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October 4-6, 2015

Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD)


OCTOBER 4-6, 2015

Color & Appearance Division



The 53rd Annual Society of Plastics Engineers Color and Appearance Division RETEC® is quickly approaching.  CAD RETEC® 2015 “Winning with Color “will be held in Indianapolis, which a great venue to meet and discuss color.  We will be joined by members of the Inter-Society Color Council, ISCC, which is an organization that shares our dedication to color education and communication. Their contribution to the conference promises to enrich the technical program.  CAD RETEC® 2015 is the world’s largest technical conference in North America that is specifically dedicated to the color and appearance of plastics.



Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
Conference Chair
2015 SPE CAD RETEC® (remove the xxx from email address)




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General Info

Plastic Engineering Magazine Ad (jpdf) 

March 2015 postcard (pdf)


Golf Outing flyer (pdf) August Postcard (pdf)

New Technology Forum Schedule (PDF)


Pocket Program (pdf)

For Attendees-CAD RETEC


Mail/Fax Registration Form (editable doc)



Download papers button will go live during the conference.  If you get an error message, the link has not been activated yet so try again later.   You must be registered to download the papers.  Instructions are supplied in registration packet

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


For Exhibitors


General Shipping Instructions National Expo 2015 CAD RETEC Service Kit (pdf)

Tabletop Registration, Download Form (pdf)

Shipping Information (pdf)

2015 Exhibitor FAQ (pdf) 

2015 RETEC Exhibitor Final Instructions

For Sponsors


Corporate Sponsorship Info (editable .doc)

NOTE: To appear in conference mailing, sponsorships must be receved by May 20, 2015


SPE Color & Appearance Group










2015 CORPORATE SPONSORS — Now Seeking Sponsors for CAD RETEC 2015

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:  phone- (912) 210-0175,  (remove the xxx from Scott’s email address before sending)
Deadline for sponsors logo to appear in final brochure is May 20, 2015.
 Lansco Colors


Steer Sun Chemical
Clariant International Ltd.   Shepherd Color EMD
  Nubiola Dominion Color Tronox 
   A. Schulman Trust Chem Kronos  
Silberline Cabot  Spectra  Ferro 
aakash chemicals Lanxess M. Holland




Link available until Sept 5  After that, register onsite.
Conference Registration* Advance (by 9/4) Onsite/ Online Late (after 9/4)
SPE Member/ISCC 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 download access to all  conference papers 

Events Registraton
Golf Outing (Sunday)  $105
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/ Bruce Mulholland (Sunday, October 4) $490



Westin Indianpolis

The Westin Indianapolis


To Reserve by Phone:


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

Westin Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana


50 S. Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, Indiana  46204 

GPS Address:
305 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone:      (317) 262-8100
Toll Free:

Discounted Conference. Room Rate:
$165/night-single occupancy


$165/night-double occupancy



Room Block Dates: Oct 4-7

Rates will increase significantly after September 2, 2015 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 Betty Puckerin (  for information about  hospitality suite reservations.
(remove the xxx from Betty’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 2015 room block. 
Thanks for your support and cooperation.
 Transporation Information
Closest Airport:  IND – Indianapolis
GPS Users:  Note that the hotel address(50 S Capital Ave)  takes you to the side entrance of the hotel.  

GPS Address:
305 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204


Additional parking info can be found at:


Transportation to/from Airport

SPECAD RETEC 2015 Airport Shuttle
GO Green Airport Shuttle
Hours:  8:00AM-11:00PM, 7 days a week
One Way: $10/person

Book Shuttle

Rules to use this discount:

  • Booking reservation ONLINE gaurantees reservation.
  • Drivers do not accept cash.  If paying at the bus with a credit card, bus may be full and you may need to wait.
  • See webpage for complete details and bus schedule

Local Interest

Downtown Indianapolis Restaurant Map

Top Ten Things To Do In Indy

Unique Restaurants in Indy



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

Sun, October 4
Mon, October 5
Tues, October 6
10:30am-4pm Golf Outing
8:30a-5:00p Pre-conference Seminar, Senate 3

Coloring of Plastics

1:00p-8:00p Registration Desk Open
Location:  Grand 4 Foyer
Exhibitor Set Up


Welcome Reception

Dessert Reception

Capital Ballroom

Music By Color Eye Blind

A. Schulman and EMD Performance Materials

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.

  Bottles of Water:  Trust Chem 
  Hotel Keycards Sponsor:  BASF
  WiFi in Exhibit Hall:  Sun Chemical
  WiFi in Rooms:  Steer
7:00a-8:00a Breakfast
Sponsor: Lansco Colors
Capital Ballroom

7:30a Registration Desk Open
  Grand 4 Foyer
  Morning Session
Grand 5
Moderator: Cheryl Treat, A. Schulman
8:00a Opening Remarks
Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
Scott Heitzman, Sun Chemical
Dr, Ellen Carter, ISCC
8:30a Keynote
“3D Printing:  The Disruptive Technology”
Ron Beck, Americhem
9:30a “Heat Stability & Compatibility of Dyestuff with Engineering Plastics”
Breeze Briggs, BASF
10:00a Coffee Break (Exhibits Open)
Sponsor: Clariant
10:30a  “Manipulation of Polymer Refractive Index to Achieve Highly Chromatic Colors in ASA Polymers”
Steven Blazey, A. Schulman
11:00a “What is the Shape of a Color-Tolerance Surface”
Dr. Michael H. Brill, Datacolor, ISCC
11:30a “Enforcing Constraints in the Kubelka-Munk Calculations”
Paul Centore – Consultant
12:00p-1:30p Lunch
On  Your Own

  Afternoon Session
Grand 5
Moderator:  Earl Balthazar, Datacolor
1:30p Panel Discussion:
” Color Trend for 2016 and Beyond”

Jeff Drusda, Silberline
Doreen Becker, A. Schulman, Program Coordinator
Linda Carroll, Ampacet
George Ianuzzi, Sudarshan
Dr. Danny Rich, Sun Chemical

Audience Response Devices will be available to each audience member for responding to poll questions during the panel discussion.
3:00p Coffee Break
Sponsor:  Kronos
3:30p “An Analysis of the Thermochromism Properties of Colored PVC Tiles for the Precise Color Measurement of Composite Materials”
Jiangning Che & Muditha Senanayake, California State Polytechnic University
4:00p “Creating Appearance with Pigments and Polymers”
Romesh Kumar, Clariant
 4:30p  “Will Color Engineering Ever Be a Reality”
Dr. Danny Rich, Sun Chemical, ISCC
5:00p New Technology Forum

NTF Moderator:   Sandra Davis, The Chemours Company

NTF Schedule (pdf)

6:00p-7:00pm Networking Reception-
Grand 1-4
Sponsor: Nubiola

 7:00a 5K Fun Run/Walk for Habitat for Humanity Plastics
(Pregister for this event)
Sponsor: Dominion Colour
   Breakfast–On your own
 8:00a-12:00p Registration Desk Open
Grand 4 Foyer 
  Morning Session
Grand 5
Moderator:  Jack Ladson, Color Science Consultancy
8:00a Keynote
“Patenting a Color”
John Seymour, “The Math Guy” ISCC
9:00a “Second-order-diffraction Correction in Spectrophotometry”
Dr. Zhiling Xu & Dr. Michael H. Brill, Datacolor & ISCC
9:30a Coffee Break
Sponsor:  The Chemours Company

10:00a The Role of Colorants in Preventing Riboflavin Photo-Oxidation
Denise Conner, The Chemours Company

10:30a “Color Vision Fundamentals: A Model for the Future of Colorimetry”
Dr. Francoise Vienot, Museum National d’History Naturelle,
ISCC Award Recipient, ISCC
11:30-1:30p Awards Luncheon
(included with registration)
Capital Ballroom
Sponsor: Tronox

  Afternoon Session
Grand 5
Moderator:  Jim Rediske, BASF
1:30p “The Influence of Ultraviolet Absorbers on the Color of Plastics”
Tad Finnegan, BASF
2:00p  “New Pigment Developments for Plastics Industry
Mark Vincent, Dominion Colour Corp
2:30p Coffee Break
Sponsor: Shepherd Color

3:00p “A New Xenon Arc Accelerated Weathering Method Expands the State of the Art”
Sean Fowler, Q-Lab
3:30p  “Supra Threshold – Small Color Differences”
Dr. Renzo Shamey, NC State, ISCC
 4:00p “Processing Mica-Based Pigments”
Rob Roden, Steer World
4:30p Closing Remarks
Betty Puckerin, Ampacet

Survey Raffle
MC:  Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color Company
Grand Prizes:
GoPro Hero3+ Silver Camera
iPad Mini4 
Other Prizes-
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader

(must be present to win)


 SPECIAL EVENT DETAILS (Preliminary-Subject to change)

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

Sun, October 4

Golf Outing 

Brickyard Crossing Golf Course
4400 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IL 46222

Golf Outing Flyer (pdf)

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


Fee – $105/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 EST
Golf prizes will be awarded at the Welcome Reception.


10:30a – Registration at Club
12:00p- Shot Gun Start
Awards at CAD RETEC Welcome Reception
Pre-Conference Seminar
“Coloring of Plastics”
Presented by Bruce Mulholland
8:30AM – 5:30PM

Welcome Reception

Dessert Reception

 and A Schulman

Musci by Color Eye Blind



Fee:  included with registration


 Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.
Mon, October 5
Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion:
” Color Trend for 2016 and Beyond”

Jeff Drusda, Silberline
Doreen Becker, A. Schulman, Program Coordinator   
Linda Carroll, Ampacet
George Ianuzzi, Sudarshan
Dr. Danny Rich, Sun Chemical

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, October 6

 Fun Run/Walk
Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Westin Indianapolis

Contact:  Bruce Clatworthy, Dominion Color
(remove xxx before emailing)

Fee:  $20, register separately for this event
Fee includes a t-shirt for the first 40 runners..

Your $20 donation will be matched by SPECAD.
Start your Tuesday morning off right.  Join us for a fun walk/run around downtown Indianapolis.  You\’ll be back in time to catch the first paper.  
Awards Luncheon Program
Capital Ballroom
Contact: Tom Rachal
Fee: included with registration
Sponsored by:  Tronox
Be sure to join us for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday as we celebrate participation in SPE CAD. Awards to be given include:
ANTEC 2015 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2014 Best Paper Award
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
CAD RETEC 2015 Committee Recognition
 Annual SPE CAD Raffle
from Completed Survey Forms


 Grand 5
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:
GoPro Hero4 Camera
iPad Mini

Other Prizes-

Archive DVD

Free Registration at CAD RETEC 2016


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.


Panel Discussion
Color Trends For 2016 And Beyond

Please join us Monday October 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm to participate in an interactive panel discussion on Color Trends for the Plastics Industry.  We have assembled an esteemed panel of color trend and technical experts who will guide us through a series of questions and answers that will be asked of the audience who will register their answers electronically and then will be discussed by our panelists.  This should be a lively and informative discussion.

 2015 Panelists
Doreen Becker has been involved in the coloring of plastics for about 20 years.  After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry,  she started her career as an analytical chemist for an effect pigment company and then moved into plastics applications position with Engelhard where she learned about industrial design, color trending and color styling.  At that point she decided to return to school and obtain a Masters in Fine Arts from the New School University (Parsons) in 2001.   When BASF acquired Engelhard in 2007, she started her commercial role in market development for their specialty chemicals group (color and effect pigments for the plastics market.  In 2012, Doreen joined A. Schulman as a Strategic Account  Manager where she specialized in the health and beauty aids and packaging as well as creating and delivering  color trend presentations for the automotive, beauty, electronics and architectural markets.  She has travelled extensively and given papers in Europe, Asia, North & South Americas.  Doreen is a member of IDSA, a chairholder in the Color Marketing Group and serves on the board of the Society of Plastics Engineers for the Color & Appearance Division.  She also holds 10+ international technical and process patents that involve the coloration of plastics.  Doreen lives in Pleasantville, NY with her 11 year old son Grant and her spouse, MJ.
Dr. Danny Rich obtained his Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Idaho in 1973.  He received a Masters degree in Physics in 1977 from Virginia Polytechnic Institue and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.  He received a Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute working under Dr. Fred W. Billmeyer, Jr. 
He has worked for the Sherwin-Williams Company as a group leader, for Applied Color Systems,·Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey which became part of Datacolor International.  Dr. Rich held the position of manager of Advanced Colorimetry and Metrology. 
In 1998 Dr. Rich joined the Sun Chemical Corporation to direct the Sun Chemical Color Research Laboratory in the Daniel J. Carlick Technical Center, Carlstadt, New Jersey.  His team was responsible for the SmartColorTM product which was awarded a Thomas Alva Edison award for innovation by the Research Council of New Jersey.  Dr. Rich has published on all aspects of Color Science and Engineering.
 George Ianuzzi joined  Sudarshan Nain 2015  after 23 years of experience in the effect pigments, color, as applied to Plastics, Printing and Coatings.  Previously, George worked for EMD Chemicals as the Market Development Manager for the PPS group.  Prior to that, George  worked for Clariant Masterbatch at their Colorworks design center in New York City. He was responsible for helping to develop new and interesting packaging utilizing effect pigments. In addition, for 12 years, he was a Senior Sales Account Manager for Engelhard and Mearl where he exceeded all performance goals for effect pigments, organic, and complex  inorganic pigments.  He has served in a leadership role to The Color Marketing Group on their Executive Committee as Vice President and on their Board of Directors for almost 10 years.

Linda Carroll, Color Insight Manager at Ampacet, is an expert in cultural mapping and how it relates to the use of color and special effects in packaging, product and consumer goods across multiple industries. She has more than 30 years of experience in rigid and flexible packaging/products, as well as colorants and specialty additives.  


Linda works with consumer goods companies to support color selection in brand launches, the repositioning of current brands, provides the annual AmpaVision forecast, as well as the Ampacet Ideation Program for customers.


Linda is a member of the international Color Marketing Group, IDSA, The Color Association and several other international color, industry and futurist organizations.




CAD RETEC 2015 EXHIBITORS – as of September 9, 2015

Exhibitor Space-Reserve by August 15,  2015  (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 Dominion Colour  (DCC)
Agrofert USA  
Al-Farben/Torrecid *  
Apex Colors * Eckart 
 Applied Marketing Information (AMI) EMD
Brabender Technologie  FP Pigments
Brenntag Fortune Int’l Technology
HL Blachford *
The Cary Company * Huntsman – Pigments & Additives
The Chemours Company  Huntsman TiO2 
Clariant iD Additives * 
 Coperion,  Coperion K-Tron   
CQV Co* Keystone Aniline
 Lanxess Sichuan Lomon Co. *
Leistritz Shepherd Color
 Lubrizol Silberline
Maroon  SPE
Mason Color Corporation * STEER America
 Mixaco *  ST4 *
 Modern Dispersions Sun Chemical
Nubiola Technical Process & Engineering Inc.
Omya * Tronox 
  Trust Chem   
PCC-Chemax  United Mineral & Chemical (UMC)
  Precise Plastic Testing *  
  Zeppelin Systems USA *
 2015 RETEC SPONSOR in Bold  *new exhibitor
  See CAD RETEC 2014 Exhibitors 

CAD RETEC 2015 Committee (Click Name to Contact via











Betty Puckerin, Ampacet





















Scott Heitzman, Sun Chemical
















Technical Program





Tom Chirayl, BASF


  Jack Ladson,  Color Science Consultancy
















New Technology Forum






Sandra Davis, The Chemours Company


   Panel Discussion  




Doreen Becker,  A. Schulman




















Bruce Mulholland, Celanese












Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals





Cheryl Treat, A. Schulman















Brian West, Techmer PM





















Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color

















Web Site


Betty Puckerin, Ampacet







Jeff Drusda
, Silberline
















 Fun Run/Walk





Bruce Clatworthy,  Dominion Color 





















Mark Tyler, Celanese 














Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color






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