SPE News - Aug. 20, 2021

Digital July/August Edition of Plastics Engineering Now Available The July/August issue of Plastics Engineering, which focused on high-performance materials used in transportation vehicles, also included trends in sustainability, repeatability, and the circular economy.

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Waste Not Want Not

Sustainability is an important objective for plastics producers, end-users, and consumers. Plastics Engineering provides a snapshot of use figures for different materials.

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Scientific Molding Ensures Repeatable Parts

Creating consistency in injection molded parts requires a detailed, scientific process. Plastics Engineering covers the basic steps molders can take to set up the process and create accurate, repeatable parts.

Used Pandemic Masks Go Circular

A pilot program in closed-loop recycling may be a viable way of dealing with used face masks.

What's Happening Around SPE

2021 SPE Foundation Scholarships Awarded

The SPE Foundation recently announced its 2021 Scholarship recipients. The Foundation supports the development of plastics professionals by funding quality educational programs, grants, and scholarships. Through its online application portal, the Foundation managed 77 scholarships awarded to 47 outstanding students totaling $190,350.

Applications Now Available for 2022 SPE Honored Service Member and Fellow of the Society Awards

SPE Fellows are honored for their contributions in the fields of plastics engineering, science, or technology, or in the management of such activities and Honored Service Members are recognized for their long-term, outstanding service to, and support of, the Society and its objectives. Fellow and Honored Service Member applications are due October 1, 2021.

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SPE FOAMS 2021 Announces Conference Agenda

The FOAMS 2021 Conference, taking place in a virtual environment September 13-16, will address advances in synthesis, characterization, and properties of polymer foams by leading foam researchers in industry and academia. This conference is the premier forum for sharing ideas and learning about new developments in foaming technologies.

CAD RETEC® 2021 Continues Its Focus on Plastics Coloration

The 59th Annual SPE Color and Appearance Division RETEC® will be held September 19-20 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. CAD RETEC® is the longest running and largest technical conference in North America devoted to the coloring of plastics. This year’s theme is “Color On My Mind.”

SPE Thermoforming Division Announces Call for Product Submissions

SPE’s Thermoforming Division has announced a call for product submissions from companies that answered the call and manufactured products used in the battle against COVID-19. Product submission examples include: face coverings, including masks and face shields, and equipment enclosures used to limit the spread of the virus or to treat infected patients. Submissions will be displayed at the SPE Thermoforming Conference, taking place September 20-21 in Grand Rapids, MI.

Download the product submission form here.

LIG Health and Wellness Round-Up: Fall 2021 Edition

Healthy living, healthy eating, and mental health tips for the upcoming fall that could help keep your health care cost down when paired with the benefits of your health coverage.

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE Foams® Conference

    September 13-16 | Virtual Event

  • SPE Decorating and Coatings Division Topical Conference and IMDA Symposium

    Hosted by SPE Decorating and Coatings Division
    September 16-17 | Minneapolis, MN

  • SPE Color and Appearance Conference (CAD RETEC®)

    Hosted by SPE Color and Appearance Division
    September 19-21 | Atlanta, GA

  • SPE Thermoforming Conference®

    Hosted by SPE Thermoforming Division
    September 20-22 | Grand Rapids, MI


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new Episode of PlastChicks Podcast Available

On this episode of PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin – Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Elena Mantagaris, VP of Plastics, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. They discuss plastics as a backdrop of our modern lives, how it helps us achieve our sustainability goals, and how these roles need to be considered in establishing partnerships between government and industry in addressing the circular economy.

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