Prem Patel

Strategy and Business Development Manager

With roles in R&D, Process Engineering, Purchasing, and Marketing Management, Prem Patel has dedicated much of his career towards the development and introduction of novel technologies including microcellular foams, flame retardant polymers, moisture-wicking carpets, and more recently, additives that enable a more sustainable plastics industry.  He has had a unique view of the needs and challenges related to the plastics industry from his experiences in the automotive, apparel, flooring, and petrochemical markets.

With a background in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a MBA from Duke University, Prem currently serves as the Global Market Strategy and Business Development Manager for Milliken’s Plastic Additives business where he is managing a global innovation portfolio that is focused on making plastics lighter, stronger, and more sustainable.  He is a member of the PLASTICS Recycling Committee and End of Live Vehicle Committee.  With newborn twin girls and a passion for the environment and food (attended culinary school in Chicago), he is very excited to apply his energy towards improving the use of recycled resins on a global level.

Closing Plenary: Additives for upcycling

Thursday, May 10th
10:45am to 12:15pm

(PLASTICS Recycling Committee)

Despite the ability to recycle plastics to very high purity levels, the physical properties of mechanically recycled plastics often do not hit the same properties of their virgin counterpart.  New additives are being introduced to the recycling industry that helps boost properties of recycled plastics.  This session will explore the latest in additive compounding that has the potential to return recycled plastics back to near-virgin like properties. 

10:45am to 12:15pm

Closing Plenary: Additives for upcycling

Salvatore Monte
Prem Patel
Timothy Dean