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Keynote speakers at this years eChem Expo on April 28 will address the gathering’s theme of “Improving Innovation, Safety and Reliability to Accelerate Manufacturing Growth” and provide capital purchasing outlooks for their organizations. The Keynote starts at 8:30 am in the Meadowview Ballroom. Keynote speakers are:

-Parker Smith, Eastman Chemical Co. vice president and general manager, worldwide manufacturing support and quality

-Thomas Kastenberger, head of engineering, Wacker Polysilicon

-Ronald Dailey, director of engineering for Nuclear Fuel Services.

The keynoters are delivering their remarks against the backdrop of eChemExpo’s challenge to exhibitors to demonstrate breakthrough or significant developments in one or more of five areas. The areas include safety and environment, a new focus for the conference and exhibit hall this year. Other areas, which the Expo has addressed in years past, are capability enhancement, capital effectiveness, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

Those topics resulted from eChemExpo’s market research on the needs of attendees, as uncovered in some 50 interviews with Eastman executives, managers and technical staff along with some 20 interviews with Wacker Polysilicon and Nuclear Fuel Services executives, and staff.

The keynote event also includes brief presentations by this year’s eChemExpo Gold Sponsors. They are Aetos/Mistras Group, Aveva, Bentley Systems, Eaton, GE-Bently Nevada, Siemens, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric Process Automation and Teikoku USA.

A summary of Silver Sponsors’ exhibits and the subjects of their seminars will round out the keynote presentation. They include aeSolutions, AMACS Process Tower Internals, Applied Industrial Technologies, BIAR Sampling Systems, Day & Zimmerman, Emerson Process Management, Lauren E&C, MYNAH Technologies, Ultra-Safe and Voovio.

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