SPE Color and Appearance Division


Conference Information


September XX-XX, 2009

Savannah, Georgia







ABSTRACT DEADLINE: January 15, 2009


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


Frank Lavieri [].




This Conference is over.  This page provided as historical reference only


Online Registration is now Open

Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD)



Please join us  in Savannah for another great CAD RETEC Conference.  For over 46 years, our division’s annual technical Conference, CAD RETEC®, has been the premier conference and meeting devoted to the subject of plastics coloration and is attended by leading technologists from around the world.  The 2009 CAD RETEC will be held in Savannah, Georgia from October 18-20.  Join us on the river front of historic Savannah, voted one of the best southern cities by Southern Living Magazine in January 2009. 
Also, back by popular demand this year is Bob Charvat’s day-long “Coloring of Plastics” tutorial scheduled for Sunday, October 18th.  Bob is an industry guru, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the best. (Separate registration required)       
                                 See you in Savannah!


-Scott Aumann
CAD RETEC 2009 Chairperson



Online Registration CAD RETEC 2009 Brochure (pdf)
Preliminary Technical Program (pdf)
New Technology Forum Info (pdf)



Online Exhibitor Reservation Online Sponsorship Donation
Mail/Fax Exhibitor Reg. Form (pdf) Corporate Sponsorship Form (pdf)
Exhibitor Shipping Info (pdf)


 The generous donations of our sponsors helps keep the registration fees low.  Please visit the sponsor\’s website by clicking on their logo:
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,
Your Company Could Be Here!
EMD Chemicals Tronox BASF
Your Company Could Be Here! Dupont Titanium Technologies  Clariant
A. Schulman Lanxess Sun Chemical Uniform Color Company

Your Company Could Be Here!

Eckart Ferro

REGISTRATION FEES (subject to change)

(includes 1 Conference CD)
(before 9/18)
(after 9/18)

SPE Member

$325 $425

SPE Member w/ membership renewal (+$119)

$444 $544

Non-Member w/ SPE Membership

$444 $544

Non-Member declining SPE membership

$470 $570


$160 $160

SPE Emeritus Member

$100 $100

Student (Valid ID Required)

$50 $50

Conference Events

Welcome Reception (Sunday)


Golf Outing (Sunday)

$89 must preregister

Skeet Shoot Outing (Sunday)

limited to first 20
must preregister

5K Fun Run/Walk (Tuesday)


Networking Lunch (Monday)


Networking Reception (Monday)


Awards Luncheon (Tuesday)


Conference Literature

Extra Conference CD

SPE CAD Archive DVD- a compilation of conference papers from 1961-2007.
($25 discount for RETEC attendees)
SPE Member
SPE Non-Member

Exhibitors and Sponsors Only

Exhibitor Space (incl. 2 conf registrations)

 $900 Deadline  Sept 11

Sponsor Donation

Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels available (inquire)

PreConference Seminar “Coloring of Plastics”: Registration Deadline Oct 2

“Coloring of Plastics” w/ Bob Charvat $450



Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, GA  31401
Tel: 912-238-1234
Savannah Hyatt


Discounted Conf.  Room Rate:
$169/night-single occupancy
$169/night-double occupancy
Room Block Dates: Oct 17-21.
If booking Oct 16 or Oct 22, different rates may apply.
Rates subject to change after Sept 10, 2009.
To Reserve by phone:  Tel: 912-238-1234
Request “SPEE” Rate
To Reserve Online:
Enter Group/Corp #:  g-spee
Hospitality Suite Reservations:
Please work directly with the hotel to reserve your Hospitality Suite space.
Contact:  Michael Belloti
ph: 912-721-4721
Important Note to Attendees:
Be sure to stay at the conference hotel if possible.  Meeting our contracted niumber of rooms helps defer the cost of meeting space and registration fees and helps us obtain lower room rates fo the attendees.  Make sure your room and hospitality suites are part of the CAD RETEC 2009 room block. 
Thanks for your support and cooperation.
 Savannah Info and Attractions:

Savannah Maps and Driving Directions


From Savannah Airport to Hotel/From the Hotel to the Savannah Airport:  TAXI: approx $25+ $3 for additional passengers.
Rental car recommended if driving from ATL.
In Savannah:  CHATHAM AREA TRANSIT (CAT) is the local transit system. Each CAT fare costs you $1 and if you have to transfer buses, you will have to purchase another fare on the second bus for $1.  Monthly passes are available.
Hyatt Parking:
Valet Parking ONLY: $18.00 per night.
No self parking available.
Parking for oversize vehicles/vans*: $20.00 per night

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (Subject to Change) 


Sunday, October 18

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

PreConference Seminar-Coloring of Plastics with Bob Charvat (separate registration required)
11:30a Skeet Shoot on local Military Base

(Pre-register for this event)
11:30a-5:00p Golf Outing – The Club at Savannah Harbor

(Pre-register for this event)
1:00p-5:00p Exhibitor set up
3:00p-6:00p Registration Desk Open
Welcome Reception- Hyatt
Sponsor:  EMD Chemicals
(Pick up your registration packet prior to this event to get your complimentary drink coupons)

Registration Desk Open
Breakfast (Sponsored by Lansco)
Morning Moderator:  Earl Balthazar, Spectrotechs Color Solutions
8:00a-8:15a Opening Remarks- Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals
8:15a-9:45a Technical Program
9:45a-6:00p Exhibits Open
Coffee Break (Sponsored by Shepherd)
10:30a-12:00p Technical Program
12:00p-1:30p Lunch-On Your Own
Afternoon Moderator:  Joe Cameron, Consultant
1:30p-3:00p Technical Program
3:00p-3:45p Coffee Break (Sponsored by BASF)
3:45p-4:45p Technical Program
Moderator:  Bob Charvat, Charvat & Assoc.
Networking Reception – Exhibit Area
Sponsor:  Clariant

5K Fun Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity (pre-register for this event)
8:00a-12:00p Registration Desk Open
Morning Moderator:  Bruce Mulholland, Ticona 
8:30a-10:00a Technical Program
Exhibits Open
Note:  Exhibits will close during the  Awards luncheon
Coffee Break (Sponsored by Dupont Titanium Technologies)
10:30a-12:00p Technical Program
12:00p-1:30p   Awards Luncheon-included wiht registration (Sponsored by Tronox)
Afternoon Moderator:  Jim Figaniak, LTL Compounders
1:30p-3:00p Technical Program
3:00p-3:30p Coffee Break
3:30p-4:30p Technical Program
4:30p  Survey Raffle/Closing Remarks


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Sunday, October 18

Monday, October 19

Tuesday, October 20

PreConference Seminar 
“Coloring of Plastics” Seminar
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Contact:  Bob Charvat (
Fee:  $450 (separate registration required)
Fee includes tutorial materials and coffee breaks.  Lunch is on your own.

8:30a – Registration

9:00a – 4:00pm – Hyatt
Subject to cancellation of minimum participants is not met.


Golf Outing
Contact:  Mark Tyler
Scott Heitzman
Fee – $89/person
(Must Pre-register for this event)


Fee Includes Hamburger Bar lunch and prizes. Prizes will be awarded at the Welcome Reception


 Join your friends at  the CAD RETEC Golf Outing at “The Club at Savannah Harbor”  The course is about 15 minutes from the hotel.
Golf Format:  Scramble
11:30a – Meet at Club
12:00p- Hamburger Bar Lunch (included)
1:00p – Tee Time (Shotgun Startt)

Skeet Shoot Outing
Location: Local Military Base
Contact:  Matt Gailey
 Scott Aumann
Meet in the Hyatt Lobby at 11:30am
    Fee:  $30/person
(Pre-register for this event)
Fee Includes transporation, lunch. and clay pigeons.
11:30a – Meet  in Hyatt Lobby
Space is limited.  Open to first 20 registrants.
Bring your own rifle, if possible. 
Photo ID/Waiver required for this event.

Welcome Reception
Hyatt Regency Savannah


Fee:  included with registration


The opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 18th at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.   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 this reception.  Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.

New Technology Forum

Hyatt Regency Savannah


Contact:  Sandra Davis


The New Technology Forum is an hour long session where the exhibitors tel you “what’s new.” in the products and/or services.  Tentative schedule for NTF to be posted after Oct 2nd.Only tabletop exhibitors are eligible to participate in the New Technology Forum. 
In the event there are more NTF presenters than time allows, presenters will be determined by lottery.
Moderator: Robert Charvat, Charvat & Associates


Networking Reception
Hyatt Regency Savannah
A repeat event due to popularity:   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.
5K Fun Run/Walk
benefiting Habitat for Humanity
Event Sponsor: Dominion Colour
Contact:  Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour,
Fee:  $20/person (pre-register for this event)

 Fee includes a t-shirt.

Your $20 donation will be matched by SPECAD.
Start your Tuesday morning off right.  Join us for a fun walk/run around the famous squares of Savannah.  You\’ll be back in time to catch the first paper.  
7:00am-meet in lobby

Awards Luncheon Program
Savannah Hyatt Regency


Contact:  Roger Reinicker
Fee: Included w/ Registration


Be sure to join us to for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 20 as we celebrate participation in SPE CAD.
Awards to be given include:
ANTEC 2009 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2008 Best Paper Award
5K Fun Run/Walk Awards
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
CAD RETEC 2009 Committee Recognition



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 4:30pm on Tuesday after the last paper.
SPE CAD 2009 Survey (pdf)
Prizes include:
Looking for donations!


Got prizes and giveaways?
Contact Scott Aumann


 CAD RETEC 2009 Exhibitors (as of  October 7, 2009) 

Exhibitor Space-Reserve by Sept 11, 2009  (after that, inquire)

Tabletop Exhibit Space is available to showcase your company.  Space is limited, so reserve early. Each Exhibit includes 2 paid conference registrations.  A networking reception will 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 \’2009 CAD RETEC\’

Advanced Blenders* Datacolor
Dominion Colour (DCC)
Agrofert Dupont Titanium Technologies
AMI (Appled Marketing Information) Eckart
American Leistritz Extruders EMD Chemicals**
Automatik Plastics Machinery* Ferro
Azalea Color* FInos LLC/Deurex
BYK Gardner Heucotech Ltd.
Concord Color*
Coperion JECO Pigments
Cristal Global**  Kenrich Petrochemicals
Croda*  Keystone Aniline
CW Brabender Instruments Konica Minolta Sensing Americas



 Lanxess Sachtleben Corp
Paramount Colors Shepherd Color
Plastics Consulting** Sun Chemical
Maroon Inc. Silberline
Mayan Pigments Steer America*
MDI* Sudarshan North America*
Tomatec America**
Nubiola** Triad Sales*
Penn Color**
Polymer Color Services* United Mineral & Chemical (UMC)
 Rockwood Pigments X-Rite
Royale Pigments & Chemicals. Yipin Pigments*




 *new exhibitor

 CAD RETEC 2009 Committee  


Chair Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals

 Johnny Suthers, Eastman Chemical

Technical Program
Earl Balthazar, Spectrotechs Color Solutions
Ann Smeltzer, Lanxess
New Technology Forum

Sandra Davis, Dupont Titanium Technologies

Bruce Mulholland, Ticona
Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour



Sponsorhsip Sharyl Reid, A. Schulman
Exhibitors Brian West, Techmer PM
Printing Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color
Publicity/Web Site Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color
Fun Run/Walk Howard Kennedy, Dominion Colour
 Mark Tyler, A. Schulman
Scott Heitzman, Sun Chemical