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(last update 12/22//2013) 

September 22-24, 2013

Hosted by SPE Color & Appearance Division (SPECAD)

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September 22-24, 2013
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Online Registration


General Info

April 2013 postcard (pdf)

Golf Outing flyer (pdf)

July Postcard (pdf)

New Technology Forum Schedule (pdf)

Pocket Program (pdf)

Plastic Engineering Magazine Ad (pdf)

For Attendees-CAD RETEC
(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)

Online Registration

Mail/Fax Registration Form (editable doc,)


Conference Seminar "Coloring of Plastics Overview"-

Online Registration-Preconference Seminar-
For Exhibitors 
Last Minute Exhibitor Information(pdf)

Online Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitor Shipping Instuctions (pdf)

Exhibtor Booth Extra Equipment Order Form (pdf)

Exhibitor Hotel Guest Parcel Delivery Form:
The UPS Store-Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (doc)
Hotel UPS Store Fees and info (pdf)
Package Label (pdf)

Exhibitor FAQ (pdf)
(updated 9/12!)

For Sponsors (coming soon)

Online Sponsorship Donation

Corporate Sponsorship Info (editable .doc)

NOTE: To appear in conference mailing, sponsorships must be receved by June 1,2013
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The 51st Annual Society of Plastics Engineers Color and Appearance Division CAD RETEC® is quickly approaching. Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor District serves as an excellent setting for the theme of this year’s CAD RETEC®, “Color Comes Alive”. CAD RETEC® is the largest technical conference hosted in North America that is specifically dedicated to the color and appearance of plastics.
With attendees from all corners of the world and from all areas of expertise within the plastics industries, a myriad of opportunities are available for professional networking. We’ll kick off CADRETEC® with a classic: Bob Charvat's day-long "Coloring of Plastics" tutorial scheduled for Sunday, September 22 (separate registration required). Say hello to old and new friends at our Sunday evening opening reception. Monday afternoon, tune in to the New Technology Forum, which allows exhibitors to showcase their company and their products or services, followed by a networking reception to be held in the tabletop area. Throughout the conference listen to industry experts explain the latest innovations and developments related to the color and appearance of plastics. And be sure to stick around for a fabulous array of door prizes to be raffled off immediately after the last paper.
CAD RETEC® 2013 will be held from September 22 – 24. I invite you to join us in Baltimore as “Color Comes Alive”.
Tom Rachal
Conference Chair
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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,  Deadline for sponsors logo to appear in final brochure is June 1, 2013.
 Lansco Colors    BASF   
Tronox  Clariant International Ltd.   Shepherd Color Kronos
   Nubiola EMD  DuPont Titanium Technologies  Dominion Color
CINIC Eckart    Sun Chemical 
  Ferro   Cabot  
   M. Holland LTL Color Coumpounders  Lanxess Munzing

Available until Sept 18
After that, register onsite.
Conference Registration* Advance (by 9/6) Onsite/ Online Late (after 9/6)
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)  $100
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 8/23) $1,175 (subject to availability)
Sponsor Donation Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels available (Inquire)
PreConference Seminar "Coloring of Plastics":
Registration Deadline-Sept 1.
Coloring of Plastics w/ Bob Charvat (Sunday) $490 (separate registration required)

Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland

700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 

Phone:        410-385-300
Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752

Discounted Conference. Room Rate:
$169/night-single occupancy
$169/night-double occupancy
Room Block Dates: Sept 21-25.
Rates will increase significantly after Sept. 7, 2013 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.

8/14 update:  The block for Monday and Tuesday are full.  Check back  as they may open up with cancellations.

To Reserve by Phone:  
or 877-212-5752
Request Group Rate:
"Society of Plastics Engineers -
Color & Appeance Division"


  Our block of rooms  at the Marriott Inner Harbor is sold out already on Monday and Tuesday nights.  We have arranged for overflow to be booked in the nearby Courtyard Marriott.  So, if you reserve by phone you maybe referred to the Courtyard.  You can also use the reservation link below if you find the Marriott is not avialable for the dates you are booking.
Courtyard Downtown Baltimore/Inner Harbor
Baltimore, Maryland

1000 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202 

Phone:        410-385-300
Toll Free: 1-877-212-5752
Conference Room Rate:
$199/night-single occupancy
Rate expires 8/23/2013

Onsite parking fees:  $23/night


Hospitality Suite Reservations:
Please contact conference chair Tom Rachal (  for information about  hospitality suite reservations.
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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 2013 room block. 
Thanks for your support and cooperation.
 Discounted Transportation from Airport

BWI-Downtown Baltimore Hotels:
Discounted rates of $14.00 on one way trips and $26.00 on round trips
Surrounding Washington DC area airports to Downtown hotels--Discounted Rates TBD.

SuperShuttle shared ride van service is a safe way of getting to and from your groups destinations and will definitely help your attendees cut some of their travel costs!
We also offer a 10% discount for ExecuCar which is our premium black sedan service.  This service is great for VIPs, Conference Speakers or for guests that desire one on one private transportation.  SuperShuttle/ExecuCar also offers more than just airport transfers, we offer charter services as well as point to point drop offs.   We want to ensure that your attendees receive great transportation rates and even better customer service during their visit so please call on us for any of your ground transportation needs.
Attendees can use this code to get a set of discounts with either SuperShuttle or ExecuCar by calling our reservation agents at 1 800-BLUE-VAN (258-3826) or via the SuperShuttle.



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

Sun, September 22 Mon, September 23 Tues, September 24
9:00am-3pm Golf Outing (Pre-register for this event)
Course- Mountain Branch Golf Club
10:00am- registration at course
11:00am -- Tee Times begin with 9-12 minute interval tee offs, 4 person scramble format

$100 Fee (see below for details)
Prizes will be awarded at the Welcome Reception.
8:30a-5:00p Pre-Conference Seminar:  Coloring of Plastics with Bob Charvat
(Separate Registration required)
1:00p-6:00p Registration Desk Open
Exhibitor Set Up
Welcome Reception at Hotel
Sponsor: EMD and 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.

  Room Keycards-Sponsored by BASF
   Sponsored in Part by
  Internet Service for Conference block hotel guests-Sponsored by
7:30a Breakfast-Grand Ballroom 1-4
Sponsor:  Lansco Colors
7:30a Registration Desk Open
  Morning Session
Moderator:Scott Heitzman, Sun Chemical
8:15a Opening Remarks
Tom Rachal, Tronox
8:30a Keynote "Human Color Vision"
Dr. Jeremy Nathans, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Mediciine
9:30a "A Comparison of Dispersion Test Methods for Titaniium Dioxide-containing PE Masterbatch"
Sandra Davis, DuPont Titanium Technologies
10:00a Coffee Break (Exhibits Open)
Sponsor: Clariant
10:30a "Colorants and Food Contact Compliance-Where Do We Stand in 2013?"
Andreas Wacker, Clariant BU Pigments
11:00a "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Pellet:  Deconstructing Color Concentrate"
Bill Lashway, Cristal USA
11:30a "Regulatory Pressures"
Eric Greenberg, Eric F Greenberg, P.C.
12:00p-1:30p Networking Lunch 
Sponsor: DuPont Titanium Technologies
  Afternoon Session

Cheryl Treat, A. Schulman
1:30p Panel Discussion:
"Future Trends" 
Moderator: Frank Lavieri, Lansco Colors
Panelists: Doreen Becker, A Schulman
Martha Moore, American Chemistry Council
Simon Thayil, Under Armour®

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 "Benefits of Real-Time Color Measurement in the Melt Stream"
Lewis Baylor, Ph.D, Equitech Int'l Corp
4:00p "Discoloration of Plastics and Its Effect on the Color & Appearance of Plastics"
Joseph Fay, Ph.D, BASF
4:30p "Analysis of Organic Colorants in Plastics"
Constantinos Nicolaou, Sun Chemical
5:00p New Technology Forum (pdf)
NTF Moderator: Bob Charvat
NTF Schedule (pdf)
6:00p Networking Reception- 
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
Moderator: Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
8:30a Keynote "The Impact of REACH in North America:  Perspectives fof a Global Supplier"
David Horst,  Product Stewardship,  BASF Performance Chemicals
9:00a "Beauty Color Trends 2013/2014"
Doreen Becker, A. Schulman
9:30a "Bring Polymers into a Brighter Future using High Performance Additives"
Emilie Meddah, Clariant BU Additives
10:00a Coffee Break
Sponsor: Dominion Color
10:30a "The Role of Titanium Dioxide in Masterbatch Optimization"
Don Connolly, DuPont Titanium Technologies
11:00a ""Black Rainbow: Different Material Strategies for Making IR Reflective Material"
Mark Ryan, Shepherd Color
11:30a "The Physical Properties of Synthetic Iron Oxide Pigment and How They Relate to Performance in Thermoplastic"
Todd McHenry, Lanxess
12:00p Awards Luncheon included with registration
Sponsor: Tronox
  Afternoon Session
Mark Freshwater, Lansco Colors
1:30p ""Fifty Shades of . . . Black"
Thomas Chirayil, BASF
2:00p "Cost and Performance Optimization of PVC Profile Formulations"
Neil Macdonald, F-P Pigments
2:30p Coffee Break
Sponsor: SPECAD
3:00p "Commercial Purge Compound Use Improves Color Change Efficiency"
Graziano Pestarino, Moulds Plus International USA
3:30p "Feed Enhancement Technology for Low Bulk Density Material Introduction into Co-Rotating Twin Screw"
Paul Andersen, Coperion
4:00p Closing Remarks-Tom Rachal, Tronox
Survey Raffle
- MC-Tracy Phillips, Uniform Color
Grand Prize: Apple iPad mini
(must be present to win)

 SPECIAL EVENT DETAILS (Preliminary-Subject to change)

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Sun September 22
Golf Outing
Mountain Branch Golf Club
1827 Mountian Road
Joppa, MD  21085
ph.  877.588.1492

Golf Outing(pdf)
Golf Club Video

Contact:  Mark Freshwater, Lansco Colors
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ph: 201.665.0091

Fee - $100/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 Mountain Branch Golf Club,  Transportation is on your own.  Tee times will vary by group.  First tee time is 11am.
Golf Format:  4 Person Scramble, Tee Time Event
Golf prizes will be awarded at the Welcome Reception.

10:00a - Registration at Club
11:00a- First Tee Time with 9-12 minute interval subsequent tee times
Pre-Conference Seminar
Contact:  Bob Charvat (
Fee:  $490 (separate registration required)
Fee includes tutorial materials and coffee breaks.  Lunch is on your own.
8:30am -  Registration
9am-5pm -  Tutorial
Lunch on your own
Subject to cancellation if minimum participants is not met.

Welcome Reception
8pm-11pm (TIME CHANGED)

Grand Ballroom 5

EMD Chemicals and Kronos
Fee:  included with registration
 Please join us between 6pm and 8pm for cocktails and appetizers. Make time to socialize and network sournded by the beauty and color of Art Glass.
 Look for your drink coupons in your registration packet.
Mon, September 23
Panel Discussion

"Future Trends"
Moderator: Frank Lavieri, Lansco Colors 
Panelists: Doreen Becker, A Schulman
Martha Moore, American Chemistry Council
Simon Thayil, Under Armour®

The coloration of plastics has always been a hot bed of innovation and impacted by industry trends.  Today is no different.
Join our panel of industry professionals to discuss future trends impacting the coloration of plastics and leave the discussion with a renewed enthusiasm and insight for the bright future of coloring plastics.  
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: Bob Charvat
Networking Reception
Grand Ballrooms Salons 6-10

Sponsored by:
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 24
 Fun Run/Walk
Benefiting Habitat for Humanity

Contact  Noella MacLean, Dominion Color
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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 Walk Route (PDF)

Fun Run Info and Route (PDF)

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

Walk Route will be shorter than the Run Route.

Sponsored by: Dominion Colour
Awards Luncheon Program
Contact: Roger Reinicker
Fee: included with registration
Sponsored by: 
Be sure to join us for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept 27 as we celebrate participation in SPE CAD. Awards to be given include:
ANTEC 2013 Best Paper Award
CAD RETEC 2012 Best Paper Award
Outgoing CAD Board Member Recognition
CAD RETEC Sponsor Recognition
CAD RETEC 2013 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:  Apple Ipad mini
Other Prizes:
SPE CAD Conference Archive DVD
Limited Edition RETEC Artwork

 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.

as of 9/10/2013

Exhibitor Space-Reserve by August 23,  2013  (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: 2013 CAD RETEC
3V Datacolor
Aemerge* Day-Glo Color Corp. 
Agrofert USA Dominion Colour Company

Aal Chem*

DuPont Titanium Technologies

American Leistritz
Applied Market Information  Eckart
  Arya Chem* EMD
BASF  Ferro
Brabender Technologie Fortune International Technology
Brenntag Specialties FP-Pigments
 Cinic Huntsman - Pigments Div.
Coperion  iD Additives 
  Kenrich Petrochemicals
Lanxess Sachtleben
  Shepherd Color
 Maag Silberline

SPE/ Terra Tech/ SPE Euro SIG

Steer America
Modern Dispersions Sudarshan
Munzing* Sun Chemical
  Omya Trust Chem *
Paramount Colors United Mineral & Chemical (UMC) 
PCC Chemax  
Rockwood Pigments  Welset*
  Yipin Pigments
 2013 RETEC SPONSOR in Bold  *new exhibitor
  See CAD RETEC 2012 Exhibitors 
CAD RETEC 2013 Committee (Click Name to Contact via
Chair  Thomas Rachal, Tronox
Vice-Chair  Steve Esker, Paramount Colors
Technical Program
Brenda Mullins, Clariant
Paul Bykowski, GB Consulting
New Technology Forum

Sandra Davis, Dupont Titanium Technologies

On-Site Registration
Sponsorship Scott Aumann, EMD Chemicals
Exhibitors Brian West, Techmer PM
Printing Sharon Ehr, Uniform Color
Web Site
Betty Puckerin, Ampacet
Tracy Phillips
, Uniform Color
Fun Run/Walk Noella MacLean,  Dominion Color 
Golf   Mark Freshwater, Lansco Colors

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