Two industry experts from Solvay Specialty Polymers, a global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, will deliver a presentation on advanced polymer technology during the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) 10th annual AutoEPCON conference, held at the Detroit Marriot Troy on May 5, 2015.

Brian Baleno, global automotive business manager, and Jamal El-Hibri, a senior research associate, will present the paper, titled “AvaSpire® PAEK: Introducing a New, Differentiated Ultra Polymer Family,” from 1:15-1:45 p.m. on May 5 as part of the conference’s Materials track.

The presentation will demonstrate the advanced modulus and toughness of polyaryletherketone (PAEK) under harsh thermal, mechanical and environmental conditions, and also benchmark the material’s performance vs. polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyphenylene sulfide (PPS). Baleno and El-Hibri will further discuss candidate applications for PAEK, including the unique solutions Solvay offers automakers who are targeting Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Baleno joined Solvay in 2001 as an automotive account manager and served in business development and product and market management functions for the company before being appointed to his current role early in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Penn., as well as an MBA from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Since 2005, El-Hibri’s responsibilities at Solvay have focused on ultra-polymer materials and product development. He earned his bachelors and doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and began his career there as a post-doctoral researcher in 1987. El-Hibri joined the engineering polymers division of Amoco Corporation in 1988, which became part of Solvay in 2001.