SPE News - June 18, 2021

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Gender Bias and Design

Plastics Engineering’s cover story reports on a topic of growing concern: the lack of input by women in product designs, a situation that can have unintended consequences.

Circular Economy and 3D Printing

Sustainability is an issue for manufacturers using 3D printing. HP and Ford are among those leading the effort to develop a closed-loop, reusable materials stream that comprises 3D printing waste generated in-house.

What's Happening Around SPE

Jaime Gomez

2021 Passing of the Gavel and Honors & Awards Presentation

SPE will say farewell to outgoing SPE President Jaime Gómez when he officially passes the gavel to Jason Lyons, as he embarks on his term as SPE President during the Society’s Passing of the Gavel and Honors & Awards Presentation on Tuesday, June 29th beginning at 3:00 PM ET. During this virtual event SPE will also proudly honor the 2021 Fellow and Honored Service Member Award recipients as well as the recipient of this year’s President’s Cup. Virtually network with other SPE members and plastics professionals following the presentations!

It’s much more than a “Plastics Race”… it’s SPE’s Plastics Summer Olympics!

Think you’ve got what it takes to win a Gold/Silver/Bronze-colored plastic medal? Compete against your SPE colleagues and test your plastics knowledge by answering a wide variety of questions in our first Summer Olympics Competition! SPE’s Plastics Summer Olympics, powered by QMe Tech, will be held for 4 days starting on Friday, August 6 and going through Monday, August 9.

There’s Still Time to Give to SPE Foundation’s Spring Giving Day

To date, the SPE Foundation’s Spring Giving Day has raised nearly $10,000 in support of Foundation Scholarships that are provided to well-deserving students who are pursuing degrees and careers beneficial to the plastics industry. Support for the Foundation’s Scholarship programs have come from SPE members and Chapters as well as corporate partners Bekum America and Accede Mold and Tool—companies who support plastics workforce development. You can make a difference toward supporting our next generation of plastics professionals. Make a donation today!

Recycling and Circular Economy (RACE) Conferences Begin with Asia Event in July

SPE, SPE’s India Section and SPE’s Recycling Division have been named collaborating organizers with Pworld Technology PVT LTD and Polymerupdate for an upcoming series of Recycling and Circular Economy (RACE) conferences. Three RACE conferences, each taking place virtually, have been announced for 2021 and early 2022: RACE Asia (July 15-16, 2021); RACE Americas (October 7-8, 2021); and RACE Europe (January 20-21, 2022). RACE conferences are focused on innovative ways to help the planet heal through recycling and shifting from a linear to a circular economy.

ANTEC® 2021 Highlights

The latest edition of ANTEC®, SPE’s Annual Technical Conference, began on May 5, 2021, with an opening address by SPE President Jaime Gómez emphasizing the positive impact of plastics on life and recognizing the challenges the industry faces in many areas. With nearly 1,100 attendees and 215 speakers, ANTEC® 2021 kicked off with 17 Industry Insights Sessions from May 5-7, which included plastics leaders who shared their valuable plastics industry insights. And 121 ANTEC® Classic Sessions took place May 10-21, offering live, remote presentations (including Q&A) occurring over 10-days with 20 technical tracks. ANTEC® 2021 also included 50+ On-demand Presentations as well as 19 Student Posters.

Upcoming Events

  • Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants Workshop

    Presented by SPE and PINFA-NA
    Next Session: Monday, June 21
    Virtual Series (SPE Member pricing available!)

  • Introduction to PVC Gelation and Formulation

    Sponsored by Arkema
    Next Session: Wednesday, June 23
    Virtual Series (FREE to Attend)

  • SPE ASEAN Webinar

    Presented by SPE ASEAN Section
    Friday, June 25
    Virtual Event (FREE to Attend)

  • SPE Passing of the Gavel/Honors & Awards Presentation

    Tuesday, June 29
    Virtual Event (FREE to Attend)

  • Applied Rheology Workshop Series — Workshop Part I

    Presented by Goettfert
    Tuesday, July 13
    Virtual Series (SPE Member pricing available!)

  • RACE - Recycling and Circular Economy Conference Asia

    Organized by SPE, SPE India, SPE Recycling, Polymerupdate and PWorld Technology Pvt Ltd
    Thursday, July 15 - Friday, July 16
    Virtual Event


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New Episode of PlastChicks

(Congrats on over 5,000 downloads!)

On this episode of PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin - Mercedes and Lynzie host Adam Baker, Founder and CEO of SodaPup. They discuss pet industry innovation, design, manufacturing, marketing and merchandising.

Episode #26 is out now on all of your favorite places to listen to podcasts, or check out the SPE YouTube channel for video podcast episodes!


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