Proper Group making high-end coolers for Otter Products
June 20, 2017
Otter Products, the Colorado-based maker of OtterBox smartphone cases, is taking on the high-end cooler market with a new line of injection molded coolers.
Annealing Plastic For Stronger Prints
June 19, 2017
Much fuss has been made over the strength of 3D printed parts. These parts are obviously stronger in one direction than another, and post processing can increase that strength. What we’re lacking is real data. Luckily, [Justin Lam] has just the thing for us: he’s tested annealed printed plastics, and the results are encouraging.
Meet the Modern Dr. Dolittle, Who Creates Prosthetics for Animals
June 15, 2017
Back in 2005, Derrick Campana was making prosthetics for humans when a unique customer came in: A vet asked the team to make a device for her dog. Campana’s boss was supposed to take on the furry client, but he happened to quit that day. Campana had never made an animal prosthetic before but was up for the challenge.
Daher Announces New Thermoplastic Composite Wing Rib
June 14, 2017
The rib will be used in the test wing box built as part of the Composite Aircraft of the Future platform.
Making Flexible Electronics with Nanowire Networks
June 8, 2017
(Nanowerk News) A smartphone touchscreen is an impressive piece of technology. It displays information and responds to a user’s touch. But as many people know, it’s easy to break key elements of the transparent, electrically conductive layers that make up even the sturdiest rigid touchscreen. If flexible smartphones, e-paper and a new generation of smart watches are to succeed, they can’t use existing touchscreen technology.
Developing Greener Composites from Cellulose Nanocrystals and Biopolyurethane
June 7, 2017
Environmentally friendly nanocomposite materials from bio-based polyurethane and cellulose nanocrystals show significantly improved mechanical properties with only 1 nanocrystal filler.
Willem De Vos says goodbye, praises SPE staff
June 5, 2017
Anaheim, Calif. — Willem De Vos praised the staff at the Society of Plastics Engineers in his last speech before stepping down as SPE's CEO.
Can Psychology Influence the way we Recycle?
June 1, 2017
(CNN)Have you ever had your name spelled wrong on a disposable cup in a coffee shop? If you have -- and you probably have -- chances are you did not recycle that cup. That's what a team of psychologists realized when they ran a study using cups with names spelled intentionally wrong, disguised as a juice tasting.
Experts tout benefits of Industry 4.0 at ANTEC®
June 1, 2017
Anaheim, Calif. — IBM's expert on the Internet of Things says cognitive computing, using sensors and controllers, can give factory technicians accurate predictions of coming problems by giving them probabilities of what could go wrong.
The Man who won Olympic gold, Saved Lives and Brought Plastics to the Pool
May 31, 2017
It's summer, or at least the start of the summer season, in the U.S., which means many of you will be at a pool sometime in the next couple of months. While you're there, take a look around at how many pieces of equipment, gear and swimming aids are made mostly of plastic. Then consider this: many of those same, reliable, seen-at-every-pool bits and bobs — and especially lifesaving equipment — are the brainchild of one man.
Lina: The World’s First Biocomposite Car made from Flax
May 23, 2017
When you think about cars, the first word to come to mind is probably not sustainability. While more and more cars are becoming electric, they are still made from metal and plastic. Now, students from the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) have created the world’s first biocomposite car, called Lina, made from flax.
Dishwasher Pods: How Do They Work?
May 17, 2017
If you haven’t noticed from our previous posts about dry erase markers and hair dye, we are constantly curious about the world around us. Whether our team is wondering about antioxidants or helping our interns create transparent wood, there’s simply nothing better than learning from the things we see each and everyday. From a young age all the way to adulthood, it’s exciting to learn something new about things we sometimes take for granted.
This Guy Fixed His Teeth By 3D Printing His Own Plastic Braces
May 15, 2017
An undergraduate at New Jersey Institute of Technology made his own plastic braces using a 3D printer, $60 of materials, and a healthy dose of ingenuity — and they actually worked.
2017 Plastics for Life™ Winners
May 12, 2017
Bethel, CT U.S.A., May 12, 2017: During this week’s ANTEC® 2017 plastics technical conference in Anaheim, CA, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of value by making our lives better in some way.
SPE Announces a Successful ANTEC® 2017 and new Governance Structure
May 11, 2017
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., May 10, 2017: SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) announced today that their flagship annual technical event ANTEC ®, which took place May 8-10, 2017 in Anaheim, CA, had total attendance just shy of 1,500 people.
SPE Announces Pat Farrey as its New Chief Executive Officer
May 4, 2017
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., May 4, 2017: SPE(Society of Plastics Engineers) has appointed Pat Farrey as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Wim De Vos, who will be stepping down in June.
3D Printing Breakthrough Could Expedite Construction Projects
May 2, 2017
Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a novel method that could revolutionize architecture.
Materials leaders say SPE has helped them make connections
April 28, 2017
Over three-quarters of a century, the Society of Plastics Engineers has proven its value many times to firms that make plastic materials.
Solving the Recycling Riddle
April 26, 2017
Mark Richardson was working in academia when he originally joined the Society of Plastics Engineers, on a mission to develop a stronger workforce pipeline for the plastics industry.
Thank you to Plastics News for the Special Edition for our 75th Anniversary!
April 26, 2017
SPE looks to the future, Check out our Special Edition in Plastics News to celebrate our 75th Anniversary!
This Eye-Catching Composite Pavilion in Stuttgart was inspired by Moths
April 20, 2017
Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart have used robots and drones to weave a unique, 39-foot composite pavilion inspired by moth webs. The research pavilion, based at the university’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), is a singular cantilever structure that was created by laying a combined total of 114 miles of GFRP and CFRP composites.
Plastics Compensation Down, Employee Optimism Up
April 19, 2017
APRIL 5, 2017—Despite the continuation of a three-year decline for average plastics compensation, plastics professionals are optimistic about the future, according to the 2017 Plastics Salary and Trends Survey.
'Twist and shine': Development of a new photoluminescent sensor material
April 18, 2017
OIST researchers have just published in Advanced Materials an article ("Dynamic Phosphorescent Probe for Facile and Reversible Stress Sensing") reporting a new kind of sensor molecules that brightens up when the material they are incorporated into comes under heavy mechanical stress.
3 Cornerstones of Laser Systems for Plastic Extrusion Lines
April 13, 2017
Speed, accuracy, and reliability are the cornerstones for laser applications within plastic extrusion lines.
SPE to Honor the Achievements of 4 Fellows of The Society at ANTEC® 2017
April 12, 2017
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., April 12, 2017: SPE will honor the newest Fellows of the Society—members who have made outstanding contributions in plastics science, engineering, or management on Sunday May 7 at SPE’s Awards and 75th Anniversary Gala during ANTEC® 2017.
3D Printed Parts to Improve McLaren F1 Performance
April 10, 2017
McLaren Racing is hoping to accelerate design modifications and reduce the weight of its 2017 Formula 1 MCL32 race car by expanding its use of Stratasys 3D printed components.
SPE to Recognize 'Honored Service Members' at ANTEC® 2017
April 6, 2017
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 21, 2017: At next month’s SPE ANTEC® 2017, SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will introduce three new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.
Ink-Jet Printable and Biocompatible Layered Electronics
March 29, 2017
(Nanowerk News) Printed electronics can lead to both low-cost and flexible devices.
2017 TopCon and IMDA Symposium Set For Chicago Area
March 23, 2017
March 23, 2017 – The SPE Decorating & Assembly Division has announced that it will once again partner with the In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA) to host a joint conference in 2017. The combined event will take place June 18-20 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, Illinois.
Rescued Dog Helps Spread the Word about Plastics
March 23, 2017
Sure, it’s another dog video. One of thousands on YouTube and Facebook. But this one explains how plastics helped an injured puppy run again. And how plastic prostheses and braces can help more and more injured animals live fuller lives.
SPE Announces Speakers at Industry 4.0 Event to Be Held in Conjunction with ANTEC® 2017
March 22, 2017
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 22, 2017: SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) today announced some of the Industry 4.0 event's speakers.
The Costs and Benefits of Pad Printing on Apparel
March 20, 2017
Say goodbye to your typical tear-away tags, label-free printing is here to stay! You may have seen popular t-shirt companies switch from a white sewn-in label to a print directly on your shirt. While many have sighed with instant relief, others have questioned the whereabouts of this tag that they intended to rip off anyway. The answer: companies have gone tagless.
Multiblock Polymer Could Change the World of Recycling
March 16, 2017
Did you know 78 million tons of plastic are used in a single year for packaging?
15 Engineers Who Are Transforming the Auto Industry
March 15, 2017
These 15 engineers are working on the auto industry’s most influential projects, from autonomy and electrification to safety and manufacturing.
SPE® Announces Call for Presentations for 47th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala
March 13, 2017
The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) is announcing a “Call for Nominations” for its 47th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and due dates for the event’s annual Parts Competition and Hall of Fame Award.
Moss Biopolymer Reveals How Plants First Colonized Land
March 10, 2017
A new study of mosses brings scientists one step closer to solving a mystery in plant biology: how plants made the transition from water to land 450 million years ago.
For The Automakers, Large-Scale 3D Printing Is The Next Powerful Toolbox
March 9, 2017
"...3D printing will allow much faster time to market with minor variations added to higher volume cars."
How North Tonawanda's Confer Plastics turns beads into kayaks
March 6, 2017
The colorful kayaks on the plant floor at Confer Plastics start out in humble form: plastic pellets, made of natural gas and sourced from the Gulf of Mexico region.
Robert Porsche named Thermoformer of the Year by SPE Thermoforming Division
March 3, 2017
Robert Porsche, President and owner of General Plastics Inc. (Milwaukee, WI), was named Thermoformer of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division. The award will be presented during the Thermoforming Awards Dinner held in conjunction with the 27th SPE Thermoforming Conference on Sept. 11 to 13, 2017, in Orlando, FL.
New Additive Allows Two Most Common Plastics to be Recycled Together
March 2, 2017
A linker molecule brings together two otherwise unrelated plastics.
SPE Changes with the Times — Tell us How You Picture The Future
March 1, 2017
Twenty-five years ago, one of the young reporters at Plastics News took an in-depth look at the history and then-current state of the Society of Plastics Engineers for a special report on the association’s 50-year anniversary.
Penn College Embraces the PlastiVan
February 23, 2017
The Society of Plastics Engineers’ PlastiVan program recently visited Penn College to educate area students about the wonders of plastics and the rich career opportunities in the field.
SPE to Honor Achievements of Industry Leaders at ANTEC® 2017
February 22, 2017
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., Feb. 22, 2017: SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to three distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2017.
Nike HyperAdapt Teardown: The Future is Now
February 21, 2017
Growing up, we all dreamed of sporting a pair of Marty McFly’s AirMags. The idea of slipping on a fresh pair of self-lacing sneakers seemed, at the time, wildly far-fetched. Now, what appeared to be a distant dream, has become an exciting reality—thanks to the team at Nike.
PLASTICS Announces Second Annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit
February 17, 2017
WASHINGTON, February 17, 2017 – The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that registration is now open for its second annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit with the Sustainability division of SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers), principal programming partner, in Orlando, Fla., June 27-29.
Beaumont Builds Technology Base with Autodesk Moldflow Deal
February 16, 2017
When an injection molding engineer needs data not provided by materials suppliers, Beaumont Technologies Inc. says it can better fill that gap as a result of a deal it made with Autodesk Inc.
Conductive Polymer/Silver- Coated Textile Composites with Antibacterial Properties
February 16, 2017
A composite made up of a conductive polymer, poly(!italic!o!/italic!-anisidine), and metallic silver particles imparts antibacterial activity and electrical conductivity when deposited on a nonwoven textile fabric.
Graphene Foam gets Big and Tough
February 15, 2017
(Nanowerk News) A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists.
SPE Announces New Forums to Be Held in Conjunction with ANTEC® 2017
February 14, 2017
SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) announced today that two new forums, Plasticity California and Industry 4.0 will be held in conjunction with ANTEC® 2017.
Composites Extensively used in Air Force Communication Tower
February 9, 2017
The tower was fabricated by Composite Support & Solutions using Ashland Derakane vinyl ester resin designed for pultrusion.
Composites-intensive Hyperloop pod takes first place in SpaceX Competition
February 7, 2017
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk challenged teams from all over the world to build pods for Hyperloop, a futuristic transport concept that could move people and goods through tubes at extremely high speeds.
Dale Brosius, Chief Commercialization Officer (IACMI), to Discuss Industry Challenges and Opportunities
February 7, 2017
Discuss Industry Challenges and Opportunities at the Thermoset Topical Conference, March 21 - 22, 2017 - PHOENIX, AZ.
It’s Goolsby Scholarship Time Again!
February 6, 2017
Applications for the Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund are now available online from Foundation For The Carolinas. Deadline March 3, 2017
Cosmo Films Introduces New Ultra High Barrier Films
February 2, 2017
Cosmo Films, a leading manufacturer of speciality BOPP films, has introduced several additions to its range of barrier films and now has a significant portfolio of transparent as well as metalised varieties. These solvent-free coated films, used for a wide range of FMCG packaging applications not only help extend the shelf life of the contents inside, but also help pack structure rationalisation.
Polypropylene Foam Plastics Market 2017
February 1, 2017
Production, Sales, Supply, Demand, Analysis & Forecast to 2022. The Report provides a basic overview of the Polypropylene Foam Plastics Market including definitions, classifications, applications and chain structure.
Toronto Company using New Technology to Press Vinyl Records
January 30, 2017
Toronto — A Toronto media company is riding the wave of renewed interest in vinyl records by employing a new generation of vinyl record pressing technology.
Accurate Characterization of Moisture Absorption in Polymeric Materials
January 26, 2017
The importance of using the exact solution of the hindered diffusion model is demonstrated on experimental data from a nanoclay/epoxy composite.
Imprinting Nano Patterns on the Inside and Outside of Polymer Fibers
January 25, 2017
(Nanowerk News) Researchers at EPFL’s Laboratory of Photonic Materials and Fibre Devices, which is run by Fabien Sorin, have come up with a simple and innovative technique for drawing or imprinting complex, nanometric patterns on hollow polymer fibers. Their work has been published in Advanced Functional Materials ("Controlled Sub-Micrometer Hierarchical Textures Engineered in Polymeric Fibers and Microchannels via Thermal Drawing").
3D Printing Post-Processing Tricks – Make Your Prints Shine!
January 24, 2017
While designers often use desktop 3D printers to iterate and test their designs, sometimes the function of a 3D print is less about testing form, fit, or function and more about looking really great for presentation purposes.
Fluoropolymer Film Market Revenue and Value Chain 2016-2026
January 23, 2017
Future Market Insights has announced the addition of the “Fluoropolymer Film Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016-2026" report to their offering.
New 3D Graphene Structure Is Strongest and Lightest Material in the World
January 18, 2017
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new graphene material that is one of the strongest in the world while also being lightweight in form.
Ultralight, high-performance graphene composite watch unveiled
January 16, 2017
An ultralight high-performance mechanical watch made with graphene is unveiled today in Geneva at the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie thanks to a unique collaboration. Read more: Ultralight, high-performance graphene composite watch unveiled
World’s first composite elevator showcased in Singapore
January 16, 2017
SLC, a joint venture between Far East Organization, Woh Hup (Private) Limited and Pronus (HK) Ltd, aims to build a new industry in composite elevator engineering, design and manufacturing.
SPE Detroit Section & American Plastic Toys Team Up to Play Santa for Countless Kids
December 22, 2016
More than 18 years ago, then-SPE Detroit Section President Don Root saw a need in his local community and went to work.
Ford Takes Home Top SPE Auto Award for Lincoln Seating
November 10, 2016
SPE® Automotive Division Names Winners of 46th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards
SPI & SPE Announce New Membership Program
November 9, 2016
SPI & SPE Announce New Membership Program for Plastics Industry Brand Owners. Partnered Offering Will Provide Unique Access to Both Associations
SPE Thermoforming Division Issues Call for Nominations for 'Thermoformer of the Year'
October 31, 2016
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., October 27, 2016: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for nominations for the annual Thermoformer of the Year Award.
SPE Celebrates 75th Anniversary and Announces New Services
October 23, 2016
SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will highlight this significant milestone and their latest developments at upcoming events, starting with the K Show(Hall 11, Stand E21)
SPE Foundation Scholarship Award Recipients Announced
October 17, 2016
SPE has announced the winners of the 2016 scholarship program administered by SPE Foundation, including 42 scholarships totaling over $110,000.
SPI & SPE Partner to Host Track at SPI's Re|Focus
October 13, 2016
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) & SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Partner to Host Track at SPI’s Second-Annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit
SPE Announces Winners of Annual Thermoforming Conference Parts Competition
October 10, 2016
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., October 10, 2016: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the winners of the SPE Thermoforming Division annual parts competition.
SPE Honors Noel Tessier for Lifetime Achievement
September 28, 2016
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., September 28, 2016: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has presented Noel Tessier of CMT Materials, Inc. with its lifetime achievement award.
SPE Launches New Design Conference & Unveils Technical Program
September 19, 2016
SPE Launches New Design Conference & Unveils Technical Program for Injection Molding, Thermoforming & Composites
Plastics Industry Leaders Took Part In "Go Green Racing" Charity Event in Quebec
August 25, 2016
SPE Council Members Built Recycled & Solar Cars for Distribution to Area Children
Jeremy Dworshak to SPE’s Executive Council
August 17, 2016
Steinwall Announces Jeremy Dworshak to SPE’s Executive Council
Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference to Entertain and Enlighten
August 10, 2016
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., August 10 2016: The keynote speakers for the 25th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will address opportunity in the new world economy, it was announced today by SPE’s Thermoforming Division.
SPE Appoints Eve Vitale as Foundation Director
July 28, 2016
“Eve brings to SPE extensive experience in curriculum development, educational program management, non-profit strategy and fund raising,” said Russell C. Broome, SPE managing director.
AIMCAL and SPE Continue Partnership for Web Coating & Handling Conference USA/FlexPackCon
July 8, 2016
Building on the success of 2014 and 2015, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Bethel, CT, will partner once again to present the Web Coating & Handling Conference USA/FlexPackCon 2016.
Obituary: Plastics Engineering editor Michael Tolinski
June 28, 2016
Michael J. Tolinski age 48 lived in Northampton, MA left this world and moved onto the next space and time. Mike died of a heart attack while running in Florence Massachusetts on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. His death was sudden and unexpected.
2016 Survey Shows Plastics Salary Trends
June 24, 2016
Over at SPE, Managing Director Russell Broome believes he has some insight that makes the numbers make more sense. “We are starting to enter a high-retirement zone, and those individuals who would have taken the survey in previous years had much higher salaries than the young professionals coming in to replace them,” Broome said. “You would assume that our survey respondents would have mimicked the industry.”
Winners 25th SPE Benelux Student Award 2015 announced
June 23, 2016
Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, June 21, 2016 - The SPE Benelux Student Awards committee is proud to announce that it has selected two winners in the 25th SPE Benelux Student Award 2015, one in the Master of Science category and one in the Bachelor of Science category. In addition, two recipients, one in each category, were recognized with an Honorable Mention.
SPE Thermoforming Division Announces Call for Entries in Annual Parts Competition
June 21, 2016
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., June 21, 2016: SPE Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing the latest advances in Thermoforming design and application. The submission deadline is September 9, 2016.
SPE Thermoforming Division Approves Three Emeritus Directors
June 13, 2016
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., June 13, 2016: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named three new Emeritus Directors of the Board.
SPE ANTEC® 2016 drew Next Generation of Plastics Professionals
June 10, 2016
According to SPE officials, young professionals and students exhibited noteworthy participation in events at SPE's ANTEC® 2016.
New SPE event to promote better product development
June 1, 2016
SPE is launching a new conference – Design in Plastics 2016 – at RISD Museum on June 20-22. The event will explore best practices in interdisciplinary collaboration between design, engineering, R&D, marketing and manufacturing. Some 30 presenters also will debate the impact of 3D printing, advanced composites, sustainability and the Internet of Things.
SPE Announces Winners of Plastics For Life™ Global Parts Competition at ANTEC® 2016
May 31, 2016
During this week’s ANTEC® 2016 plastics technical conference, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) honored plastic products that meet the ultimate test of value by in some way making our lives better.
SPI Helps Play Up Plastics at Family-Friendly STEM Festival
May 6, 2016
More than 350,000 students joined their families and teachers last weekend at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. SPI teamed with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) to co-sponsor a booth.
SPE® Announces Dates, Deadlines for 46th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala
April 25, 2016
TROY, (DETROIT) MICH. - The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the dates, location, and theme for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and deadlines for the event's annual parts competition.
SPE® Issues Call for Nominations for Parts Competition at 2016 Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition
April 23, 2016
TROY (DETROIT), MICH. – The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today issued a call for nominations for its fifth-annual parts competition at the group's 2016 conference, September 7-9 in Novi, Mich.
SPE to Recognize 'Honored Service Members' at ANTEC® 2016
April 14, 2016
At next month’s SPE ANTEC® 2016, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will introduce six new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.
SPE to Honor The Achievements of 12 Fellows of The Society at ANTEC® 2016
March 31, 2016
During the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC® 2016, SPE will honor the newest Fellows of the Society—members who have made outstanding contributions in plastics science, engineering, or management.
Ian Strachan named Thermoformer of the Year
March 23, 2016
Ian Strachan, a 45-year thermoforming veteran, is the new Thermoformer of the Year, the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoforming Division announced March 21.
A First-Rate Event: Arburg Celebrates its Innovations
March 18, 2016
Lossburg. On 15 March 2016, Arburg welcomed customers from around the world at the international opening of its new assembly hall. A major surprise was prepared for the roughly 550 guests at this event in the form of the spectacular world premiere of the new electric Golden Electric machine series.
ANTEC® Sessions to Focus on 3-D printing and Auto Composites
March 18, 2016
Speakers at the plenary sessions of the Society of Plastics Engineers ANTEC® 2016 conference will focus on the future of the plastics industry, with an emphasis on additive manufacturing, 3-D printing, and automotive light-weighting through the use of carbon fiber composites.
Plastivan Revs Up Massachusetts Students About Plastics
March 2, 2016
Students from Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, Mass., learned about plastics and thermoforming thanks to a Feb. 29 visit from the SPE Plastivan.
Covestro: Polycarbonates for LED lighting
February 19, 2016
Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, is appearing under its new name for the first time at light+building, the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building technology.
Innovative Three-way Stopcock For Greater Patient Safety
February 10, 2016
Infections that can result from intravenous infusions are a growing problem for hospitals. To enhance patient safety for this and other measures for the supply of fluids to patients, Elcam Medical, a world-leading medical equipment supplier, has developed a special three-way stopcock.
SPE & SpecialChem Partner to Bring Materials Database
February 3, 2016
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and SpecialChem today announced a partnership that will offer SPE members full access to SpecialChem’s Universal Selector database of plastics and additives.
UL and SPE to Bring Additive Manufacturing Training to SPE Membership
January 27, 2016
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., January 27, 2016: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and UL, the global safety science company, will offer UL’s additive manufacturing (AM) training program to SPE members, it was announced today by SPE, the world’s largest plastics professional society.
Ubly Students Explore Plastics Career Paths
December 10, 2015
After high school graduation, students are left with three choices: attend college, enter the military or start working. But, there are also those students who aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives.That’s where the Gemini Group steps in.
Finalists named for 2015 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards
November 6, 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division has selected finalists for its 2015 Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Category winners and the grand winner will be announced during the Innovation Awards & Gala Nov. 11 in Livonia, Mich.
SPE Nurtures Next Generation of Plastics Professionals
November 3, 2015
Attracting the next generation of plastics industry employees and trade association members is high on the to-do list of industry trade groups. SPE announced a strategy to draw more young people into the industry and into SPE itself.
SPE Thermoforming Division Announces Call For Nominations For 'Thermoformer Of The Year'
November 3, 2015
The SPE Thermoforming Division has announced a call for nominations for the annual Thermoformer of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the thermoforming industry in a technical, educational or managerial capacity.
SPE Hires New IT Operations Manager
October 26, 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has appointed Allan Lee to the position of operations manager for information technology.
SPE Announces Hall of Fame Winner of 2015 Auto. Innovation Awards Competition
October 19, 2015
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Ted Adamczyk, design release engineer at General Motors will accept the award on behalf of the original team that worked on the program at the 45th-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
Local Students Participate in the PlastiVan™ Program
October 15, 2015
Plastics Industry Leaders Took Part in Bike-A-Thon™ Charity Event In Pittsburgh With Funding From The SPE Foundation
October 10, 2015
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Council Members Built Bicycles for Distribution to Area Children
Bales Metal Surface Solutions Manager Named Moldmaker of the Year
September 25, 2015
Harry Raimondi, Technical Services Manager at Bales Metal Surface Solutions, has been named Moldmaker of the Year by the Society of Plastic Engineers/Mold Making and Mold Design Division.
SPE ACCE 2015 Show Report
September 16, 2015
Was this the year, finally, for the big break-through for automotive composites? Maybe, depending on to whom one talked or the presentation one heard.
SPE Announces Winners of Annual Thermoforming Conference Parts Competition
September 15, 2015
The awards were presented during the Thermoforming Division’s annual conference, held earlier this month in Atlanta, GA.
New Sponsor for SPE Foundation Scholarship
August 7, 2015
Jade Molds has sponsored a scholarship with SPE for US students studying in the plastics field.
2015 Harold Giles Award Winners
July 21, 2015
This year’s winners of the Harold Giles Scholarship awards are Colleen Murray and Johannes Moeller.
SPE Partners with Credible for Student Loan Debt Relief
July 14, 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has named Credible, a leading independent marketplace for student loans and loan refinancing, as its preferred provider of student loan refinancing services.
Retiring Plastics Leader Dennis L. Hayford Receives Honors from The Polymers Center of Excellence and SPE
July 10, 2015
Prominent plastics leader and activist Dennis L. Hayford was the recipient of two noteworthy honors today at a special retirement event to mark his achievements during 45 years in the industry.
Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference® to Address Design Innovation and Corporate Leadership
July 7, 2015
The keynote speakers for the 24th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will focus on the importance of design and manufacturing innovation and corporate leadership, it was announced today by SPE’s Thermoforming Division.
SPI and SPE Partner on Re|focus
June 25, 2015
The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced today that it signed a three-year agreement with SPE and its Plastics Environmental Division (PED) to co-promote and develop technical information for the Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo.
Salaries Continue to Rise in Plastics, with High Job Satisfaction
June 10, 2015
JUNE 10, 2015—Optimism remains high for employees in the plastics industry, as average base salaries grew 0.7% from the previous year to $104,722.
SPE sees jump in student members!
May 22, 2015
AKRON, OHIO — Russell Broome laid out plans by the Society of Plastics Engineers to attract more young people to plastics during the SPE Akron Section’s annual awards night. “One of my strong areas of focus is re-energizing not only the student demographic but young professionals,” said Broome, who was named SPE’s managing director last year.
SPE® AUTO TPO CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS ANNOUNCE 2015 EVENT DATES & LOCATION, EXTEND ABSTRACT DEADLINE
May 14, 2015
TROY, (DETROIT) MICH. – The seventeenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered-polyolefins forum, returns to the Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 4-7, 2015. The committee also has extended its deadline for abstracts as part of its annual call for papers and presentations. Abstracts were previously due April 18 but now will be accepted through the end of June with non-commercial papers or presentations due July 31, 2015.
Congrats! Class of 2015
May 7, 2015
Ingenious giant phone case makes one-hand usage a snap
May 4, 2015
Although initially subject to some mockery when first introduced, the larger-sized phone -- 5.5 inches and above -- is now par for the course. For better or for worse, big screens are here to stay. They do have their benefits -- they wouldn't have caught on if they didn't -- but they also bring their own issues. It's simply not as easy to cradle a large phone in one hand while using the thumb to navigate the touchscreen as it is with smaller models.
POLYMER COULD REPLACE FAULTY BLOOD VESSELS
May 4, 2015
Researchers have developed a new polymer that could be used to make artificial blood vessels. Once implanted the material can be broken down by the body and replaced with its own tissue over time.
Two Solvay Materials Experts to Detail New Ultra-Polymer at SPE AutoEPCON Targeting High-Heat Automotive Applications
May 4, 2015
TROY, Mich., April 29, 2015 – Two industry experts from Solvay Specialty Polymers, a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, will deliver a presentation on advanced polymer technology during the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) 10th annual AutoEPCON conference, held here at the Detroit Marriot Troy on May 5, 2015.
U Maryland Opens MakerBot Innovation Center
May 4, 2015
The University of Maryland (UMD) and MakerBot have opened a MakerBot Innovation Center at the university's A. James Clark School of Engineering to provide UMD students and faculty with access to 3D printers for prototyping, model-making and small-scale creative and manufacturing projects.
SPE® ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF SECOND-ANNUAL PLASTICS FOR LIFE™ GLOBAL PARTS COMPETITION
April 15, 2015
BETHEL, CONN. – The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the winners of its second-annual Plastics for Life™ global parts competition. Winners were selected in four feature-based categories ? Protecting Life (preservation, safety, containment, protection); Quality of Life (mobility, communication, luxury/comfort, recreation, entertainment); Improving Life (education, energy, opportunity, health); and Sustaining Life (environmental, conservation, sustainability, recycling, reduction) ? as well as a new People's Choice category and the prestigious Grand Award category for the competition's top vote getter. Results were announced at a press conference March 25, the last day of SPE's Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC® 2015), the world's largest plastics technical conference, held in conjunction in 2015 with the National Plastics Exposition (NPE® 2015) produced by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI®) in Orlando, Fla.
SPE THERMOFORMING DIVISION ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES IN THIRD ANNUAL STUDENT PARTS COMPETITION
April 13, 2015
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., April 13, 2015: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its third annual Student Parts Competition, encouraging students to specify and collaborate on a potential thermoformed application. The submission deadline is June 30, 2015.
Scavenging for plastics glory at SPE's Plastics Race™
April 9, 2015
ORLANDO, FLA. — Pride — and thousands of dollars worth of prizes — was at stake in the Society of Plastics Engineers Great Plastics Race competition, held throughout NPE 2015 in Orlando.
SPE® ISSUES CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION PARTS COMPETITION
April 8, 2015
TROY (DETROIT), MICH. – The organizing committee for the SPE AUTOMOTIVE COMPOSITES CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION (ACCE) today issued its annual call for part-competition nominations for the Most Innovative Composites Application as part of the group's annual event, September 9-11, 2015 in Novi, Mich. in the Detroit suburbs. Prizes will be awarded in three categories ? Materials Innovation and Process Innovation (selected by members of the SPE ACCE planning committee), and People's Choice (selected by conference attendees) ? with winning teams receiving recognition and a trophy after lunch on the last day of the show.
Plastics, "the only material providing people with comfort every moment of the day"
April 6, 2015
What is SPE and what are its main activities? SPE is an organisation that supports and enhances the technological development of the plastics industry worldwide. We have members in 84 countries around the world and business activities in about 23 countries. This makes SPE the only true global society in our industry. Our activities are concentrated around two main themes: knowledge and networking.
UD's Advani named Society of Plastics Engineers' Composites Educator of Year
April 3, 2015
8:57 a.m., March 26, 2015--Engineering students of the University of Delaware’s Suresh Advani who wonder what happens when polymers are mixed with fibers to make a composite can read his textbook, model the experiment for themselves using his processing software and then try it out for themselves in the laboratory.
Light shines on plastics innovation
April 2, 2015
ORLANDO, FLA. — The Society of Plastics Engineers shone a light on the benefits of plastic at NPE with its Plastics for Life competition, with the Grand Prize going to the Ford Motor Co.’s LED molded headlamp lens. Announcing the results of what was effectively the culmination of awards programs from around the world. Former SPE President Jon Ratzlaff said the organization’s Plastics for Life awards were about “recognizing the best of the best.”
Eastman Chemical expanding Tritan co-polyester capacity
April 1, 2015
ORLANDO, FLA. — Eastman Chemical Co.’s Tritan-brand co-polyester business continues to grow, with 35 million pounds of capacity added late last year and a second plant on the horizon. The expansion took place in the fourth quarter of 2014 at Eastman’s headquarters site in Kingsport, Tenn., and now gives the firm almost 170 million pounds of annual Tritan capacity there. A second Tritan plant in Kingsport is in the planning stages, but no dates have been set for that project. Officials said the second plant will have annual capacity of about 130 million pounds.
Hall of Fame: Browitt used associations to make connections
April 1, 2015
VANDREUIL-DORION, QUEBEC — A Society of Plastics Engineers’ activist and materials distributor, Terence Browitt doesn’t forget his humble background in England, where he was born in Nottingham in 1941, as World War II raged. “We were very working class. Nothing special,” he recalled. Terry’s dad, Jack Browitt, was stationed in Iceland, at an anti-aircraft position to keep the Germans out of the North Atlantic.
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and SPE unite to offer joint membership to students
March 31, 2015
ORLANDO, FLA. — This week’s partnership between NPE organizer the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) is continuing well beyond the show with a new agreement on student memberships for both groups.
SPE PLASTICS RACE A HIGHLIGHT AT NPE
March 31, 2015
Tuesday morning, the second day of NPE2015 saw the Orlando Convention Center’s exhibit hall flooded with next generation plastics professionals and engineering students on the hunt for answers in SPE’s thrilling Plastics Race. One by one groups of up and coming engineers, donning their green SPE shirts arrived at our booth eagerly scanning the QR code to get a random plastics industry question.
SPE, Penn College of Technology, and Paulson Training Form Educational Alliance to Serve as a Single Source of Plastics Information, Training, and Certification
March 31, 2015
BETHEL CT (March 20, 2015)— The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center (PIRC) of Penn College of Technology, and Paulson Training Programs, Inc. have entered into an alliance to offer plastics professionals and companies a resource for educational information, training programs and certifications.
Conversations with Plastics News -- Wim De Vos, SPE
March 30, 2015
Economics Editor Bill Wood sits down with Wim De Vos of SPE.
SPE TO HONOR THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF FIVE FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY AT ANTEC® 2015
March 18, 2015
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 17, 2015: During this month’s Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2015, SPE will honor the newest Fellows of the Society—members who have made outstanding contributions in plastics science, engineering, or management.
SPE TO RECOGNIZE ‘HONORED SERVICE MEMBERS’ AT ANTEC® 2015
March 18, 2015
BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., March 17, 2015: At next week’s SPE ANTEC® 2015, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will introduce six new Honored Service Members who are being recognized for their contributions to the Society.
Winners of the 24th SPE Benelux Student Award 2014
March 17, 2015
The SPE Benelux student awards committee is proud to announce that this year, once again, two winners have been selected to receive the SPE Benelux Student Award 2014, one in the Master of Science category and one in the Bachelor of Science category. In addition, two recipients, one in each category, were recognized with an Honorable Mention.
SPE Member receives Highest Honor from the Engineering Society of Detroit
March 9, 2015
The Engineering Society of Detroit will recognize Irvin Poston as winner of its prestigious Gold Award in a ceremony to be held March 11 at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.
BARRY SHEPHERD OF SHEPHERD THERMOFORMING & PACKAGING IS NAMED SPE 2015 THERMOFORMER OF THE YEAR
February 27, 2015
BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., February 27, 2015: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has named Barry Shepherd as Thermoformer of the Year.
National Plastics Center Presents SPE with $200,000 in Support of PlastiVan™ Program
February 25, 2015
SAN ANTONIO, TX—The National Plastics Center presented the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) with a $200,000 check Saturday in support of the PlastiVan™ education program, which sends “PlastiVans” to schools and companies throughout North America to educate people of all ages about plastic’s chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications.
PlastiVan, Plastics Pioneers receive donations
February 23, 2015
SAN ANTONIO — Two plastics efforts related to education were scheduled to receive significant donations on Feb. 21.
SPE ANTEC® 2015 Techincal Program Will Include Two Multi-Presentation Sessions on 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing
February 23, 2015
Heightened Interest in 3D Technology Is Leading to Formation of an SPE Special Interest Group (SIG), Members of Which Also Organized One of the Two ANTEC Sessions.
Plastics Industry Stakeholders Eye Gradual Shift to Oxo-biodegradable Alternative
February 12, 2015
Solvay High-Performance Polymers Enable High-Precision Custom Extrusions from International Polymer Engineering
February 11, 2015
ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 10, 2015 – International Polymer Engineering (IPE), a leading custom extruder of thermoplastic tubing and profiles based in Tempe, Ariz., introduced today a broad, new range of high-precision microbore tubing, monofilaments and profiles made of high-performance thermoplastics from Solvay Specialty Polymers. These innovative products offer advanced solutions for medical, aerospace, military and industrial applications. IPE unveiled the new product line at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West show (Booth #2112), which runs here from Feb. 10-12. Solvay is also here (Booth #1906), showcasing its broad selection of high-performance medical-grade polymers for medical devices.
The 9th European Additives & Colors Europe conference organized by SPE to be held in Barcelona on 23-25 February
January 28, 2015
Barcelona will be holding the 9th European Additives & Colors conference organized by SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers, www.4spe.org) next 23-25 February 2015. This biannual conference has become the “place-to-be” to learn about the latest on additives, pigments, dyes and masterbatches and their key role in shaping plastics’ aesthetics and performance.
SPE TO HONOR ACHIEVEMENTS OF INDUSTRY LEADERS AT ANTEC® Orlando 2015
January 26, 2015
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to four distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2015.
ANTEC® Orlando 2015 Conference Proceedings Now Available in the Technical Library
January 20, 2015
SPE Members now have access to the ANTEC® Orlando 2015 Conference Proceedings.
New Buffalo High School students assembling fleet of 3-D printers
December 17, 2014
NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo High School students are blazing a new trail when it comes to classroom 3-D printing. A Physics B class of 10 students, with a few other pupils participating as well, were busy assembling some of 10 new 3-D Rep Rap Delta printers during a recent morning session.
Nine to be inducted into Plastics Hall of Fame
December 8, 2014
The Plastics Hall of Fame will welcome nine new members — eight men and one woman — when they are inducted during NPE 2015. The new members are: John Beaumont, Terry Browitt, William Carteaux, Robert DeLong, Eugen Hehl, Edward Hunerberg, Manfred Lupke, Donald Norwood and Maureen Steinwall.
Category winners announced for SPE Automotive Innovation Awards
November 18, 2014
The Society of Plastics Engineers’ automotive division has announced the category winners for its 2014 Automotive Innovation Awards. SPE honored the winners at its 44th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Nov. 12.
Breaking things in the name of science
November 11, 2014
A group of Pittsburg State University students spent last Friday afternoon breaking things -- all in the name of science. The plastics engineering technology students were working on a project, directed by a manufacturer in search of a more durable gas tank for lawn mowers.
SPE Hall of Fame winner is a classic part on a classic car
November 5, 2014
ABC Group Inc. can celebrate its 40th anniversary with an award for one of its early breakthrough blow molding technologies.
Penn State College Plastics Students Recognized for Research
October 15, 2014
Research conducted by plastics and polymer engineering technology majors at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been recognized by the Rotational Molding Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
SPE Appoints Russell C. Broome as Managing Director
September 27, 2014
Most of you know Russell as a long-term member of SPE with over 20 years of volunteer leadership, including his significant role as President of the Society in 2011-2012.
NASA grant to create composite Lego in Space
January 13, 2014
An engineer from the University of Massachusetts in the US has been awarded a grant from NASA to develop composite materials for use in space.
A. Schulman Announces Acquisition Of Citadel, A Leading North American Specialty Engineered Plastics Company
AKRON, Ohio, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM), a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, powders and resins, announced today that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of privately held Citadel Plastics Holdings, Inc. ("Citadel"), a portfolio company of private equity firms HGGC and Charlesbank Capital Partners, for $800 million.
FLEXICON MARKS 40TH YEAR WITH 91,000 SQ FT EXPANSION
Henkel Opens Doors at North American Automotive Headquarters to Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Future of Vehicle Development
Automotive supplier offering tours focused on lightweighting, e-mobility, sustainability and more at its automotive campus in Madison Heights, Michigan
PLASTICITY FORUM ANNOUNCES FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CASCAIS, PORTUGAL
HONG KONG — March 12, 2015 — The Plasticity Forum announced today its fourth annual conference will be held June 8 – 9 in Cascais, Portugal. The forum will form part of a global series of events in Portugal on the ocean, our impact on it and the opportunities to our broader communities via strengthened stewardship: The Economist’s World Ocean Summit and Portugal’s Blue Week. Building on the success of the previous Plasticity Forums in Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong and New York, this year’s forum will focus on “Designing for Circularity, Customer Engagement, Reverse Supply Chains and Reaching Scale.”
SPE ACCE 2015 show report
Was this the year, finally, for the big break-through for automotive composites? Maybe, depending on to whom one talked or the presentation one heard.
SPE Foundation Reaches out to the Next Generation
SPE Honors Moldmaker and Mold Designer of the Year
Harry Raimondi, Technical Services Manager for Bales Metal Surface Solutions, was named the SPE Mold Maker of the Year and Chris Hanes, Engineering Manager for both Micro Mold and Plastikos, received the SPE Mold Designer of the Year award at the recent AmeriMold conference and trade show in Chicago.
Solvay wins SPE Process Innovation Award
Solvay wins SPE Process Innovation Award for BMW M4 GTS Hood as "Most Innovative Composite Part"
Stratasys Unveils Project With US Department of Veterans Affairs As Part of Corporate Social Responsibility Program
One of the first integrated 3D printing networks rolled-out at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals across the nation. Designed to rapidly advance quality care, build collaborative best-practices, and accelerate doctor preparedness.