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Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD)



Please join us in Nashville for another great CAD RETEC Conference.  For over 47 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 2010 CAD RETEC will be held in Nashville, Tennesee from September 13-16.   The conference hotel was not affected by the recent Nashville floods.      
                                 See you in Nashville!


-Brian West
CAD RETEC 2010 Chairperson



General Info

CAD RETEC 2010  Brochure (pdf) updated 8/12

Plastics Engineering July Ad (pdf)

New Technology Forum Schedule (pdf)

WHO ATTENDED 2009 (pdf)

Downtown Parking (pdf)

For Attendees

Online Registration

Mail/Fax Registration Form (doc)

Twitter CADRETEC Follow CADRETEC on Twitter
Tweeting at CADRETEC (see pg 2)
Twitter 101

Pre Conferenece Seminar “Coloring of Plastics” Overivew

Online Registration-PreConference Seminar



For Exhibitors

Exhibitor Info

Exhibor Shipping letter (pdf)

Exhibitor Shipping ekit (pdf)

Exhibitor Hotel A/V order form (xls)

Exhibitor Hotel A/V order form (pdf)

For Sponsors

Online Sponsorship Donation

Corporate Sponsorship Form (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,
 BASF Lansco Colors Your Company Could Be Here!
EMD Chemical  Nubiola Shepherd Color Dominion Colour
Dominion Colour
DuPont Titanium Technologies  Sun Chemical Clariant  Your Company Could Be Here!
 A. Schulman    Eckart M. Holland Ferro

LTL Color Compounders
LTL Color Compounders

 lanxess Tronox  Your Company Could Be Here!

REGISTRATION FEES (Approximate -subject to change)

AVAILABLE May 24 to  Sept 7, 2010.
Registration *
(by 8/13)
(after 8/13)

SPE Member

$325 $425

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
*Each registration includes one Conference Abstract Book and one CD containing all papers. 

Conference Events

Opening Reception (Tuesday)


Golf Outing (Mon, 1pm)

$99 must preregister

5K Fun Run/Walk (Thurs AM)


Networking Reception (Weds)


Awards Luncheon (Weds)


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 (by 8/13/10) $1,125

Sponsor Donation

Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels available (inquire)

PreConference Tutorial “Coloring of Plastics”:
Registration Deadline Sept 1

“Coloring of Plastics” w/ Bob Charvat (Mon PM, Tues AM) $450
SPE Annual Membership $109



611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN  37203
Tel: 615-255-8400
Discounted Conf.  Room Rate:
$149/night-single occupancy
$149/night-double occupancy
Room Block Dates: Sept 10-18.
If booking prior to Sept 10 or after September 18, different rates may apply.
Rates subject to change after August 12, 2010.
Due to recent floods in Nashville affecting available city lodging, we recommend you reserve your hotel space early.
To Reserve by phone:  Tel: 800-266-9432
Request “SPE” Rate
To Reserve Hotel Online:
Hospitality Suite Reservations:
Please work directly with the hotel to reserve your Hospitality Suite space.
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 2010 room block. 
Thanks for your support and cooperation.

From Nashville Aiport (NHA)
Direction-8 miles E.
This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Alternate transportation:

  • Gray Line Downtown Airport Express; fee: 12 USD (one way) ;on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: 24.00  USD  (one way)
Renaissance Parking:
Valet parking, fee: 25 USD daily
Off-site parking, fee: 6 USD daily
Onsite Parking – Self Parking at $6.00 per day,



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Mon, September 13

 1:00p Golf Outing (Pre-register for this event)
Pre-Confernece Seminar Part 1:  Coloring of Plastics with Bob Charvat (Separate Registration required)
Tue, September 14
  8:00a-12:00p Pre-Conference Seminar Part 2:  Coloring of Plastics with Bob Charvat
10:40a Registration Desk Open
Exhibitor Set Up
Afternoon Session
Moderator: Jack Ladson
  1:30p Introduction & Welcome
Brian West, Techmer PM
  1:45p Plenary Lecture
Kurt Beyerchen, Nissan USA
  3:00p Coffee Break
Sponsor: Shepherd Color
  3:30p “Solutions for Bio-Based Polymers,”
Tad Finnegan, BASF
  4:00p “Spreading the Word on Product Safety,”
William Smith, Clariant
  4:30p Session Ends
Welcome Reception-Renaissance
Sponsor: EMD Chemicals

(Pick up your registration packet prior to this event to get your complimentary drink coupons)


Wed, September 15

7:00a Breakfast
Sponsor: Lansco Colors
7:15a Registration Desk Open
Morning Session
Moderator: Jim Figaniak
8:30a Plenary Lecture: “Pushing the Perceptual Envelope: Inducing Specific Hallucinations and Forbidden Colors,”
Vincent Billock, National Research Council
9:30a “Food Contact Colorand and Regulatory Limitations,”
Jim Rediske, Lanxess
10:00a Coffee Break
Sponsor: Sun Chemical
10:30 “Effect Pigments Create a NEW Colorspace,”
Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals
11:00a “VOC , UVs (and the dog ran away) – A Country Ballad for Colorful Nashville,”
Bruce Mulholland, Ticona
12:00p Awards Luncheon included with registration
Sponsor: Dominion Colour
Afternoon Session
Moderator: Johnny Suthers
  1:30p “Sustainability:  A Case Study”
Prakash Patel, Ampacet
  2:00p “Effect Pigments Processing Concerns,”
Joe Fay, BASF
  2:30p “High Solids Viscosity for TiO2 Masterbatch and its Relationship with Extruder Operations,”
Philipp Niedenzu, DuPont
  3:00p Coffee Break
Sponsor: Dupont Titanium Technologies
  3:30p “New Options in High Performance Pigments,”
Scott Heitzman, Sun Chemical
  4:00p “Rheological Considerations When Blending Materbatch and Resin,”
J. Donald Connolly, DuPont
New Technology Forum
NTF Moderator: Bob Charvat
Networking Reception- Exhibit Hall
Sponsor: Nubiola

Thurs, September 16

7:00a Speaker\’s Breakfast
Sponsor:  BASF
7:00a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity Plastics (Pregister for this event)
Sponsor: Dominion Colour
Morning Session
Moderator: Tom Rachal
8:30a “Polymer Coloration in Fingerprinting Applications”
Charles Steel, Aneval Inc
9:00a “The Effects of Accelerated Weathering onthe Physical Properties of Aluminum Flake-Pigmented Materials,”
Jeff Drusda, Silberline
9:30a Coffee Break
Sponsor: Clariant

“Reducing Color Development Risk inthe Virtual World”
Shannon Radcliffe, Techmer PM


10:30a “Innovative New Pigments the Provide an Eco-friendly Way to Sustain Bright Shades,”
Helen Hatcher, Rockwood Pigments
11:00a Closing Remarks
Survey Raffle
11:30p Conference Ends


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Mon, September 13


 Windtree Golf Club
Contact:  Jack Marshall
SPE Tennessee Valley Section
cell:  615-815-5232
Fee – $99/person
includes cart and lunch
(Must Pre-register for this event)


. Prizes will be awarded .


Join your friends at  the CAD RETEC Golf Outing at the Windtree Golf Club in Mt. Joliet, TN just minutes from downtown Nashville.

Golf Format:  4 Man Scramble
Golf prizes will be awarded at the course.

Tentative :schedule-subject to change:
11:00a – Registration at Club
12:00p- Lunch (included)
1:00p – Tee Time (Shotgun Start)


PreConference  Seminar 
Contact:  Bob Charvat (
Fee:  $450 (separate registration required)
Fee includes tutorial materials and coffee breaks.  Lunch is on your own.

Monday: 12:30pm – Registration

Monday: 1-5pm  Session 1
Tuesday:  8am-12pm- Session 2  

Subject to cancellation of minimum participants is not met.



Tues, September 14

PreConference Tutorial 
Renaissance-Blue Grass Room

Tuesday:  8am-12pm- Session 2
(See Monday for details)
Welcome Reception


Fee:  included with registration


The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Sept 14 at the Nashville Renaissance.   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.” 
 Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.
Wed, September 15


Awards Luncheon Program
Contact: Roger Reinicker
Fee:  included with registration

Be sure to join us for the Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept 16 as we celebrate participation in SPE CAD.  Awards to be given include:
ANTEC 2010 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2009 Best Paper Award
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
CAD RETEC 2010 Committee Recognition




New Technology Forum


Contact:  Sandra Davis
NTF Schedule


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 September 10.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
A repeat event due to popularity:   a networking reception in the Exhibit area on Weds 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.
Thurs, September 16


Fun Run/Walk to benefit Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Howard Kennedy
Fee:  $20, register separately 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 sites of Nashville including the Music Walk of Fame, Printers Alley, and LP Field.  You’ll be back in time to catch the first paper.  

7:00am-meet in lobby

Fun Run Route

Fun Run Waiver and Route (PDF)

Walk Route will be shorter than the Run Route/  Both routes are shown in the above PDF..





Annual SPE CAD Survey Raffle
 Technical Session Hall
Your Opinion Counts and it may be rewarded! Be sure to complete this year\’s SPECAD Feedback survey and drop it off at the SPE CAD booth before 10am on Thursday morning..  Each completed survey will be entered in a drawing for prizes.  Drawing for prizes will be after the last paper on Thursday.  It pays to stay!

Prizes include:

Grand Prize: Apple iPAD!

Other Prizes:
Plantronics Noice Cancelling Bluetooth  Headset
CAD Conference Archive DVD
Limited Edition RETEC Artwork

SPE CAD Conference Archive DVD

 We are looking for prizes and giveaway donations.
Got prizes and giveaways? Your company will be mentioned as the donator when the prize is raffled.
Contact Brian West for more info.




 EXHIBITORS (As of 8/25/2010)

Exhibitor Space-Reserve by August  13, 2010  (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  Wednesday evening. 
For reservations, Contact Brian West (ph:  865-457-6700)   or fax your request to him at FAX: 865-457-3012.  Reference: 2010 CAD RETEC

Agrofert Datacolor
Aakash Chemicals DayGlo
American Leistritz Extruders Dominion Colour (DCC)
Applied Market Information(AMI) Dupont Titanium Technologies
Automatik Plastics Machinery Eckart America
BASF EMD Chemicals**
Chemtura* Ferro
Clariant Heucotech LTD
Concord Color Holliday/Rockwood
Coperion Huntsman
Cristal Global** Isocolor
CyberChrome* Jeco Pigment
Konica Minolta Sensing Americas
 Lanxess  Sachtleben
 Maroon Inc.  Shepherd Color
 Modern Dispersions  Silberline
 Mixaco USA*  Steer America
 New Brook International*  Sudarshan
 Nubiola**  Sun Chemical
 Paramount Colors  Tomatec America**
 PCC Chemax  United Mineral & Chemical (UMC)
 Polymer Color Services  X-Rite
 Rockwood Pigments  Yipin Pigments
 Royale Pigments
 **Website Sponsor  *new exhibitor
CAD RETEC 2010 Committee  
Chair Brian West, Techmer PM
Vice-Chair Austin Reid, Dupont Titanium Technologies
Technical Program
Austin Reid, Dupont Titanium Technologies
Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
New Technology Forum

Sandra Davis, Dupont Titanium Technologies

Sponsorship 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
Golf Jack Marshall, RTP Company