SPE Color and Appearance Division


Conference Information

“Driving Color Into the Next Decade”

September 21-23, 2008

Dearborn, Michigan

Hyatt Regency Dearborn 



ABSTRACT DEADLINE: January 15, 2008


The Color and Appearance Division in conjunction with the Detroit Colour Council (DCC) presents “Driving Color into the Next Decade” in
Dearborn , MI. Situated in the heart of the automotive industry, this venue is the perfect location to present your topic to a broad network of plastics industry professionals. Year after year, this conference is consistently well attended, and this year is sure to be a repeat of previous year’s success.







Any paper related to the color and/or appearance of plastic will be considered.  Appropriate topics might apply to one these typical categories:



  • Color Measurement
  • Testing and Quality Control
  • Color Matching Techniques
  • Processing and Equipment
  • Materials (Colorants, Additives, Polymers)

  • Property Retention/Durability
  • Instrumentation and Test Methods
  • Regulatory Issues  
  • Color Trends
  • Decorative or Special Effects
  • Other Color/Appearance Related Topics


So get your abstract to us soon!




For more information, please contact: 

Joe Cameron

Bill Longley []


Frank Lavieri [].




































Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD) & Detroit Colour Council (DCC)

Online Conference Registration

Registration by Mail/Fax Form (pdf)


Pre-conference Tutorial “Coloring of Plastics”

If interested in attending this tutorial,  register before Sept 12!!!

Conference Brochure (pdf)

Technical Program

Conference Schedule (see below)

New Technology Forum (coming soon)

Exhibitors (see below)

Hospitality Suites (pdf)

(Enter Group/Corp#:  G-CADR)
Closest Airport: DTW
Airport-Hotel Transportation: Taxi ~$35
The Color & Appearance Division of SPE working with the Detroit Colour Council have put together a great program for the CAD RETEC® 2008 in Dearborn, Michigan.  These two great organizations complement each other extremely well.  The Detroit Color Council focuson on both exterior and interior coloring issues within the automotive industry for all materials, while the SPE CAD specifically looks at the coloring of plastics but across all industries including automotive.
Our specific theme is “Driving Colour into the Next Decade.”  By the time we meet inthe fall of 2008, the automotive industry in particular will be working on color and styling trends for 2010 and beyond.  We will start the cdonference with a key note address from THE  CAR LAB looking at the state of the auto industry on a world-wide basis as well as styling trends looking into the next decade.  Don’t miss this talk!
We are continuing our offering of the New Technology Forum which allows exhibitors to showcase their companies and their products or services.  A new twist is we are doing this late afternoon on Monday, followed by a networking reception held in the tabletop area.
And don’t forget the golf outing organized by the DCC for Sunday morning and the opening reception on Sunday evening.
I hope to see you in Dearborn in September.
Bruce Mulholland
ph:  859-525-4756
Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency Dearborn
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI  48126
To Reserve  By Phone:
Tel: +1 313-593-1234
Request “CAD RETEC 2008” Rate!
To Reserve Online:
Enter Group/Corp#:  G-CADR
 Reservations open now.
Discounted room rate:
$147/night- single occupancy
  $172/night- double occupancy. 
Room block is open now!
Room block extended to Sept 12, 2008. 
Rates subject to change after Sept 12, 2008.

Important Note:

Make sure to get your room at the conference hotel. Meeting our contracted number of rooms helps defer the cost of meeting space and helps obtain lower room rates for the attendees. Make sure your room and Hospitality Suite are part of the CAD RETEC 2008 room block.



 Registration & Fees



UNTIL SEPT 17, 2008 !

Advance Registration (CLOSED)

SPE or DCC Member 


SPE Member w/ membership renewal 


Non-Member w/ SPE Membership 


Non-Member declining SPE Membership


Late or On-Site Registration (after 9/5)

SPE or DCC Member On-Site 


SPE Member w/ membership renewal  


Non-Member w/ SPE Membership  


Non-Member declining SPE Membership




 SPE Emeritus Member


 Student (Valid ID required)


Conference Literature

Extra Conference CD (available on-site) 


Preprint Book (shipped after conference)


SPE CAD Archive CD-
a compilation of conference papers from 1961-2007
SPE member price
SPE non-member price
Price shown is discounted $75 for RETEC attendees!

Special Events

Welcome Reception (Sunday)


Golf Outing (Sunday) 


 5K Fun Run/Walk (Tuesday)


 Networking Lunch(Monday)


 Networking Reception (Monday)


Awards Lunch (Tuesday) 


Exhibitor and Sponsor Only

Exhibit space (2 conf. registrations included


Sponsor Donation

Platinum, Gold, Silver levels

Pre-Conference Tutorial -Sun Sep 21

“Coloring of Plastics”  Tutorial w/ Charvat

Requires separate registration by mail/fax 





Special Events

Sunday, Sept 21, 2008
Golf Outing
Contact:  Terry Pickard, ph.  248-553-8169
The 35th annual Detroit Color Council golf outing will be a joint outing with the SPE CAD RETEC.  Join the DCC and SPE  for golf at “The Lakes of Taylor Golf Club.”  The course is about 15 minutes from the hotel.
Golf Format:  Scramble
Tee Times:  7:30am
Fee:  $125/person
Fee Includes golf, cart, driving range, breakfast, lunch, and prizes. Prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception.
Sunday, Sept 21, 2008
Welcome Reception
Hyatt Regency Dearborn
The opening reception will be held on Sunday, september 21st at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn.  Please join us between 6pm and 8pm for cocktails and appetizers. Make time to socialize and network while listening to the sounds of the SPE CAD’s own “Color Eye Blind.”
Golf prizes will be awarded at the reception.  Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.
Fee:  included with registration
Monday, Sept 22, 2008
Networking Reception
Hyatt Regency Dearborn
New for this year is a networking reception in the Exhibit area on Monday evening.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with the exhibitors and see the latest products for polymer color and appearance.  The reception starts immediately following the New Technology Forum, an hour long session where the exhibitors tell you “what’s new” in the latest products and services.


Tuesday, Sept 23, 2008
5K Fun Run/Walk benefiting Habitat for Humanity
Event Sponsor: Dominion Colour
Contact:  Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour,
Start your tuesday morning off right.  Join us for a fun walk/run around Fairlane Town Center.  You’ll be back in time to catch the first paper.  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Time:  7:00am-meet in lobby
Fee:  $20/person (pre-register for this event)
Fee includes a t-shirt.
Your $20 donation will be matched by SPECAD.


Platinum Level
Gold Level
sun chemical
Silver Level 
 Dominion Colour
Stanridge ColorStandridge Color
Uniform Color


 Daily Event Summary Schedule (subject to change-check signs at conference for latest schedule)

 Sunday, September 21

 Monday, September 22

 Tuesday, September 23

Golf Outing – the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club
(Pre-register for this event)
6:30am – Meet at Club
7:30am – Tee Time (Scramble Format)
(Sponsored by Detroit Colour Council)

7:15a-5:00p   Registration Desk Open

5K Fun Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity
(pre-register for this event)
7:00am – Meet in Hyatt Lobby
(Sponsored by Dominion Colour)

7:00a-8:00a       Breakfast (Sponsor-Clariant)

7:30am-12:00pm     Registration Desk Open

8:00a-10:00a    Technical Program

7:30 am-8:30am       Breakfast (Sponsor-Sun Chemical)

10:00a-6:00p     Exhibits Open

8:30am-3:00pm        Exhibits Open
Note:  Exhibits will close during the  Awards luncheon

10:00a-10:30a  Coffee Break (Sponsor-Shepherd)

8:30am-10:00am     Technical Program

10:30a-12:00p  Technical Program

10:00am-10:30am   Coffee Break (Sponsor-DuPont)

12:00p-1:30p    Networking Lunch (Sponsor-Tronox)

10:30am-12:00pm   Technical Program

1:00pm-5:00pm  Exhibitor set up

 1:30p-2:00p     Technical Program

12:00pm-1:30pm      Awards Luncheon (Sponsor-LTL Color)

 2:30p-3:00p    Coffee Break (Sponsor-BASF)

 1:30pm-3:00pm       Technical Program

3:00pm-6:00pm   Registration Desk Open

 3:00p-4:00p    Technical Program

 3:00pm-3:30pm       Coffee Break (Sponsor-TBD)

 4:00p-4:50p    New Technology Forum

 3:30pm-4:00pm       Technical Program

6:00pm-8:00pm  Welcome Reception-Hyatt 
(Sponsor-EMD Chemicals)
 5:00p-6:00p    Networking Reception (Sponsor-Nubiola)
Exhibit Area

 4:00pm                      Survey Raffle/Closing Remarks

Technical Program(subject to change)
New Technology Forum
Monday, Sept 22nd
at 4pm

Moderator: Robert Charvat, Charvat & Associates

Tentative schedule for NTF to be posted after Sept 2nd.
Only tabletop exhibitors are eligible to participate in theNew Technology Forum.
In the event there are more NTF presenters than time allows, presenters will be determined by lottery.
Contact Sandra Davis for more info.


 Other Noteworthy Information: 
Annual SPE CAD Survey Raffle

Your Opinion Counts and may be rewarded! Be sure to complete this year’s SPECAD Feedback survey and drop it off at the SPE CAD booth before 12pm on Tuesday.  Each completed survey will be entered in a drawing for prizes.  Drawing will be at 4pm on Tuesday after the last paper.
SPE CAD 2008 Survey (pdf)
Prizes include:
Sony iPod (donated by Konica Minolta)

Got prizes and giveaways? Contact Bruce Mulholland (
 Sponsorship Opportunities

Make your company more visible at the  conference! Platinum, Gold, and Silver level sponsorship opportunities are available.  Sponsors receive publicity on, in registration materials,
on posters, and at  special events.  If your company is interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please contact
Sharyl Reid,
(ph:  864-968-2426,

 Exhibitor Space-Reserve by Aug 15, 2008


Tabletop Exhibit Space is available to showcase your company.  Space is limited, so reserve early. Each Exhibit includes 2 paid conference registrations.  New for 2008 is a networking reception to be held in the exhibit area on Monday evening.
For reservations, Contact Brian West (ph:  865-457-6700)   or fax your request to him at FAX: 865-457-3012.  Reference ‘2008 CAD RETEC’
 Awards Luncheon Program

Be sure to join us to for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept 23 as we  celebrate participation in SPE CAD.
Awards to be given include:
2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients
ANTEC 2008 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2007 Best Paper Award
5K Fun Run/Walk Awards
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
Honored Service Member Award
CAD RETEC 2008 Committee Recognition
Detroit Colour Council Awards


Contact Steve Goldstein for more info.


CAD RETEC 2008 Exhibitors as of  September 3, 2008  (Click company name to visit their website.)
 Agrofert Dominion Colour Paramount Colors
American Leistritz Extruders DuPont Titanium Technologies PCC-Chemax
Applied Marketing Information Eckhart  Plasti-Co Equipment
Atlas Material Testing Technology*  EMD Chemicals**   Plastics Consulting Inc.**
BASF  Ferro  Reiter 
Brabender Technologie Finos   Rockwood Pigments*
 Brenntag Specialties* Fortune International Technologies *  Royale Pigments & Chemicals
BYK  GPC Software*  Sachtleben
 Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Holliday Pigments Ltd. Shepherd
 CIBA   Heucotech Ltd.  Silberline
  CINIC*  Huntsman  Sun Chemical
  Clariant  ISO Color Spectra Dyestuffs
  Colorchem JECO Pigments Society of Plastics Engineers-Color & Appearance
Colortronic North America  Kenrich Petrochemicals    Techmer PM*
 Coperion Keystone Aniline TOMATEC  America
Cristal ** Konica-Minolta Tronox
C. W. Brabender Instruments    Lanxess TOYAL America *
Cyber-Chrome Color Systems Maroon * United Mineral & Chemical (UMC)
Datacolor Mayan Pigments *  X-Rite
Dayglo* Network Performance Additives
 Delta Colours ** Nubiola **
Detroit Colour Council* Network Performance Additives
 Tabletop Key:
CAD RETEC 2008 CORPORATE SPONSOR *new exhibitor for 2008
 **SPE CAD Website Sponsor   CAD RETEC 2007 EXHIBITORS


  From SPE CAD From Detroit Colour Concil


Bruce Mulholland, Ticona


Earl Balthazar, Spectrotechs Color Solutions

Larry DePaoli, Uniform Color Company
Christine Utter, Sabic Innovative Plastics

Technical Program

Joe Cameron, Bayer Material Science
Frank Lavieri, Lansco Colors

Bill Longley, CMC

New Technology Forum

Sandra Davis, DuPont Titanium Technologies


Bruce Mulholland, Ticona
Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour


Brian West, Techmer PM

Fun Run/Walk

Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour


Terry Pickard, Retired



Sharon Ehr,Chroma Corp

Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color