e-Training Webinars

Webinars are a convenient, quick and cost-effective way to educate IAPD members, plastics professionals and end users about the vast world of performance plastics. Presentations range from 30 minutes to an hour and allow companies to easily inform a target audience about an interesting topic they are knowledgeable on. If you have an area of expertise that you would like to present via webinar, please contact Courtney Karr to schedule a 2019 date.

Upcoming Webinars

To Register for an IAPD webinar: Login to your IAPD account. If you do not have an IAPD account, you will need to create an account below and login to register for this webinar. All IAPD members and non-members can create an IAPD account. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation from Go To Webinar with the call-in details. If you do not receive the email confirmation, please contact IAPD staff.


Selecting Performance Plastics - Seven Questions to Ask

Friday, March 29, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST



How to Select Performance Plastics
How can you make an intelligent material selection, especially at the beginning of a project, when the parameters may not be finite or well known? Selecting the ideal performance plastic material for any particular application can be challenging. To help streamline the process and narrow down the myriad of possible choices, there are seven key questions to address.

Seven Questions to Ask
With the “Seven Questions” method, the material selection process becomes straightforward. Employing a few, easily described categories, it is possible to narrow down the requirements to a manageable level. The result can then be matched to one of the material groups found on the IAPD Thermoplastics Rectangle.


REACh: What You Need To Know

Friday, April 12, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT




REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a European Union regulation that companies in the United States have been aware of for several years. It addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impacts on human health and the environment. The regulations shift the responsibility for the safe handling of chemicals to the industry by requiring all companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances into to European Union of ≥1 ton per year to register these substances. This webinar will cover what information is required to share along the supply chain to assist industry professionals with the responsibility for the safe manufacture and use of chemical substance.

Presenter Bio
Johannes Mohs is the head of quality management in the industrial division of the Röchling Group. Mohs has been with Röchling Engineering Plastics since April of 1992.


PAEK: Characteristics, Properties and Applications

Friday, April 19, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT



Applications for polymeric materials are getting harsher, which has increased the demand for more extreme materials. The polyaryletherketone (PAEK) family of thermoplastics can resist high temperatures and aggressive chemicals, exhibit low permeation and have outstanding mechanical properties. The PAEK family includes PEKK and PEEK polymers (in addition to others), but these are two very different materials. This webinar will outline PAEK technologies, their main characteristics and how tuning molecular structures can adjust properties for the final application. Multiple processing methods will also be discussed, showcasing how to make an array of diverse parts that enable many options for a variety of applications.

Presenter Bio:
Jason Lyons is currently the business manager of the Kepstan® PEKK product line within the technical polymers division at Arkema. Prior to accepting this role, he was a research and development manager within the Arkema coating resins division working on the optimization of impact modifiers and process aids for various resin systems. His areas of expertise include polymer processing, impact modification theory and polymer mechanics. Jason received his B.S.E in textile engineering from Philadelphia University and his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Drexel University. To date, Jason has more than 30 publications and presentations with five issued patents and several others pending.


Designing with Thermoplastics: Fluid Handling

Monday, May 6, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT



Thermoplastics are widely used to transport many different media including water, gases and chemicals; however, it can be challenging to convince new users that thermoplastics offer benefits over traditional metallic piping. Continuing to educate non-plastic users as to the safety that thermoplastics offer is our industry’s most basic challenge.

This educational webinar will cover:
- Advantages of thermoplastics
- Material options
- Joining techniques

Presenter Bio:
Alex Gambino is the Business Development Manager (BDM) for Asahi/America’s industrial and environmental piping systems. Alex has been with Asahi/America since 2007 in a variety of positions within Asahi’s engineering department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering technology, and a master of business administration from Northeastern University. Alex is a member of ASME where he volunteers on the Non-metallic Pressure Piping System Standard (NPPS) and B31.3 Process Piping committees. Alex is Located in Sacramento, CA.

Webinars On-Demand

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IAPD Webinar Replay from January 25, 2019

How the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program Can Impact Your Bottom Line




How the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program Can Impact Your Bottom Line


The shipping industry is experiencing a perfect storm. Every industry is feeling the pain.

Concerned about tariffs on China hitting your bottom line? Looking for other sources for materials? The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program eliminated nearly US$160 million in U.S. tariffs on imported chemicals and plastics in 2017, primarily from developing countries such as Brazil, India, Indonesia and Thailand. That figure will grow to about US$180 million in 2018 and possibly much larger in the future, particularly if companies shift sourcing to avoid tariffs on imports from China. Yet sourcing under the GSP program does carry some risk. This webinar will focus on:

• About the GSP program: history, benefits, risks
• Trump administration views on GSP and potential impacts on companies
• Congressional views on GSP and prospects for future authorizations

Presenter Bio:
Dan Anthony is Executive Director of the Coalition for GSP, a group of U.S. companies and associations that benefit from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program. In this capacity, he leads U.S. business community efforts in support of congressional reauthorization of the GSP program as necessary. The Coalition for GSP, and its Renew GSP Today website, is the primary source for research on the GSP program’s benefits for American companies and workers.