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11/23/2020

Support the SPE Foundation on Giving Tuesday!


This year, the SPE Detroit Section generously donated $60,000 to help the SPE Foundation create PlastiVideo learning modules! PlastiVideos teach students about career opportunities in plastics and include such exciting topics as foam, manufacturing, sustainability, and marine debris. Your support makes it possible to create more content to engage students and help inspire future plastics professionals. In celebration of #GivingTuesday, SPE professional and young professional members can join or renew  SPE on Tuesday, December 1 and $25 of their membership dues will be donated to the SPE Foundation's PlastiVideos Program in their honor. 

Learn more - contact customerrelations@4spe.org.


11/20/2020

Both SPE's CEO and VP, Sustainability, on Tap for Upcoming Engineering Event


An expansive educational lineup for Virtual Engineering Week, November 30 – December 4, will kick off each day with a fireside chat and keynote presentation, including Patrick Farrey, SPE's CEO, and Conor Carlin, SPE's VP Sustainability. Both will present at the event on Thursday, December 3rd. 


11/18/2020

SPE's Conor Carlin Interviewed by PlasticsToday Magazine


Conor Carlin, SPE's VP Sustainability, will deliver a keynote presentation on adapting plastics consumption habits to a circular economy during Virtual Engineering Week, which is taking place November 30-December 4. In a recent interview with PlasticsToday, he explains what needs to be done and by whom.


11/17/2020

SPE's Webinar, "Navigating Plastic Material Selection," Now Available


This webinar, presented on November 12th by Jeffrey Jansen, Senior Managing Engineer and Partner, The Madison Group, addressed some of the considerations that need to be made when selecting a plastic resin, and outlined the challenges and benefits of selecting an appropriate material.


11/17/2020

Dr. Jaime Gomez, SPE President, to Present at SPE A-NZ Annual Conference


The SPE A-NZ Section is proud to announce that Dr. Jaime Gomez, SPE President, will present a session on Friday, November 20th from 9:00-9:30 a.m. at the SPE A-NZ Annual Conference. Dr. Gomez will focus on the contributions SPE makes to the plastics Industry.


11/09/2020

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is Accepting Nominations for Inductees Into Their Class of 2021.


A candidate for induction into NIHF is required to hold a United States patent that has contributed significantly to the nation’s welfare and the progress of science and useful arts. They are seeking candidates whose patented work is significant to their field, is commercialized and in widespread use, and is having a major impact on our daily lives. NIHF considers both living and deceased candidates. Nominations can be submitted at www.invent.org/inductees/nominate-inventor. There is no cost to make a nomination and the deadline is Feb 15, 2021. List of inductees by alphabetical order can be found here: www.invent.org/inductees/nominate-inventor.


11/03/2020

SPE's Latest Webinar, "Understanding Wear of Plastics," Now Available


This webinar, presented by Jeff Jansen, Senior Managing Engineer and Partner, The Madison Group, addressed the mechanisms of wear in plastics.


10/20/2020

Conor Carlin Pushes Sustainability Through SPE Position


Conor Carlin is managing director for Illig North America, and was recently named VP Sustainability of SPE. He spoke with Plastics Machinery Magazine editor Ron Shinn about his 20-year career in the plastics industry and how SPE is encouraging sustainable practices.


10/19/2020

SPE's Webinar, "This is Not the Wild West: Sustainability Definitions," Now Available


With continued interest in and development of sustainable plastics, it is clear that not everyone is working with the same lexicon. Terms such as 'degradable', 'bio-degradable', 'recyclable', and 'compostable' are subject to misunderstandings, misinterpretations, or outright fraudulent claims. SPE's latest webinar, "This is Not the Wild West: Sustainability Definitions, Standards, and Regulations" which took place on October 13th and was presented by Kelvin Okamoto, President, Green Bottom Line and Founder/CEO of Gen3Bio, addressed how ASTM standards are being used to create a common understanding based on science and testing. He also addressed the commonalities and differences among standards, certifications, and regulations.


10/07/2020

Miss Any of SPE's Virtual Events?


Recordings from all SPE's Virtual Events are available for viewing 24/7. If you attended any of our virtual events, you can access session recordings by simply logging in. If you missed any, you can purchase virtual event recordings by going here and choosing which event(s) you would like.


10/05/2020

SPE Announces ANTEC® 2021 Call for Technical Papers


SPE has announced its Call for Technical Papers for ANTEC® 2021. ANTEC® attracts over 3,000 plastics professionals from around the world with job functions encompassing managers, engineers, research and development, academia, operations, and consulting. Technical papers submitted for consideration for presentation at ANTEC® 2021 will focus on the latest in industrial, national laboratory and academic work.


10/01/2020

Moldex3D Announced as SPE Preferred Partner


The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) as an SPE Preferred Partner on October 1st. An SPE Preferred Partner is a converter, manufacturer, solutions provider or product distributor that has been recognized by SPE for demonstrated leadership and innovation in the plastics industry.


09/29/2020

SPE Foundation 2020 Scholarship Award Recipients Announced


SPE announced the winners of the 2020 scholarships administered as part of the SPE Foundation. The SPE Foundation awarded 57 scholarships to 45 students totaling over $126,000. The SPE Foundation supports the development of plastics professionals by funding quality educational programs, grants and scholarships.

“Our scholarships are made possible through the generosity of individuals, SPE chapters and other organizations who believe in the value of supporting our future plastics workforce,” said Eve Vitale, SPE Foundation’s Chief Executive. “We are grateful for their contributions and impact on these students.”
 


09/22/2020

ACCE Best Paper Award Winners Honored at the Virtual Event Sept. 9–11, 2020


The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) honored the Best Paper Award Winners for the group’s 20th annual Program at their Virtual Event, Sept. 9 – 11, 2020.  The two authors who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 40 contenders were honored for excellence in technical writing and will receive a plaque to commemorate their achievement.


09/17/2020

Book Review Opportunities Available


SPE members, and others, continue to author many informative books about plastics and plastics technology. In upcoming issues of Plastics Engineering magazine, our Editorial Team will be offering their reviews of these books. If you would like to serve as a Book Review Editor, please provide your information by clicking here. Or, if you would like to submit your book for review, click here.


09/16/2020

Participate in Global Litter Removal Challenge


It's Our World - Let's Help Clean It Up!

Extending its efforts to lessen the impact of litter on the environment, SPE members are invited to participate in the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (The Alliance) event, ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP. In celebration of World Cleanup Day 2020, the goal of this global initiative is to help remove litter "one piece at a time" from local communities worldwide. Starting Saturday, September 19th and continuing through October 3rd, ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP will unite thousands of volunteers from around the world to engage with their communities to discover, identify, collect and dispose of any litter they find. The Alliance has joined with technology and innovation partner Litterati to provide an app that uses geo-tagged photos of litter to measure and track participation. For SPE members to participate, simply download Litterati from the App Store or Google Play Store, open the Litterati app and ENTER the code: 4SPE2020. Volunteers can then head out into their local community and use the camera in the Litterati app to take photos of the litter collected. SPE's challenge is to collect 1,000 pieces of litter! One piece at a time, SPE members can show how individual impact is multiplied when we work ALL_TOGETHER.

Let’s go! #AllTogetherCleanup

Be safe - wear your mask!


09/14/2020

12th European Thermoforming Conference in Geneva, Switzerland Postponed to 2021


In light of the current international situation due to COVID-19, this main event of the European thermoforming industry has been postponed. The new date will be March 3-5 2021 and the Starling Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland will be the event's location.


09/09/2020

Winners of ACCE & Rehkopf Scholarships to be Honored at ACCE 2020


The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced the winners of the group’s annual SPE ACCE scholarships and the Dr. Jackie Rehkopf scholarships from an endowed fund that has been set up to honor the long-time SPE ACCE committee member, SPE Automotive Division board member, and automotive composites researcher. SPE ACCE and Rehkopf scholarship winners will be honored at the SPE ACCE Virtual Event, Sept. 9 - 11, 2020. Both scholarships are administered as part of the SPE Foundation.


09/01/2020

Second Keynote Announced for ACCE 2020 Virtual Event: "Greener Materials for a Greener World"


The executive planning committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Expo (ACCE) is announcing their second keynote speaker for their ACCE 2020 Virtual  Event, September 9-11, 2020. Dr. Deborah Meilewski, Senior Technical Leader of Sustainable and Advanced Materials at Ford Motor Co. will present “GREENER MATERIALS FOR A GREENER WORLD.” The presentation will highlight the broad portfolio of greener materials available now and in the future that can reduce the carbon footprint of the automotive industry and other industries worldwide.


08/31/2020

SPE and IoPP Launch Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition


SPE and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) recently announced they are joining together to launch Plastics in Food Packaging: The Virtual Edition. This virtual event will take place October 14-15 and will include insights on sustainability, how plastics can help ensure food safety, and plastics materials used in a range of styles from bottles and tubes to flexible packaging and more. Food packaging innovations expected in the coming years will also be addressed. 


08/28/2020

A “Live” to “Virtual” Pivot in 13 Days


In a recently published blog post for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), SPE CEO Patrick Farrey discusses the brave new world of virtual events and how ANTEC® quickly shifted from a live event to a virtual one in just 13 days.


08/28/2020

SPE's Latest Webinar, "Improve Your Chromatography with Refractive Index," is Now Available


Presented by Tobias Husemann, Product Management Team Leader, Anton Paar, on August 27th, Improve Your Chromatography with Refractive Index focused on how you can minimize uncertainty — and expensive errors - with a fast, highly-precise refractive index measurement. Featured topics in this webinar included: GPC calibration process; the role played by dn/dc values; how a refractometer can improve the GPC calibration process; and requirements and the specifications your refractometer must meet.


08/18/2020

Recorded Sessions for Plastics in Medical Manufacturing: The Virtual Edition Available For Viewing


Did you miss Plastics in Medical Manufacturing: The Virtual Edition? Not to worry - recorded presentations are now available. Gain insights on polymers used in medical equipment, mold making, medical material innovations, supply chain solutions, and more. Get access today!


08/10/2020

Ampacet’s Gustavo Lidzki Appointed SPE VP at Large


Gustavo Lidzki, Vice President, Global Engineering & CI Systems, Ampacet Corporation, was recently named to SPE’s Executive Board as VP at Large. Current SPE President, Jaime Gómez, appointed Lidzki to this position. Lidzki’s position as VP at Large started on July 1 and will continue for a period of one year.


07/20/2020

Did you miss Plastics in Cannabis Packaging: The Virtual Edition?


Plastics in Cannabis Packaging: The Virtual Edition, which took place July 28 online, was filled with insights on sustainable materials, environmentally friendly designs and bio-based solutions. Other areas explored analyzed what innovations we can expect in the coming years with this product. If you missed the live event, you can register now for access to the recorded sessions!


07/20/2020

Didn't Catch Clean Water in Plastics: The Virtual Edition?


Recorded presentations are now available to all attendees of Plastics in Clean Water: The Virtual Edition. But if you missed the event, you can register now to gain access to the event's recorded presentations! Or if you have multiple employees from your company wanting to view the recorded presentations, you can purchase a 10-Pack for team access!


07/20/2020

Annual Blow Molding Conference 2020 Canceled


The SPE Blow Molding Division's top priority is the health and safety of conference attendees, speakers and sponsors. After much consideration, the division has made the difficult decision to cancel ABC 2020, October 5-7 in Chicago, IL. The Blow Molding Division is looking forward to the future with the hope to gather again at ABC 2021, October 11-13 in Atlanta, GA.


07/10/2020

SPE's 2019 Audit Report Now Available


The auditor's report for SPE's financial statements, which are comprised of financial position statements as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, are now available for viewing.
 


07/07/2020

Keynote Announced for SPE's Plastics In Clean Water: The Virtual Edition


Plastics in Clean Water: The Virtual Edition, taking place online July 16, will provide a deep dive into how polymers are used in water filtration and new technology surrounding this as well as engineering that can go into products ahead of time to minimize microplastics in the waterways. Keynote presenter Lola Olabode, Research Program Manager for The Water Research Foundation, will provide insights into microplastics in the water cycle and its effect on human health and ecosystems. 


07/06/2020

SPE President’s Cup Award Recipient Announced


SPE is pleased to announce Dr. Brian Grady as recipient of the Society’s President’s Cup award for 2020. The award was presented to Dr. Grady during SPE’s Honors and Awards Ceremony, which was presented virtually this year on June 30. Dr. Brian Landes, SPE’s outgoing President, presented the award to Dr. Grady during the ceremony.


07/02/2020

Annual SPE Honors and Awards Ceremony Acknowledges Dedicated Volunteers


SPE’s annual Honors and Awards Ceremony, which was presented virtually on June 30th, announced the President’s Cup recipient, acknowledged the recipients of both the 2020 Honored Service Members (HSM) Award and the Fellow of Society Award, and introduced SPE's new Executive Board. The event is available for viewing on SPE's YouTube Channel.


07/01/2020

SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Announces Transition to a Virtual Event


The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced the transition from an in-person event to a virtual platform for its 20th anniversary event. The virtual ACCE will be held Sept. 9 – 11, 2020 (the dates it was originally planned for) and will include keynotes, panel discussions, technical sessions, sponsorship and exhibit options, and online networking opportunities.


06/23/2020

SPE and the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment Focus on Removing Barriers to Inclusion


Through partnering with more than fifty-three other leading societies to form the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine), SPE's involvement in the Consortium will address sexual and gender-based issues to ensure that all individuals may work in STEMM industries in a safe and welcoming environment.


06/22/2020

SPE and ICIPC to Launch Plastics Forum 2020: Nuevas Tecnologías y Sostenibilidad


SPE and the ICIPC - Instituto de Capacitacion e Investigacion del Plastico y del Caucho –announced they are joining together to launch the first Plastics Forum as a virtual event. Plastics Forum 2020: Nuevas Tecnologías y Sostenibilidad, taking place online September 17-18, will be SPE’s first all-Spanish language conference and will be the society’s first collaboration with ICIPC, Acoplásticos and other Colombian institutions.


06/22/2020

SPE Announces New Chair for Council Committee of the Whole


SPE is pleased to announce Barry Morris, Ph.D., as Chair for the Council Committee of the Whole (CCOW). The CCOW consists of all current SPE Councilors and the properly authorized proxies. The CCOW exists solely as an open forum to explore ideas, projects and concerns of the membership; and to discuss and debate issues of interest to the Council. The CCOW Chair position’s term begins on July 1 and will run for one year.


06/19/2020

SPE Automotive Division Postpones 50th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition & Gala


The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers is announcing the postponement of its 50th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Originally planned for Nov. 19, 2020, the event commemorating “50 Years of Plastics Innovation,” is rescheduled to Nov. 10, 2021 and will be held at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan, where it has been held for many years.


06/18/2020

SPE's Latest Webinar, "iMFLUX's Novel Low, Constant Pressure Molding Technology" Now Available


SPE's latest webinar, "iMFLUX's Novel Low, Constant Pressure Molding Technology Overcomes Traditional Barriers to Achieving A Truly Sustainable, Circular Operation," presented by Gene Altonen, Chief Technology Officer, iMFLUX, discusses one of the biggest challenges facing the plastics industry today -- the need for technology solutions that enable a Circular Economy. This is especially true for injection molded parts, where operational tradeoffs are often encountered when running many sustainable materials.


06/17/2020

SPE Announces Newly Elected Executive Board Members


SPE is pleased to announce recently elected Executive Board members as well as a newly appointed President. Additional board positions announced include VP Business & Finance, VP Sustainability and President-Elect.


06/12/2020

SPE Recent Webinar, "Impact Failure of Plastics," Available in SPE Library


SPE's recent webinar, "Impact Failure of Plastics," presented by Jeff Jansen, Senior Managing Engineer and Partner, The Madison Group, discusses impact loads, which are among the most challenging stresses that plastic component designers and manufactures must deal with. In many cases impact stress is not adequately accounted for and can lead to unnecessary premature or unexpected failure. Jansen's webinar looks at this issue and potential solutions.


06/11/2020

Did you miss Empowered Processing: The Virtual Edition?


Recorded presentations are now available to all attendees of Empowered Processing: The Virtual Edition. But if you missed the event, you can access recorded presentations by registering now to gain access! Or if you have multiple employees from your company wanting to view the recorded presentations, you can purchase a 10-Pack for team access!


06/11/2020

SPE Foundation Impact Report Now Available


The SPE Foundation 2019 Impact Report is now available for you to view! With your help, the SPE Foundation: brought PlastiVan® to more than 24,535 students; awarded $113,250 in scholarship dollars; raised more than $38,000 from membership renewal donations; awarded $43,653 in total grant dollars; and raised $10,509 on #GivingTuesday from 37 donors. Thank you to all SPE members for your time and support. Even in the midst of our current events, we are working together for a better future for our industry and our planet.


06/07/2020

Plastics in Water: Friend or Foe?


New SPE conference explores the symbiotic relationship between the plastics and water industries.


05/27/2020

Didn't Catch Plastics in Aerospace: The Virtual Edition?


Recorded presentations are now available to all attendees of Plastics in Aerospace: The Virtual Edition. But if you missed the event, you can access recorded presentations by registering now to gain access! Or if you have multiple employees from your company wanting to view the recorded presentations, you can purchase a 10-Pack for team access!


05/27/2020

Empowered Processing: The Virtual Edition Keynote & Speakers Announced


Empowered Processing: The Virtual Edition, presented by the SPE Injection Molding Division offers attendees the opportunity to learn and apply best practices for the injection molding process from industry leaders and innovators. The online event, taking place June 9, includes a powerful speaker line-up, presenting on topics relevant for today’s plastic processing environment.


05/19/2020

SPE and Crain Communications Establish Bill Bregar Memorial Scholarship


To honor longtime plastics journalist Bill Bregar, SPE and Crain Communications recently announced the launch of the Bill Bregar Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will support aspiring journalists and business communicators in the plastics and manufacturing industries. Bregar, who passed away on April 5, 2020, at the age of 58 of an apparent heart attack, spent 31 years reporting on the plastics industry. He joined Crain Communications’ Plastics News as a staff reporter shortly before the publication's launch in 1989.


05/12/2020

SPE Launches Open Access Journal: SPE Polymers


SPE recently announced the launch of SPE Polymers, a peer-reviewed, fully open access journal dedicated to all aspects of polymer science, polymer engineering, and polymer technology. Open access provides the opportunity to quickly make article acceptance decisions leading to prompt online publication. SPE Polymers articles are immediately open upon publication which also allows for faster broadcasting of research data to a much broader audience.


05/06/2020

Did you miss ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition?


ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition kicked off on Monday, March 30 with three full days of amazing keynotes and technical presentations that continued over a six-week period beginning on Monday, March 30th and concluded on Tuesday, May 5. Didn't attend? No worries. Just because you didn't attend ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition doesn't mean you can't keep abreast of the latest technologies, developments and trends in plastics. Register to gain access to technical session proceedings and recorded presentations, keynotes, podcasts and demonstrations.


05/05/2020

SPE ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition Brought Together Plastics Professionals from Around the World


SPE’s ANTEC® 2020: The Virtual Edition was host to plastics professionals globally and from all industries for a six-week period beginning on Monday, March 30th and closing on Tuesday, May 5. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the first five weeks and Monday and Tuesday on the sixth week, attendees logged into day-long keynote presentations and technical sessions focused on plastics used in a range of industries from medical to automotive to aerospace and more. During the six-week period, over 3,300 participants from over seven countries viewed 14 keynote speakers and 167 technical presentations facilitated by over 58 session moderators. Over 20 presentations, podcasts and demonstrations were live-streamed on YouTube and are currently accessible to everyone.


05/04/2020

Speakers Announced for Plastics in Aerospace: The Virtual Edition


SPE recently announced a new virtual event focused on plastics in the aerospace industry. The first offering in SPE’s “Plastics In…” virtual series, Plastics in Aerospace: The Virtual Edition, taking place May 18-19, 2020, is a one and half day live online event that is focused on insights from aerospace industry leaders. Plastics performance, material innovations, supply chain challenges and solutions, and how plastics usage is growing in aerospace will be addressed. Event co-chairs Dr. Jason Lyons, SPE Vice President/Divisions, and Dr. Scott Eastman, SPE Vice President/Sections, are guiding the speaker selection process.


04/22/2020

SPE Journal Welcomes New Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology


Dr. Prithu Mukhopadhyay is the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology (JVAT). He will assume his role on May 1, 2020. He succeeds Randy Brown who served as the editor of the journal since 2015.








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