the in-person conference and to provide a way for people to see all the content even if you can’t attend in person. Mark your calendars.

More information to follow as details are finalized: exhibitor info, sponsors, hotels, speaker info, registration, etc.

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All content in the February 2021 SPE International Virtual Polyolefins Conference is available until Aug 2021

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Post conference instructions

Post Registration is now open to all who missed the Feb 23-24 conference so you can view all the on-demand content and videos of the Plenary talks and Panel discussions.

The 2021 SPE All Virtual International Polyolefins Conference was held on Feb 23-24, 2021 using the Whova Award winning virtual Platform.  Over 760 signed up for the conference to view 11 streamed Plenary papers and 3 streamed Panel discussions (now available as on-demand videos).  There were over 100 on-demand technical papers available in the agenda (videos of the talk and pdf copies of the presentation),  28 Exhibitor Booths,  13 Sponsor, and list of attendees for people to view at their leisure and to contact if desired.   All the content from the conference is still available for all who registered before the conference to review at your leisure until Aug 2021.  If you missed the conference or you know some who missed the conference, you can still register for the post-conference to see all the on-demand content until Aug 2021. The various contest (passport, photo contest, and participation contest), live discussions with Exhibitor Booth personnel, and live discussions with the speakers was only available during Feb 23-24 but there are links to contact Speakers, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and all registered attendees.    When you register you will receive a receipt.  Download Attendee Instructions (on the SPE South Texas website for the Polyolefin Conference)  to get specific instructions on how to log-in to the conference and how to navigate around the Conference.    

Post-2021 Conference General Admission $195
Post-2021 Conference SPE Members General Admission $175
Bundle of 10 tickets $1,000
Students (must be a SPE Student Member, can become a student member at for free) $10

Click here to Register for the POST 2021 Polyolefins Conference

Agenda for the 2021 Conference

Once registration for the post-conference has been completed you will receive a confirmation email from Constant Contact. Shortly thereafter you will receive another email stating that you have been set-up on the Whova platform as an attendee. At this point you will be able to log-in to Whova with the email used when registering and set-up a password. This will complete your registration giving you full access to the conference materials.
Questions: Janell Helton (713) 503-6729

Successful February 23-24 SPE International Virtual Polyolefins Conference

  • The 2021 Conference consisted of 11 live streamed Plenary Talks, with live Q&A sessions, and 3 live steamed Panel Discussions during Feb 23-24.
  • There was also be 16+ Tracks and 95+ Papers/Video Presentations (Technical papers, Tutorials, Student Posters and a New Product Showcase) which will be available on demand (like Netflix) via Whova.
  • Technical papers will be available for viewing one weeks before the conference, during the conference, and 6 months after the conference. 
  • There will be live questions and answers sessions with the speakers each afternoon of the conference.  Speakers will be posting their slide decks and video recordings of their talks on the conference website.  
  • In addition there will be Virtual Exhibitor Booths, live conversation with company representatives in the Virtual Exhibitor Booths,  a passport contest for the Exhibitor Booths, virtual networking (texting, meetups, and opportunity for video conferencing), and a photo contest


  • Current Trends in Markets, Technology, and Investments (Plenary talks)
  • Innovation in Polyolefin Catalysts and Process
  • Advances in Polyolefin Stabilization
  • Modifiers for Polyolefins
  • Advances in Polymer Testing and Characterization
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • Advances in Compounding
  • Polyolefin Pipe Applications
  • Sustainability & Recycling
  • Medical Applications
  • New Applications
  • New Product Showcase
  • Enhancement of functional polyolefin properties for applications

2021 Conference Plenary Speakers:

Tony Radoszewski, Plastics Industry Association, “How COVID has changed the Plastics Conversation: An Outlook for the Industry”
Dr. Manuel Rego, Specialty Catalysts, W.R. Grace, “Staying Committed to a Sustainability Agenda”
Boyd Nash-Stacey, BBVA Compass, “U.S. Economic Outlook in Post-Pandemic World”
Uday Turaga, CMR ADI-Analytics, ‘How Plastic Recycling has changed after Covid-19Dow”
Chuck Reardon, SI Group, “SI Groups’ Transformation Towards Captivating the Customer”
Dr. Atsushi Takahara, Kyushu University (Japan), “Polymer Science Approaches to Microplastic Problems”
Zach Moore, ICIS, “Changes in the Structure of US Polyolefins Markets”
Dr. Virendrakumar Gupta, Reliance Industries Limited, “Reliance Polypropylene Catalyst for Polypropylene Grades”
Dr. Peter Tsai, University of Tennessee, “Meltbown PP Electret and Its Use in Masks”
Dr. Liang Tao, Townsend Solution, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Petrochemical Industry: Demand forecast by PowerBI and Price Forecast by AutoML”
Victor Mwangi, Coperion, “Mega Capacities for Polyolefin Plants”

2021 Conference Tutorial on Troubleshooting Various Application Processes:

Dr. Mark Spalding, DOW Chemical, “Troubleshooting and Mitigating Gels in Polyolefin Film Products”
Dr. Greg Li, DOW Chemical, “Porosity Control in Extruded EPDM Profiles”
John Presa, DOW Chemical, “Case Studies of Blown Film Fabrication Problems and Solutions”
Paul Waller, Plastic Technology Group, “Pigments Variation in Films/Sheet Extrusion – Key Learnings”

Please take a short survey regarding the recent Virtual Polyolefins Conference

2021 Call for Speakers and Speakers Information

Speaker Instructions for Video Preparation

2021 Exhibitors:

View 2021 Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibitor opportunities for 2022 in-person and virtual) will be available shortly

2021 Sponsors:

View 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor opportunities for 2022 (in-person and virtual) will be available shortly


Thank you to all of our Exhibitors, Sponsors and Participants at the 2020 POC

The event was a huge success with an outstanding technical program, over 64 companies represented on the exhibit floor and just under 700 attendees.  Monies raised will benefit the students of today that will be the plastic professionals of tomorrow!

2020 Conference Exhibitor List

2020 Conference Attendee List

Conference Contacts

Conference Chair
Vassilios Galiatsatos

Exhibit Chair: 
Kevin Alexander
(281) 701-7792

Program Chair:
To be announced

Sponsor Chair:
Richard Keeler

David Hansen
(713) 248-2273

Janell Helton
(713) 503-6729