The mission of TLARGI is to promote the professional growth of those associated with the local rubber and affiliated industries, and to meet the needs of companies and academic centers that support its members, through educational, technical, and networking activities.

This passion for education and technical training is exemplified most in our Basic Technology Course, Technical Conference, and TIP Sessions, which are hosted each year. For specific details like dates and how to register for these education opportunities, please check out our Events Page and be on the lookout for our e-newsletters.

Basic Rubber Technology Course

In mid-September the TLARGI Basic Rubber Technology Course is beginning a new two-semester year that typically runs through March next year with breaks for holidays and special events. Please contact the instructors to pre-register yourself or others for the course.

Rick Ziebell – Email:
Matt Rogers – Email:

If you or your colleagues have never attended, we highly recommend enrolling. It is even common for some to retake the course to keep their skills sharp or to review just certain subjects of interest. Whether your background is operations, sales, technical, finance or management, it provides invaluable training to further your success in the rubber industry.

The course provides a comprehensive introduction of the following topics:

  • Designing with rubber
  • Formulating with rubber
  • Compounding with rubber
  • Fabricating with rubber
  • Testing with rubber

Other highlighted topics include: Rubber industry overview and history, silicone rubber, rubber-to-substrate bonding, recycling, latex, foam/sponge, mold building, rubber test methods, and more.

Registration Fees:
TLARGI Member: $380
*TLARGI Non-Member: $460

*Registration of non-members will also provide a 1-year membership to The Los Angeles Rubber Group, Inc.

Technical Conference

The first Tuesday of October, TLARGI hosts its 1-day Technical Conference from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The purpose of this conference is to highlight the latest technologies, processes improvements, materials, equipment, and general advancements within the rubber industry. Technical representatives come from near and far to share their insights.

Immediately following the Technical Conference is our annual Oktoberfest and Mini Expo which provides a great opportunity to meet with out-of-town vendors and get caught up with friends and business contacts.

TIP Sessions

Throughout the year—typically in February, April, and June—we offer 30-minute TIP Sessions. Similar to TLARGI’s Technical Conference presentations, these TIP Sessions highlight the latest technologies, processes improvements, materials, equipment, and general advancements within the rubber industry. Follow the newsletters and the Events Page for updates for sessions to be added throughout the year.