October 9-12, 2017 Huntington Convention Center
Brought to you by: Rubber Division | American Chemical Society
October 9-12, 2017 Huntington Convention Center

International Rubber Conference

The Rubber Division, ACS, is honored to welcome the International Rubber Conference Organization (IRCO) Delegates and international attendees to the International Rubber Conference (IRC 2017 CLEVELAND). It has been a short ten years since the United States last hosted the conference. Rubber Division, ACS is proud to be able to host this again, in conjunction with our International Elastomer Conference. Cleveland, seems the perfect location to host this event because, the Midwestern region has been the heart of the rubber industry for decades, evolving over the years into new dimensions and partnerships. Rubber Division, ACS has also evolved and expanded technology exchange and educational opportunities into the many facets of the industry today.

What is IRCO?

The International Rubber Conference Organization (IRCO) is an association of rubber societies around the world which plan the calendar for the main international rubber conferences. By careful selection of conference proposals and monitoring of events, the IRCO ensures that all conferences run by its member societies meet the very demanding requirements dictated by the IRCO and thus provide delegates with first-class conferences. The Rubber Division represents the United States as a member of the IRCO.  Both organizations maintain the same overriding goal for the conference: to provide a venue for global sharing of technology and research as well as business networking opportunities.

International Rubber Dinner – open to all attendees; $100 per person, reservations required

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (time may change); There will be a special dinner held to welcome the IRCO Delegates, as well as all international and national International Elastomer Conference attendees. The IRCO Medal will be presented to John Long, JM Long Rubber Consultants, LLC & Rubber Division, ACS Councilor, during the dinner. The IRCO Medal is awarded for outstanding services to the cause of International Rubber Conferences worldwide. The recipient is a personality of exceptional merit in the rubber community and with a recognized record in one or more fields of activity related to the rubber industry, research or education. The recipient has made distinguished contributions to IRCO conferences as an organizer, as chairman of conferences or symposia or as a presenter.

IRC Meeting

– Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (open to IRCO delegates only)

IRC Luncheon

– Wednesday, October 11, 2017; 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (open to IRCO delegates only)

IRCO National Organizations and the countries they represent are listed here:

Australia: Australasian Plastics & Rubber Institute Inc
Brazil: ABTB (Assoiacao Brasileira de Technologia da Borracha)
China: The Beijing Research & Design Institute of Rubber Industry
Czech Republic: Rubber Division, Czech Society of Industrial Chemistry
Finland: Finnish Society of Rubber Technology
France: Association Francaise des Ingenieurs du Caoutchouc et des Plastiques (AFICEP)
Germany: Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft e.v.
India: Indian Rubber Institute
Japan: The Society of Rubber Science and Technology, Japan
Korea: The Rubber Society of Korea
Malaysia: Plastics and Rubber Institute Malaysia (PRIM)
Netherlands: Vereniging Van Kunstoff en Rubbertechnologen (VKRT)
Norway: The Norwegian Institution of Rubber Technology
Russia: Scientific Research Institute of Elastomeric Materials and Articles
Slovak Republic: Slovak Rubber Association
Sweden: The Swedish Institution of Rubber Technology (SGF)
Thailand: The Polymer Society of Thailand
Turkey: Kaucuk Derneigi
United Kingdom: The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
United States: Rubber Division, American Chemical Society