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SPE to Honor Achievements of Industry Leaders at ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018

BETHEL, CT, U.S.A., Feb. 21, 2018: SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) will present its annual awards for outstanding contributions to the plastics industry to three distinguished individuals during SPE ANTEC® 2018 @NPE2018.

ANTEC 2018 @NPE2018, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will take place May 7–10 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, U.S.A. The annual award recipients will be honored at Plastics Hall of Fame Gala on Sunday evening, May 6 from 6-9pm in the Linda Chapin Auditorium at the Orange County Convention Center.

Biographical details on the award recipients appear in the attached documents. The awards and honorees are:

International Award

The International Award is SPE’s most distinguished award and is presented to honor an individual’s lifetime achievement. Philip David Coates, professor at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England and director of the Polymer Interdisciplinary Research Center(IRC), a network of four major universities and other research groups in the United Kingdom. The award is sponsored by the SPE’s Detroit Section and Automotive Divisions. Professor Coates will be the Plenary Speaker for Thursday, May 10. His presentation is titled Controlled Structuring of Polymers by Processing – Science, Technology and Applications.

Research/Engineering Technology

Dr. Rajen M. Patel is a fellow in technical service and development for packaging and specialty plastics at Dow Chemical. Dr. Patel will be the Tuesday, May 8 Plenary Speaker. His presentation will be Role of Material Science and Application Development for a Successful Product Launch — Reflections on Metallocene Polyethylene Revolution.

The Fred Schwab Education Award

John Beaumont, president of Beaumont Technologies Inc. and founder of the American Injection Molding(AIM) Institute. The award is sponsored by the SPE’s Detroit Section and SPE Automotive Division. Mr. Beaumont will be the Plenary Speaker on Wednesday, May 9. Advanced Industry Training & Education to Match Industry Needs is the title of his presentation.

For more information, please visit the Plastics Hall of Fame Gala Website.

Prospective ANTEC attendees can register online at www.4spe.org/antec.


THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS® (SPE) is the largest, most well-known plastics professional society in the world. Founded in 1942, SPE helps plastics professionals succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills and promoting plastics and the plastics industry. SPE brings together scientists, engineers and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion and application of plastics, as well as senior executives from every sector within the plastics industry value chain.