From meeting the demand for secondhand consumer goods to ensuring the safety of lithium-ion-battery-powered devices and vehicles, today's consumer products manufacturers face a range of challenges and changing market conditions requiring the latest technical approaches.
Held in in Älmhult, Sweden, the 2023 International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) International Symposium, hosted by IKEA, will convene leading consumer product safety experts and industry leaders to discuss challenges and opportunities for designing and manufacturing safer, more sustainable goods.
Don't miss Exponent's sessions with our Materials & Corrosion Engineering experts Farah Ahmed, Ph.D., and James Frake, and connect with our multidisciplinary team attending and exhibiting at the event.
Rapid-Fire Session 1 - Repair and Reuse
THURSDAY, OCT. 26 | 11:45 A.M.-12:10 P.M. CEST
Moderator: Farah Ahmed, Ph.D., Principal, Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, Partner, Signature Litigation; Sarah-Jane Dobson, Partner, Kennedys Law Firm; Wei Wei, Product Safety Manager, Fitbit, Google
Several factors are driving market demand for secondhand, repaired, or reused consumer goods, including regulations such as the "Proposal for a Directive on common rules promoting the repair of goods," increasing living costs, and consumer action to reduce environmental impact through sustainable consumption. But when devices are repaired and used for a long time, maintaining product safety and regulatory compliance can be challenging — particularly with higher risk products, battery-powered devices, and toys. This session will explore approaches consumer products manufacturers and stakeholders can take to help ensure that repaired and reused products continue to meet key safety and regulatory standards.
Rapid-Fire Session 6 - Battling Lithium-Ion Battery Fires: Uniting for a Safer Future
FRIDAY, OCT. 27 | 9:40-10:00 A.M. CEST
Moderator: Merton Howard, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Panelists: James Frake, Managing Scientist, Materials & Corrosion Engineering; Martyn Allen, Technical Director, Electrical Safety First
As lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery fires originating from micromobility and consumer products continue to impact communities, ICPHSO seeks to create a collaborative and comprehensive effort to help solve the urgent need to develop global product safety standards in these devices. This panel will discuss and evaluate areas of opportunity for consensus in developing safer Li-ion batteries and systems standards to meet the rising demand of Li-ion-powered products and use.
For more information, learn about Exponent's Materials & Corrosion Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry, and Thermal Sciences expertise or connect with our team to set up a meeting.