SPE News - July 9, 2021

What's On Our Mind

Meet SPE President Jason Lyons
Starting July 1, 2021, Dr. Jason Lyons, Business Manager, Arkema, began his tenure as SPE's President. Dr. Lyons has been part of the SPE community for many years in many roles that have helped influence his journey to becoming the society's newest President. SPE News asked Dr. Lyons a handful of questions to get to know him a little better. Besides finding out he’s a die-hard Pearl Jam fan, we discovered Dr. Lyons has many passions.


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Urban Air Mobility Creates Demand for Plastics
According to some forecasts, the urban air mobility market will create business opportunities for suppliers and processors of specialty polymers, foams and composites.


Precision Production

Raising the bar of extrusion quality and efficiency requires controlling the variables.

A New Era in Composites

Arris Composites’ Additive Molding process uses 3D printing and compression molding to mass produce advanced composite parts.

What's Happening Around SPE

SPE 2021 President's Cup Recipient Announced

Conor P. Carlin, SPE's VP Sustainabilty, was recently named as the 2021 recipient of the Society’s President’s Cup Award. Dr. Jaime Gomez, SPE’s Outgoing President, presented the award to Carlin during SPE's Honors & Awards Ceremony, which took place virtually on June 29th. The ceremony also presented the Passing of the Gavel and celebrated SPE's 2021 Fellow and HSM award winners.

JSW America’s Paul Martin and Dow’s Pavan Valavala Named to SPE Executive Board

SPE President Jason Lyons appointed Paul Martin, Vice President, JSW America, as VP at Large and Pavan Valavala, Sr. R&D Leader for the Materials Engineering Center in the Engineering and Process Sciences Organization, Dow, Inc., was approved by the Executive Board to assume position of SPE’s VP Professional Development. Each of these positions started on July 1 and will run for one year.

Speakers and Panelists from Gov. of India, UNEP, Borouge, Colgate-Palmolive Confirmed for Recycling and Circular Economy (RACE) Conference - Asia

RACE ASIA, taking place virtually July 15-16, 2021, will feature multiple speakers and panelists from a range of companies and organizations focused on recycled applications and their end use.

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Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • Applied Rheology Workshop Series — Workshop Part II

    Presented by Goettfert
    Tuesday, July 20
    Virtual Series (SPE Member pricing available!)

  • Acrylic Impact Modifiers for PVC: Core-Shell Modifier Chemistry and Performance

    Sponsored by Arkema
    Wednesday, July 21 - Virtual Series


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New Episode of PlastChicks

On this episode of PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin – Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Hugh Karraker, executive producer of the film, All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic, also the great grandson of Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the inventor of Bakelite, and John Maher, director of the film. They discuss the film, the life of Leo Hendrik Baekeland, Bakelite and its role in the development of modern plastics.

Episode #27 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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