This Conference is complete.  Please join us in 2015 for the next CAD RETEC.
(last update 9/29/2014) 

September 14-16, 2014

Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD)

spe cad retec 2014 logo


Registration is Closed!

The 52st Annual Society of Plastics Engineers Color and Appearance Division CAD RETEC® is quickly approaching. The conference hotel is located near New Orlean\’s French Quarter and will serve as an excellent setting for the theme of this year’s CAD RETEC®, “It\’s a Colorful World”. CAD RETEC® is the largest technical conference hosted in North America that is specifically dedicated to the color and appearance of plastics.


CAD RETEC® 2014 will be held from September 14-16. I invite you to join us in colorful New Orleans because “It\’s a Colorful World”.

Earl Balthazar
Conference Chair


General Info


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General Info

Plastic Engineering Magazine Ad (jpgf)

April 2014 postcard (pdf)

Golf Outing flyer (pdf)

July Postcard (pdf)

New Technology Forum Schedule (PDF)

Pocket Program (pdf)

For Attendees-CAD RETEC


Mail/Fax Registration Form (editable doc,)



Download papers link should be avialble by 9/20.  We apologize for the delay.  You must be registered to download the papers.  Instructions supplied in registration packet

If you have trouble downloading send us an email: (remove xxx before sending)

For Exhibitors 


General Shipping Instructions -(pdf)

Freeman Shipping Instuctions -(pdf)
Freeman-Order by Sept 5 for discounted rates

Final Instructions (pdf) 

2014 Exhibitor FAQ (pdf)

For Sponsors 


Corporate Sponsorship Info (editable .doc)

NOTE: To appear in conference mailing, sponsorships must be receved by June 1,2014


SPE Color & Appearance Group



CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS –Now Seeking Sponsors for CAD RETEC 2014.

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  Scott Aumann,  (ph:  912-210-0175, the xxx from Scott\’s email address before sending).  Deadline for sponsors logo to appear in final brochure is June 1, 2014.
 Lansco Colors BASF      
Tronox  Clariant International Ltd.   Shepherd Color   
  Munzing  EMD  DuPont Titanium Technologies   
  Nubiola  Dominion Color  Kronos   
Eckart  Ferro Spectra  Sun Chemical 
  Cabot M. Holland   Celanese 
    Silberline  Trust Chem Lanxess 


Link available until Sept 5  After that, register onsite.

Conference Registration* Advance (by 8/14) Onsite/ Online Late (after 8/14)
SPE Member $340 $440 
Non-Member w/ SPE Membership $490 $590
Non-Member declining SPE membership $550 $650
Speaker/Moderator $170
SPE Emeritus Member $100
Student (Valid ID Required) $  50
SPE Membership Dues Renewal Only $109

*Each registration includes One Conference CD or flash drive containing all papers 

Events Registraton
Golf Outing (Sunday)  $130
Welcome Reception (Sunday) Included (RSVP when you register)
Networking Reception(Monday) Included (RSVP when you register)
5K Fun Run/ Walk (Tuesday) $20
Awards Lunch (Tuesday) Included RSVP when you register
Extra Conference Literature
Extra Conference CD $115
SPE CAD Archive DVD-searchable compilation of conference  papers from 1961-2007 ($25 discount for RETEC attendees) $175
Exhibitors and Sponsors Only
Exhibit Space (incl. 2 conference registrations) $950 (by 8/15) $1,175 (subject to availability)
Sponsor Donation Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels available (Inquire)
PreConference Seminar "Coloring of Plastics":
Registration Deadline-n/a
Coloring of Plastics w/ Bob Charvat (Sunday) Cancelled for 2014.  Check back in 2015.



Marriott New Orleans


To Reserve by Phone:  

504-581-1000 or 


Request Group Rate:
"Society of Plastics Engineers –
Color & Appeance Division" 

Marriott New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

555 Canal Street 
New Orleans  Louisiana  70130 

Phone:        504-581-1000
Toll Free: 1-888-364-1200

Discounted Conference. Room Rate:
$159/night-single occupancy

$159/night-double occupancy


Room Block Dates: Sept 12-17

Rates will increase significantly after August 15, 2014 at 5pm or whenever the room block is full. 
Cancellation policy:  Any hotel reservation canceled within 48 hours of arrival date will be charged for one (1) night\’s room and tax.

Hospitality Suite Reservations:
Please contact conference chair Earl Balthazar (  for information about  hospitality suite reservations.
(remove the xxx from Earl\’s email address prior to sending)
Important Note to Attendees:
Be sure to stay at the conference hotel if possible.  Meeting our contracted number of rooms helps defer the cost of meeting space and registration fees and helps us obtain lower room rates of the attendees.  Make sure your room and hospitality suites are part of the CAD RETEC 2014 room block. 
Thanks for your support and cooperation.
 Transporation Information
You are strongly advised not to drive in New Orleans. There are many options for transportation from the airport.
 Discounted Transportation from Airport

SPECAD RETEC 2014 Official Discounted Airport Shuttle
We have arranged for discounted Airport Shuttle Service:
Discounted Round Trip: $35/person
One Way Round Trip: $20/person

Book Shuttle

Rules to use this discount:

  • Booking reservation must be made ONLINE.
  • Booking must be completed at least 24 hours prior to your flight’s arrival time in New Orleans
  • The discount does not apply if you make the reservation by phone..
  • Changes to your online booking (existing reservation) can be made by phone (866-596-2699).



(Subject to Change-Check Back Often for More Details)
(Central Time Zone)

Sun, September 14 Mon, September 15 Tues, September 16
9:00am-3pm Golf Outing
8:30a-5:00p Pre-Conference Seminar:  Coloring of Plastics
1:00p-6:00p Registration Desk Open
Acadia Foyer
Exhibitor Set Up

Welcome Reception

Sponsors: EMD & Kronos
(Pick up your registration packet prior to this event to get your complimentary drink coupons)

Golf Outing Prizes will be presented at the Welcome Reception.

  Hotel Keycards Sponsor:  BASF 
7:30a Breakfast-
Sponsor: Lansco
7:30a Registration Desk Open
  Morning Session
Mardi Gras Ballroom
Moderator: Bruce Mulholland, Celanese
8:15a Opening Remarks
Earl Balthazar
8:30a Keynote "Public Percepton of Plastics"
Rudy Underwood, American Chemistry Council
9:30a "The Global Economy-Precariousness of Supply Chain, Globalization of Regulations, and How to Protect Yourself"
Bruce Howie, Dominion Color
10:00a Coffee Break (Exhibits Open-)
Sponsor: Clariant
10:30a  "Fundamentals of Twin-Screw Extrusion- Color MB Prossessing: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them"

Paul G. Anderson, Coperion
11:00a "Influence of TiO2 Feeding on Twin Screw Extrusion Compounding"

J.D. Connolly, DuPont Titanium Technologies
11:30a  "Dispersion of Pigments in Plastics Applications"

Mahesh Mettelloo, Sudarshan  
11:30p-1:30p Lunch 
On Your Own:
  Afternoon Session
Mardi Gras Ballroom
Moderator:  Nathan Karszes, Nubiola
1:30p Panel Discussion:
" Color Tolerancing  " 
Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color
Diane McLendon, Otterbox
Doug Koerner, Keystone
Bruce Mulholland, Celanese
Alan Bodi, Uniform Color
Earl Balthazar, Datacolor

Audience Response Devices will be available to each audience member for responding to poll questions during the panel discussion.
3:00p Coffee Break
Sponsor: Shepherd Color
3:30p  "Pigments for Sensitive Applications"
Tom Chirayil, BASF
4:00p  "Advances in Liquid Color Technology"
Inga Lesko, Clariant BU Masterbatch 
4:30p New Technology Forum (pdf)
Mardi Gras Ballroom
NTF Moderator:  Sandra Davis, Dupont Titanium Technoloigies

NTF Schedule (pdf)

6:00p Networking Reception- 
Acadia Ballroom

Sponsor: Nubiola

 7:00a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity Plastics
(Pregister for this event)
Sponsor: Dominion Colour
 7:30a  Breakfast–On your own
  Morning Session
Mardi Gras Ballroom
Moderator:  Austin Reid, Dupont Titanium Technologies
9:00a  "Colorants for Plastics-Emerging Trends and Technologies"

Krishnamoorthy Sivakumar, PolyOne
9:30a  "Iron Oxides/Inorganic Pigments for Plastics"

George Podolsky, Rockwood Pigments 
10:00a Coffee Break
Sponsor: DuPont Titanium Technologies
10:30a "Blue Undertone Enhancement of Black and Grey PP Injection Molded PP"

Nathan Karszes, Nubiola
11:00a  "Lighter, Faster, Stronger:  Additive Solutions for Automotive Plastics"

Emilie Meddah, Clariant BU Additives
11:30a "Gaining Competitive Advantage through Digital Appearance Technology in teh Automotive Interior Supply Chain"  
Phil Ruggiero, Datacolor
12:00p Awards Luncheon included with registration
Preservation Hall
Sponsor: Tronox
  Afternoon Session
Mardi Gras Ballroom
Moderator:  Jim Figaniak
1:30p " Inorganic Pigments:  From Caveman to the 21st Century"
Mark Ryan, Shepherd Company 
2:00p  "Measurement Technology to Evaluate Light Protection:  What You  See May Not Be What You Protect"
Phil Niedenzu, Dupont Titanium Technologies
2:30p Coffee Break
Sponsor: Munzing
3:00p  "Effects of Disinfectant Grade Cleaner on Physical Properties of Cell Phone Cases"

Diane McLendon, Otterbox 
3:30p  "It\’s a Colorful World:  Developing Technologies to Keep it that Way"  
Joseph Fay, BASF
4:00p Closing Remarks-Earl Balthzar
Survey Raffle

– MC-Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color
Grand Prizes:  
IPad mini
Android tablet
Apple TV

Other Prizes-
Archive DVD
Free Night at Westin-Indy
Free Night @ Marriott- New Orleans
Free Night at New Orleans Marriott
Free Registration at CAD RETEC 2015
Emergency Radio
CAD RETC Limited Edition Art
(must be present to win)



 SPECIAL EVENT DETAILS (Preliminary-Subject to change)

(NOTE: remove XXX from email addresses before sending email to contact)

Sun, September 14
Golf Outing (Subject to change)

TPC Louisiana
11001 Lapalco Blvd, Avondale, LA 

Golf Outing Flyer (pdf)

Contact:  Mark Tyler, Celanese
(remove xxx before emailing)

Fee – $130/person
includes warm up range balls, green fees, cart fees and box lunch
(Must Pre-register for this event.)

Join your friends at  the CAD RETEC Golf Outing at the  Golf Club,  Transportation is on your own.  

Golf Format:  Shot Gun Start at 12:00pm CST
Golf prizes will be awarded at the Welcome Reception.

11:00a – Registration at Club
12:00p- Shot Gun Start
Awards at CAD RETEC Welcome Reception

Pre-Conference Seminar
"Coloring of Plastics"

Unfortunately, the very popular "Coloring of Plastics" seminar will not be offered in 2014.

Bob Charvat, our dear friend and champion of all things color and plastic,  passed away unexpectedly in January 2014.

Out of respect for Bob, we will not offer this seminar this year.  We know Bob would want us to continue his legacy of plastics coloration education, so we hope to offer the course again at future CAD RETECs.

Welcome Reception
6pm-8pm (TIME CHANGED)


EMD Chemicals and Kronos

Fee:  included with registration

 Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.
Mon, September 15
Panel Discussion
" Color Tolerancing  " 

Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color


Diane McLendon, Otterbox

Doug Koerner, Keystone

Bruce Mulholland, Celanese

Alan Bodi, Uniform Color

Earl Balthazar, Datacolor

Audience Response Devices will be available to each audience member for responding to poll questions during the panel discussion.

 New Technology Forum




Contact:  Sandra Davis
NTF Schedule (pdf)

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: Sandra Davis

Networking Reception

Sponsored by:  Nubiola


A repeat event due to popularity:   a networking reception in the Exhibit area on Tuesday 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.

Tue, September 16
 Fun Run/Walk
Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Contact  Noella MacLean, Dominion Color
(remove xxx before emailing)

DCC Fun Run 2014 Poster
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 downtown Louisville.  You\’ll be back in time to catch the first paper.  
7:00am-meet in lobby

Fun Run  Route (PDF)
Walk Route will be shorter than the Run Route.

Fun Run Waiver (pdf) (print, sign, and bring with you)

Sponsored by: Dominion Colour

Awards Luncheon Program
Marriott-Preservation Hall
Contact: Tom Rachal or Bruce Mulholland

Fee: included with registration
Sponsored by:  Tronox
Be sure to join us for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept 16 as we celebrate participation in SPE CAD. Awards to be given include:
ANTEC 2014 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2013 Best Paper Award
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
CAD RETEC 2014 Committee Recognition

 Annual SPE CAD Raffle
from Completed Survey Forms

 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 12pm on Tuesday.  Each completed survey will be entered in a drawing for prizes.  Drawing for prizes will be after the last paper on Tuesday.  It pays to stay as you must be present to win!
Prizes include:

Grand Prize: 

Other Prizes-

Archive DVD
Free Night at Westin

Free Registration at CAD RETEC 2015
Emergency Radio

CAD RETC Limited Edition Framed Lithograph Art

 We are looking for prizes and giveaway donations.
worth at least $20. Your company will be mentioned as the donator when the prize is raffled.
Contact Brian West for more info.




Exhibitor Space-Reserve by August 15,  2014  (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: 2014 CAD RETEC
3V Datacolor 
Aakash Chemicals & Dye-Stuffs Dominion Colour Corp (DCC)
Agrofert USA  Dorstener Wire Tech*
Apex Colors *   Dupont Titanium Technologies 
Al-Farben, S.A. *  
Applied Market Information (AMI) Eckart  and Byk
Birla Carbon* Faci SPA 
Brabender Technologie  Ferro
Brenntag  Specialties Fortune International Technology
Cinic  HL Blachford *
Clariant Heucotech 
 Coperion,  Coperion K-Tron Huntsman – Pigments Div.
C.W. Brabender Instruments   iD Additives  
Kenrich Petrochemicals Shepherd Color  
Keystone Silberline 
Lanxess  SPE/ Terra Tech/ SPE Euro SIG
Leistritz Steer America 
Lubrizol *  Sudarshan
  Sun Chemical
Mixaco *  
Modern Dispersions Tinox*
Munzing  Tomatec America 
 Nubiola  Trust Chem   
 Omya United Mineral & Chemical (UMC)
 Paramount Colors  Van Horn, Metz & Co. *
  Welset Americas   
Rockwood Pigments  Yipin Pigments  
 2014 RETEC SPONSOR in Bold  *new exhibitor
  See CAD RETEC 2013 Exhibitors 
CAD RETEC 2014 Committee (Click Name to Contact via
Earl Balthazar, Datacolor
Technical Program
Brenda Mullins, Clariant
Nathan Karszes, Nubiola

New Technology Forum
Sandra Davis, Dupont Titanium Technologies
On-Site Registration
 Bruce Mulholland, Celanese
Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals
Cheryl Treat, A. Schulman
Brian West, Techmer PM
Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color
Web Site
Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
Tracy Phillips
, Uniform Color
Fun Run/Walk
Noella MacLean,  Dominion Color 
Mark Tyler, Celanese 
Members at Large
Paul Bykowski, G.B. Consulting
Jeff Drusda
, Silberline