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Keynote Address: The Development and Growth of Thermosets in the Composites Market

Dr. Terry S. McQuarrie
Mercury Cable & Energy


The global demand for epoxy resins was estimated to be $18.6 billion in 2013. The market value will reach $25.8 billion by 2018 and $33.6 billion by 2022. The annual growth rate is predicted to be 6.8% in future years. The strongest demand is expected to come from the composite and adhesive markets.

This address will discuss the history of thermoset development and improved processing methods in the composites market from unsaturated polyesters and vinyl esters to epoxies. Applications will be highlighted that utilize simple hand layup and spray up methods to compression molding and pultrusion.

The discussion will then focus on 2 strong growth markets, new epoxy resin and reinforcement developments and the accompanying processing demands. The ever evolving goals will also be addressed.


Dr. McQuarrie received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon and his Master’s Degree from San Jose State University in Industrial Technology. Dr. McQuarrie received his Doctorate Degree from Hamilton University.

Dr. McQuarrie has 40 years of experience in the composites industry. At Diamond Shamrock he held the positions of Applications Chemist, Quality Control Supervisor, Research Chemist and Group Leader for Polyesters. During this period, he was granted a patent on high-speed resins for the pultrusion process.

At the Koppers Company, he held the position of Industry Manager for Dion Specialty Resins. During this period, he published numerous articles in various journals including Modern Plastics Encyclopedia.

Dr. McQuarrie has over 25 years’ experience in the pultrusion industry with Lunastran Company, Glasforms, Inc. and Mercury Cable & Energy. At Glasforms Dr. McQuarrie developed a full line of epoxy products for use in the non-ceramic insulator (NCI) market. This included diameters from 5/8” up to 3.500” for use as suspension and post products. Currently as COO of Mercury Cable & Energy, Dr. McQuarrie is responsible for the design, manufacture and quality performance of the High Voltage Composite Reinforced Conductor (HVCRC) core products.

Dr. McQuarrie has held the position of Chairman of the Pultrusion Industry Council and Chairman of the Composites Institute of the Society of the Plastics Industry. He has received the Pultrusion Industry Council Award of Excellence, the Claire E. Bacon Composites Institute Man of the Year Award, the Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Composites Fabricators Association and is a member of the American Composites Manufacturing Association Hall of Fame. In addition, Dr. McQuarrie was the Conference Chair of the 2007 TRFA Annual Meeting.

Unfairly Priced Imports: Protecting Your Business, Employees, and Future

Daniel B. Pickard
Wiley Rein


Injury due to unfairly priced imports are prevalent issues for American manufacturers. Dumping occurs when a foreign producer sells a product in the United States at prices below the product’s fair value. Subsidies are benefits provided directly or indirectly by a government to an enterprise or industry, or group of enterprises or industries. Antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws protect domestic manufacturers from harm caused by such unfairly traded imports.

This presentation will discuss remedies that U.S. companies have against dumping and other unfair trade practices. If the industry can prove that dumping or subsidization has occurred, and that the imports have injured or threaten to injure the domestic industry, the U.S. government will impose offsetting import duties. A variety of factors will be considered in determining injury or threat of injury. Two government agencies enforce these laws: The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) determines whether imports are being dumped or subsidized, and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determines whether the dumping or subsidization is causing material injury to the domestic industry. The presentation will also include an analysis of import trends that affect members of the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association


Daniel B. Pickard is a partner in Wiley Rein’s Washington D.C. office.  He counsels a wide range of U.S. and international clients—including producers and manufacturers—on the laws and regulations related to trade remedies.  Mr. Pickard represents and advises clients in matters governing international trade, with emphasis on import remedies for domestic producers.  He has successfully handled trade remedies matters in numerous industries, such as steel, windtowers, and diamond sawblades.  He represents clients before various authorities, including the International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), and the U.S. Court of International Trade.


California’s New Consumer Products Regulations – What You Need To Know

Maureen Gorsen
Alston & Bird


The California’s Safer Consumer Products regulations went into effect on October 1, 2013. Compliance obligations for chemical and product companies are just beginning and will accelerate in the coming year. The purpose of this presentation is to help you understand the new regulations and what will be expected of your company.

Our presentation will be conducted by an expert on these regulations, Maureen Gorsen, who is based in Sacramento at Alston & Bird LLP. Maureen is the former Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the agency tasked with implementing the new regulations.

This presentation will discuss the major implementation steps and answer some key questions, such as:

• Are the chemicals or products your company makes subject to the regulations?

• Will your company need to change how it manufactures its products to comply with the regulations?

• What is an "alternatives analysis" and will your company need to perform one for its products?

• Are your company's trade secrets at risk due to the regulations?

• What can your company do now to prepare for full implementation of the regulatory program?

This presentation will provide you with in-depth analysis of key areas of this complex regulation as well as what you will need to look out for.


Located in Sacramento, Ms. Gorsen focuses her practice on providing strategic public policy, litigation and regulatory advocacy and counsel to a wide range of product manufacturers, brand owners, industrial facilities and landowners. She represents clients in enforcement defense and regulatory compliance issues before administrative agencies in Sacramento and numerous state capitols, and provides international permit and compliance counsel on environmental, product and supply chain regulation issues. With laws governing corporate social responsibility on the rise, Ms. Gorsen assists clients in developing their corporate policies to meet sustainability, chemical supply chain transparency, anti-slavery and human trafficking, conflict minerals and related statutes.

Ms. Gorsen is the former director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she directed soil and water clean-ups under CERCLA, RCRA, water and brownfields laws, and the regulation of solid and hazardous waste, as well as spearheaded the California Green Chemistry Initiative and the new laws governing toxics in products sold in California. Ms. Gorsen is the former general counsel of the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she oversaw the enforcement policies and activities of
the myriad state, regional and local agencies that enforce California’s environmental laws. She is also the former general counsel for the California Natural Resources Agency.