A Sticky Situation? Whitford Helps Clear Up the Misinformation about Nonstick Coatings Tuesday, March 10 9:30—10:20 a.m. Innovation Theater, Lakeside Center, Room E350 IHA Show, McCormick Place, Chicago Inspiring Innovation: An Interview with Mike Haley and Tom Hmiel, Whitford Corporation Monday, February 2nd, 2015 Learn how to develop and launch the right products for the right customer—with the right methods! Be sure to attend some of the free executive-level educational sessions at the Innovation Theater. These programs will give you a fresh perspective as you walk the Show and will inspire, inform and improve your business. The four days of the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show will be packed with events and educational sessions. To help you plan your valuable time at the Show, we preview the 21 presentations that will take place in the Innovation Theater in the Lakeside Center. Don’t miss the chance to meet the speakers in person and the opportunity to ask questions relevant to your work. All programs are audio-recorded and will be available on www.housewares.org after the Show. Monday we will talk with Whitford’s Tom Hmiel global regulatory manager, and Mike Haley, business manager, Industrial Release Coatings. Whitford Corporation, founded in 1969 in West Chester, PA, makes the largest and most complete line of fluoropolymer coatings in the world. Tom Hmiel, global regulatory manager Whitford offers high-performance fluoropolymer and sol-gel “ceramic” coatings for countless applications, including food contact, high-temperature housewares products such as cookware, bakeware, and small electrics, as well as decorative , industrial, aerospace, automotive, and chemical processing needs. Mike and Tom will explain the difference between PTFE and PFOA and the myths associated with these names. They will offer an overview of the Mike Haley, 2015 PFOA Update business manager, Industrial Release Coatings and PFOA Stewardship Program well as an explanation of what these developments mean and why they are important for companies in the housewares industry. “Ceramics” continue to be a hot topic in the industry, and they will discuss how sol-gel “ceramic” technology differs from traditional PTFE. Mike and Tom will also outline the importance of government regulations and compliancy requirements.
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