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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced the agenda for its new Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo and launched the event website as well. In collaboration with its Recycling Committee, SPI has designed the event to assist brand owners and processors in taking their environmental goals from aspirational to operational. The Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo will take place April 25-27, 2016 at the Rosen Shingle Creek conference center and hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The summit launches with an evening reception on Monday, April 25. Events on the next two days will include sessions within seven concurrent tracks. Conference track topics will include cutting edge recycling technologies, product engineering & design, supply chain management and manufacturing with recycled content, regulatory & compliance issues, industry-specific topics on recycling to recovery and use of recycled content, sustainability challenges and solutions and global manufacturing trends in recycled content. There will also be two plenary sessions with keynote addresses. An off-site plant tour is also in development.

"The Re|focus content will provide brand owners, processors, engineers and designers with resources to help them translate environmental goals into concrete actions. We want to help companies look at product manufacturing in a new way, with an increased focus on recycling and sustainability" said Gene Sanders, SPI's senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. "It'll be about supply chain solutions, and our expo floor will reflect this mission as well."

The programming team is seeking speakers with dynamic presentations who will participate in panel discussions and engage both other speakers and attendees through an active Q&A. Presentations should focus on practical implementation and application of leading best practices in the specific subject areas outlined. Those interested in submitting a speaker proposal can contact Ashley Patton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"SPI consulted with the industry to identify the challenges facing the supply chain and outlined subject matter to address these areas," said Kim Holmes, SPI's senior director of recycling and diversion. "The call for speakers will ensure we are aware of the best speakers outside our core group of thought leaders. We seek the best and brightest to round out many of the panel discussions where our experts are already involved."

As the session content ramps up, so does the expo floor. The expo floor is designed to be a solutions-based space featuring material suppliers, equipment suppliers and recycling and sustainability service providers. Re|focus has received early exhibit commitments from numerous leading companies to include ADG Solutions and Davis-Standard, Bunting Magnetics, Fukutomi Green Products, Kice Industries, Plastics Technologies Inc., Phoenix Technologies, Rapid Granulator, Ravago, United Recycling and WEIMA America.

Attendee registration will open later in the summer and discounts will be available for members of SPI and official partner organizations.

For more information, visit: www.RefocusSummit.org

The Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP) group, a segment of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association tailored to professionals in the plastics industry under the age of 40, voted to elect Michael Stark, divisional manager, material handling and auxiliaries at Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. as the group’s first official chairman. The group also elected Annina Donaldson, vice president of operations at Maxi-Blast, Inc. as its first vice chair.

The vote was held in early May and the results were announced at a FLiP meeting hosted just before the SPI Spring National Board Meeting, which took place in May at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“Michael and Annina are two founding members of SPI’s FLiP group that not only have great careers ahead of them, but also a deep passion and understanding of what makes the plastics industry so fascinating to be a part of, and what makes it such a great place for young people to work,” said SPI President and CEO William Carteaux. “SPI started FLiP to begin grooming the next generation of leaders who will lead the plastics industry into continued growth for the next several decades. In Michael and Annina’s capable hands, FLiP will continue to make an impact on the plastics industry workforce and show more young people all of the creative, exciting and innovative things that a career in the plastics industry makes possible.”

Stark has been in his position as a divisional manager with Wittmann Battenfeld for more than five years. He has accumulated a list of credits for writing articles that have appeared in publications such as Plastics Today, Plastics News and on In the Hopper, the SPI industry blog. He first received an associate’s in applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville, before earning a bachelor’s of science in mechanical engineering technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master’s of business administration with a concentration in leadership from Post University.

Donaldson has been involved in the plastics industry her entire life. Growing up she worked part time in her father’s manufacturing plant doing various tasks but has been in her current role with Maxi-Blast for more than nine years. She spends much of her spare time doing local volunteer work with three different nonprofit groups: Hammers & Heels of Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Strays of Pinellas County and the Island Chapel of Tierra Verde, where she serves as chair of the church’s administrative committee. Donaldson earned a bachelor’s degree with dual concentration of marketing and entrepreneurship from Boston University and a master’s degree in marketing from London Metropolitan University.

For more information, visit: www.plasticsindustry.org/FLiP

The Plastics Industry Trade Association joined the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) Plastics Engineering Department to launch the UMass Lowell Plastics Sustainability Research Lab. SPI has been instrumental in procuring equipment for the comprehensive industry-university collaborative laboratory that will be used for studying plastics recycling and sustainability.

“The willingness of SPI member companies to contribute to the UMass Lowell Plastics Sustainability Research Lab is testament to the industry’s support of education and the future of the plastics manufacturing industry,” said William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO.

“Because of the lab, students who study at UMass Lowell, one of the nation’s top programs for plastics engineering students, will not only receive a world-class education in prime plastics, but will become versed in the technologies and processes related to recycled plastics. UMass Lowell’s effort to add the lab to its curriculum and research capabilities demonstrates that the university is truly ahead of the curve in plastics engineering education and sustainability,” Carteaux said. “I hope this success encourages other member companies to consider similar partnerships with our nations educational system.”

Robert Malloy, chairman of the UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Department, echoed Carteaux’s statement adding that industry partnerships are critical to plastics engineering programs.

“As educators, we rely on industry to provide advice and guidance to help ensure that our program remains relevant and produces the necessary supply of trained plastics engineers. We could not do this effectively without the generous support of the plastics industry,” Malloy said.

So far, SPI members have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in state-of-the-art recycled materials handling and reprocessing equipment and instrumentation. The effort to secure the necessary equipment critical for plastics recycling is ongoing. Member companies interested in participating should contact David Palmer at 202-974-5527.

Jim Holbrook, president of the ACS Group, stated that although he is relatively new to the plastics industry, he is a strong proponent of recycling and sustainability. Holbrook said, “ACS Group is a leader in the auxiliaries market for plastics processing equipment and is very pleased to be able to donate five different pieces of equipment for the Sustainability Research Lab at UMass Lowell, both for the advancement of the state of the art in plastics recycling technology and for the training of the next generation of plastics industry leaders.”

In addition to the ACS Group, which donated $40,000 in equipment under its AEC, Cumberland, Sterling and Carver brands, other companies that donated equipment include Bay Plastics Machinery, Hi-Tech, Davis-Standard, Dynisco, Thermo Scientific.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

After being displayed during NPE in the first-ever Zero Waste Zone, all equipment was shipped to UMass Lowell and will be installed for use after the lab renovations are complete. Those interested in sponsoring recycling research should contact Bob Malloy at UMass Lowell at 978-934-3435.

For more information, visit: www.uml.edu/Engineering/Plastics/default.aspx

In an agreement between the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, IDSA will organize a conference and “IDSA Design Center” pavilion at NPE2015.

NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida. The IDSA conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, as an event in addition to other conferences planned for NPE2015 by SPI and the Society of Plastics Engineers.

The IDSA Design Center pavilion, located on the exhibit floor in the South Hall of the OCCC, will feature booths by design firms, processors, software developers, and other companies providing design services to the plastics industry.

IDSA also produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) competition annually. In addition to the IDSA Design Center, a display of the 2014 IDEA winning entries will be on display at NPE2015. SPI will present an award and scholarship to an outstanding student winner.

The IDSA’s 2015 Southern District Design Conference, will include presentations by designers representing a wide range of disciplines, a portfolio review, and Student Merit Awards presentations for the Southern District. Scheduled for the afternoon of March 26 and the full day of March 27, the event will be open to paid registrants.

Kicking off IDSA’s 2015 Southern District Design Conference, on the morning of March 26, will be two panel discussions open to NPE2015 visitors. Organized by Robert Grace, president of RC Grace LLC and former editorial director and associate publisher of Plastics News, the sessions will focus on: 1) improving communications between designers and manufacturers in the product development process; and 2) the role materials can play in creating a more sustainable planet. Panelists will include specialists in industrial design, engineering, and product development from brand owners, design consultancies, and materials suppliers.

“IDSA’s presence at NPE2015 will sharpen the focus on the role of design in advancing the practical value of plastics, their consumer appeal, and their contribution to sustainability,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. “Design professionals have created many of our industry’s breakthrough products, and NPE2015 will bring them together with all of the other participants in product development—toolmakers, material suppliers, machinery builders, processors, and brand owners.”

“IDSA is delighted to be partnering with SPI on NPE2015, the premier conference for the plastics industry,” said Daniel Martinage, CAE, executive director of IDSA. “Connecting designers with professionals in related fields continues to be a priority for IDSA, and our partnership with SPI is an excellent step towards furthering this initiative.”

For more information, visit: www.npe.org

Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:14

2013 Global Plastics Summit

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A new, broad-based industry event called the Global Plastics Summit will convene decision makers and experts from every phase of the supply chain to address the opportunities and challenges of a coming renaissance in North American plastics.  
Co-produced by SPI and IHS Chemical, a provider of global market and economic information, the first Global Plastics Summit will take place November 4-6, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.
“The abundant feedstock of shale gas is changing the global landscape of plastics manufacturing,” said William R. (Bill) Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI. “Plastics manufacturers must understand the implications of plentiful feedstock, along with other pivotal developments that are on the Global Plastics Summit agenda, in order to capture new opportunities in domestic and international markets.”
The North American plastics industry is on the cusp of a new wave of expansion, according to Nick Vafiadis, senior director of global plastics at IHS Chemical. “Manufacturers here are positioned to become global suppliers at a level we’ve not seen before,” he said. “These are exciting times for the industry, and the Global Plastics Summit will be an unparalleled collaborative experience.”
Concurrent workshops on commodity, engineering, and bio-based resins will take place on the first day of the Global Plastics Summit, followed by two days of presentations and discussions on upstream and downstream expansions in the industry, shifting regional competitive advantages, emergence of new technologies, demand for greener manufacturing, and the price, supply, and demand outlook for the major polymers in key producing regions.


Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois, USA, 60601
For more information, visit: www.GlobalPlasticsSummit.com

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 08:45

SPI Announces “Business of Plastics Conference"

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2013, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, is only six months away. In addition to hundreds of original, peer-reviewed presentations, next year’s ANTEC will be the first to incorporate content provided by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
Under an agreement with SPE, SPI will produce a “Business of Plastics” conference to be held alongside SPE’s technical conference. In addition, SPI will sell co-located exhibit space and contribute to the marketing of the entire ANTEC program. As a result, attendees will discover new educational opportunities and an exciting trade show—plus the innovative technical presentations that form the core of ANTEC.

ANTEC® 2013
April 22-24, 2013
Duke Energy Convention Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
The annual ANTEC® is the world’s largest plastics technical conference, consisting entirely of original, peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of topics relevant to today’s global plastics industry. In 2012, there were 623 technical papers. In 2013, along with the ANTEC 2013, SPE will produce a trade show that is expected to be the largest plastics exhibition of the year in the U.S. Co-located with these events will be the “Business of Plastics Conference,” produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and focusing on current issues affecting business strategy.   

For more information or to register, visit: www.antec.ws

With exactly a year to go before the start of the NPE2012 international plastics exposition, exhibit sales are already equivalent to 98% of the total occupied space at the last NPE in 2009, and they are certain to exceed that total as selling continues, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial event. NPE2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

Thus far 862 exhibiting companies have purchased 761,225 sq.ft. (70,720 sq.m) of space. As a result of the surge in sales, SPI has expanded the show into the North Hall of the OCCC, adding the extensive space in that hall to that of the West and South Halls, which were originally designated for the show. The three halls constitute the entire available exhibit space at the OCCC.

“Many exhibitors are taking bigger booths than they did at our 2009 show in Chicago and plan to operate more equipment on the show floor,” said Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president in charge of trade shows. “They’ve told us that the lower costs of exhibiting in Orlando have enabled them to justify investing in more space, while the simpler logistics and work rules there have encouraged them to bring more machinery.”

Important economies will also be available to NPE2012 attendees, according to John Effmann, chairman of NPE2012 and director of sales and marketing for Entek Extruders. “Travel and accommodation packages that can save 30 to 40% in comparison with Chicago are available to all participants,” Effmann said. “This even applies to visitors from regions of the Midwest centered on Chicago.”

Discounts are also available exclusively to NPE2012 participants for the many leisure and vacation attractions available in the Orlando area before and after the show, according to Visit Orlando.  This tourist and convention bureau has inaugurated a customized NPE2012 website with information on the attractions, as well as dining, special events, discounted park tickets, and much else.

Prospective visitors to NPE2012 can also go to the NPE homepage and click on Update Me Now to be added to a list for receiving important announcements about registration, housing, and travel and vacation package discounts.

The NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The NPE2012 educational program will begin on Sunday. Monday will be the first day of the four-day trade show. NPE is produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

For more information visit: www.npe.org

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