Divisions and Scope
Additives & Colors Europe - D45
To stimulate and diffuse the knowledge of the modification and the coloration of plastics and polymers in Europe and to provide a platform to the plastics additives and color community. ACE will encourage technical and scientific activities for advancement of plastics taking benefit from the use of dyes, colors, pigments, other modifiers, and ionizing radiation, especially through studying their mutual interactions in polymeric systems.
Automotive Division - D31
The Automotive Division is dedicated to recognizing and communicating technical accomplishments in all phases of new automotive plastics and plastic based composite applications including material, process, equipment, tooling, and design.
Blow Molding Division - D30
It shall be the aim of the Blow Molding Division to disseminate technical information, relevant to the blow molding industry, to the SPE membership, to educational institutions and to other technical societies peripheral to the plastics industry. This will be done through technical meetings, liaison with educators, publications, and newsletters. We will maintain listings of speakers and films on subjects within our area of interest. The scope of our interest will include blow molding machinery, tooling and ancillary equipment, processing, product testing and material evaluation. We will also direct our efforts toward augmenting the membership of the SPE and our Division.
Color & Appearance Division - D21
All aspects of the coloration of plastics including: processing, color measurement/visual assessment, dyes/pigments, weathering and other application issues.
Composites Division - D39
The Composites Division will provide an organized forum for the promotion and dissemination of information on the science, engineering fundamentals and applications of advanced polymer composite materials. Composites are materials which consist of one or more polymers combined with continuous and/or discontinuous fibers and/or additives.
Decorating & Assembly Division - D34
To provide a forum for disseminating technological advancements and information in decorating of plastics by painting, vacuum metallizing, electroplating, hot-stamping, assembly and other related supplies and equipment.
Electrical & Electronic Division - D24
The objective of the Electrical & Electronic Division shall be to encourage growth and dissemination of specialized scientific and engineering knowledge relating to utilization of polymers and plastics in electrical and electronic components and systems. This can be accomplished through technical meetings, educational efforts, and Division publications. The fields of interest of the Division will include those materials, techniques, properties, and tests appropriate to electrical and electronic specialties.
Engineering Properties & Structure Division - D26
The purpose of the Engineering Properties & Structure Division is threefold:
Stimulate the investigation and understanding of the engineering properties of plastics and their relationships to composition, structure, and processing variables. Foster technical activities on uniform testing and reporting of plastics properties. Encourage the proper application of property data.
Extrusion Division - D22
It is the purpose of the Extrusion Division of SPE to advance the technical body of knowledge in the field of plastics extrusion industry as a whole. This will be done by study within the Division, by conducting seminars at all levels of proficiency, by promoting extrusion technical activities at the local levels of the Society, and by publishing plastics extrusion technical information which otherwise might not be disseminated.
Flexible Packaging Division - D44
The Flexible Packaging Division strives to provide, with clear focus and good repute, an industry-recognized forum that facilitates the timely exchange of technical knowledge and business information in the market-driven, fast-evolving, multi-disciplinary field that encompasses the arts and the sciences of production and processing of plastic materials, fabrication and conversion of films and sheets, and enclosure and protection of goods in end-uses.
Injection Molding Division - D23
To encourage the development, coordination and dissemination of engineering knowledge and technical information on injection and rotational molding. To foster the education of people for the purpose of implementing the above objective.
Medical Plastics Division - D36
To encourage the interchange of technical and regulatory information on the polymer materials/components used in medical devices and in device containers among the scientists and engineers who are working in medical device and related industries.
European Medical Polymers - D46
The main activities of the Division will focus on the processing and performance of polymers, including bio-active polymers used in medical devices and prosthesis. Activities will also include design, assembly and sterilization.
Mold Making & Mold Design Division - D35
To foster growth in the moldmaking and design profession by encouraging the training of moldmakers at the apprentice level, and by supporting the continuing development of established moldmakers by gathering and exchanging information on materials and mold performance.
Plastics Environmental Division - D40
This Division is concerned with all aspects of the recycling, reclamation, resource recovery, and disposal of plastic materials. Its mission is to foster the advancement of technology in the development of recycled plastics as a valuable raw-material resource. To this end, the Division will promote public and member education on plastics recycling through the coordination and dissemination of technical information via local, regional, national and international sessions and conferences, publications, and interaction with other interested national, international, academic and industrial organizations.
Polymer Analysis Division - D33
The objective of the Polymer Analysis Division will be to promote the development and exchange of skills and knowledge in the analysis and characterization of polymers. Our main effort will be to set up Division activities and to promote our membership to play an active role.
Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division - D38
To stimulate and encourage a continuing interchange of information relating to polymer modification and to the role(s) of modifying agents and additives in polymeric compositions.
Product Design & Development Division - D41
The objective of the Product Design & Development Division is the continual improvement in the quality of the design and development of plastic products. That ongoing goal will be achieved by providing a forum for designers, their suppliers, customers and educators to come together for the dissemination of technical information that is of specific interest to the plastics product design community.
Rotational Molding Division - D42
The objectives are (1) to provide a forum for SPE members to exchange technical information and become informed about rotational molding, (2) cooperate with and encourage universities to teach and conduct research relating to rotational molding, and (3) to build membership in a new field for SPE.
Thermoforming Division - D25
To encourage the development of thermoforming, this Division will establish avenues of communication by sponsoring technical sessions at the Society's meetings and in conjunction with other technical societies including the annual Thermoforming Conference, encouraging research into new methods and materials, and disseminating knowledge pertinent to this area.
European Thermoforming Division - D43
Thermoforming includes practitioners and its supply and support industry members in Europe.
Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division - D29
The Thermoplastic Materials and Foams Division is organized to provide a focal point for the interchange of information relating to non-vinyl thermoplastic resins including fluoropolymers, polyamides, polyesters, polyolefins, polystyrenes, their filled and/or reinforced products, and their foamable products. Its interests lie in stimulating the development of scientific and engineering knowledge. By encouraging participation between producers and consumers, it aims to provide information on new developments which shall encompass synthesis, characterization, fabrication, safe handling, application, servicability, and marketing.
Thermoset Division - D28
It will be the purpose of the Thermoset Division to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to thermosetting materials and processing techniques. The Division will be responsible to stimulate its members to contribute or accumulate such knowledge and disseminate same through publications and technical meetings.
It will further be the Division's objective to assist Executive Offices of the Society in conducting all major technical programs--coordinate with other interested national societies and organization and educational institution for propagating the understanding of thermosetting plastics.
Vinyl Plastics Division - D27
To stimulate and encourage the interchange of non-proprietary information, and to promote the scientific and engineering knowledge related to vinyl plastics technology.