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.
Typically this is a (in-classroom) 20-week course (comprised of two 10-week semesters); however, due to COVID, we will be moving to a safe schedule using a webinar format. This year we will have a single 15-week semester schedule with classes starting Thursday August 27th, 2020 and will be held weekly each Thursday until December 17th, 2020.
If you or your employees have never attended, we highly recommend enrolling. 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:
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.
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.
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.