PLASTICS and SPE Continue Partnership to Provide Free SPE Membership to Students

Offer access to resources and networking through membership options for the next generation of plastics professionals


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WASHINGTON, D.C.—October 10, 2018: As the result of the success of their student program partnership — which assisted over 2,000 students in their pursuit of a career in plastics since 2015 — the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and SPE: Inspiring Plastics Professionals today announced they will continue the partnership for an additional year through September 2019.

Since 2015, the program has provided college-level students free membership in SPE, while also enabling access to the resources and the professional network represented by PLASTICS. Participating students also have the opportunity to join PLASTICS Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP), a group which provides young professionals in the plastics industry the exposure, education, networking contacts and resources they need to advance in their careers.

"With the continuation of this program we are excited to provide assistance — from talent recruitment to educational outreach — to even more students from around the world as they pursue a career in plastics,"" said President & CEO of PLASTICS, William R. Carteaux. "It's up to us as seasoned professionals in the industry to nurture future leaders in plastics by providing them the resources and educational opportunities they need to succeed."

Under PLASTICS and SPE's agreement, students looking to become an SPE student member will have the option to do so for free. By offsetting the cost of membership, both PLASTICS and SPE hope to make it easier for students to take advantage of each organization's respective educational and networking opportunities, while expanding opportunities for plastics students and young professionals.

"SPE is pleased to continue this partnership with PLASTICS." said SPE CEO Patrick Farrey. "We all recognize the importance of building a strong future workforce. Through this program, students will have access to personal and professional resources that they couldn't get elsewhere. They will be presented opportunities to strengthen their technical skills and learn how to lead. Together we are committed to the development of tomorrow's plastic professionals."

About Plastics Industry Association
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $418 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About SPE
84 countries and 22,500+ members strong, we unite plastics professionals worldwide –helping them succeed and strengthening their skills through networking, events, training, and knowledge sharing. For more information, please visit