Next Scheduled Event

January 8, 2018

Joint Meeting with ACESS

Expanding Capacity in a Challenging Environment

Ed Hall, President and CEO, Baerlocher North America

The Galaxy Restaurant
Hilton Akron/Fairlawn
3180 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44333

4:30 Board Meeting
5:30 Social / Networking
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Presentation following dinner

Expanding capacity in a challenging environment

With the continued growth in plastic resin production and conversion in North America, Baerlocher is continuing to invest in additive technology, production capacity and people to meet the increasing demand, higher quality requirements and lower costs needs of the industry. In 2017, Baerlocher announced an investment to bring a 50% increase in reaction capacity for production of metals soaps for plastic lubricants and stabilizers. Though followed with other investments in other Baerlocher production lines in the US in 2017, the installation and commissioning of the announced reactor has been the most challenging project since the plant was built in 2001.

Ed Hall will highlight some of the challenges faced by the Baerlocher team to install this new line in a plant running 24/7 to meet increasing customer demand with strong capacity constraint in an environment lending itself to the creation of explosive dust. The team will use this experience to tackle an even greater project challenge in the plant and in the administration building in 2018.


Reservations must be in by noon on Friday Jan 5 to Gary Taylor at 330-419- 4380 or Please be sure to include company affiliation and any dietary restrictions of each attendee.

2017 – 2018 Cleveland SPE Programs
(in conjunction with Akron section)

Meeting Topic Speaker Company Location
8-Jan-18 ACCESS Ed Hall Baerlocher
North America
Akron Hilton
12-Feb-18 Plastics in Medical Field Dr. Gao Shengqiang Cleveland Clinic Cleveland
12-Mar-18 TBD
9-Apr-18 Plastics in Education Akron Hilton
14-May-18 Cleveland Section Awards Mentor