Upcoming Events

AsiaTAC
25-26 September 2014
Shanghai, China

AmeriTAC 115
20-23 October 2014
Columbus, OH

EuroTAC 2014
17 - 18 November 2014
Copenhagen, Denmark

AmeriTAC 116
23 - 26 February 2015
Sandestin, FL

Managing Aging Plants - (MTI supported)
3-4 March 2015
Dusseldorf, Germany

AmeriTAC 117
22-25 June 2015
Calgary Alberta Canada

Refiners Roundtable Slated for October

Corrosion and other material challenges aren’t particular about what kind of processing plant they vex. On Monday October 20, MTI will bring together some of the best minds in the industry to discuss materials issues during a Refiners Roundtable. The one-day session will be held in conjunction with MTI’s Fall Project Team Meetings and AmeriTAC 115, October 21-22 in Columbus, Ohio. All MTI member companies, whether or not they operate refineries, are invited to participate. In addition, other major refiners will be invited to attend as guests.

This special event will start with a tour of the nearby Edison Welding Institute (9AM). Following the tour of EWI’s research facilities, MTI will host a lunch presentation and begin the

Refiners Roundtable session. Technical presentations will include:

  • MTI Projects of Special Interest to Refining
  • Inherently Safer Design
  • Stress Corrosion Cracking Concerns in Refining
  • Fire Damage Assessment
  • Other Special Presentations and Topics of Interest to Refiners

The Roundtable will conclude with a reception on Monday evening. This event is free of charge, but space is limited to MTI member companies and guests from refineries. Non-member company refinery representatives can contact Kirk Richardson (krichardson@mti-global.org), Emory Ford (eford@mti-global.org), or the MTI Office at 314-576-7712 for more information and a special invitation.

MTI Hires CPI Veteran Liu to Support AsiaTAC

MTI is pleased to announce the hiring of staff member Paul Liu to support AsiaTAC activities. Liu’s 36 years of Chemical Processing Industry experience and extensive management experience make him ideally suited to his new role. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame and an Executive Master of International Business Degree from St. Louis University.

“Paul Liu worked for Monsanto and Solutia most of his professional career,” points out Jesse Chen, MTI Associate Director. “Since the early 1990s, he was their chief representative and business leader (VP, Asia Pacific for Solutia). Paul is bi-cultural/bi-lingual and has established excellent relationships with the CPI in the entire Asia Pacific region. He has the experience to be extremely effective as MTI’s representative for the future in an important growth area for us.”

AsiaTAC continues to build momentum, offering members several technical training sessions and interactive meetings per year. “The MTI organization in Asia has become a very vital element of MTI under Jesse Chen’s support,” notes John Aller, MTI Executive Director. “It is providing great service to the MTI members with operations in China, but the opportunity in Asia is much greater than that. Jesse has started opening doors to additional members in Taiwan and Japan, with the potential to start separate MTI groups in both of those countries.”

Now it will be Liu driving that growth initiative from his home-base in Taiwan, as he learns the organization’s nuances from Chen. “We hired Paul to continue and expand the work that Jesse has so capably started in Asia,” explains Aller. “By living in Asia, he will find it much easier to spend more time with our Asian members and potential members. His successful business experience in Asia makes it very likely that he can achieve the MTI objectives for the Asia region.”

Liu is pleased to be part of an association that he has respected for several years and ready to start the next phase of his professional life. “I think MTI is a first-class technical organization, with the world's top materials experts under one roof, enthusiastically sharing and learning from each other to make the chemical industry a safer and more environmentally-friendly industry,” he observes. “Working with MTI, I can reconnect with the chemical industry, where I spent my entire career, and continue to make contributions to the field.”  MTI welcomes the opportunity and the addition of Liu to its respected technical community.