Understanding Raw Materials: The Building Blocks of Rubber Compounding

This one-day course provides a current overview of the raw material supply chain for the $240 billion rubber industry. In this course, you learn why various rubber chemicals, polymers and raw materials are used, what comparative advantages they provide the rubber industry and what competing uses they have within other industries. The instructor reviews present changes and the potential future effects of these changes on an international level. With an emphasis on new directions, you assess raw material supply chain disruptions as they relate to rubber producers, custom mixers, rubber fabricators, molders, extruders and more. Additionally, the chemical connectivity of rubber compounding materials and its relation to chemical feedstocks are also presented. Upon completion of this course, participants are able to directly link new commercial changes of the 175 commonly used chemical feedstocks to hundreds of different rubber compounding ingredients.

This course can be applied to the following certificates:
Elastomer Technology Certificate
Plastics Technology Certificate


John Dick

John Dick

John Dick has more than 39 years of experience in the rubber industry. He was with BF Goodrich and later Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. as a section manager and development scientist in R&D until 1991, when he joined Monsanto’s Rubber ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

    • Evaluate rubber compounding ingredients for best commercial performance
    • Apply the knowledge gained to compare the effects on rubber compounds when emphasizing cost-reduction and performance
    • Analyze your rubber manufacturing supply chain to better predict and eliminate sporadic occurrences and disruptions

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Date: Tue, Oct 1

Time: 8am-4:30pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: John Dick

Fee: $990

CEUs: 0.7, CEUs: 7.0

Enrollment Limit: 40

Program Number: 4830-12342

Registration Deadline: Tue., Oct. 1

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