SPE News - June 24, 2022

June Plastics Engineering Focused on Polymers and Carbons

The digital version of the June 2022 issue of Plastics Engineering is now available.

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Treaty Trouble

A recent international agreement could result in supercharged versions of anti-plastics measures of the type we’ve seen for years.

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Come Together

European thermoforming conference highlights cooperative paths to process and regulatory challenges.

Foursquare 4ocean

CEO Alex Schulze talks trash in oceans and 4ocean’s commitment to remove it.

ANTEC® 2022 Round Up

Dr. Brian Landes Honored with SPE’s President’s Cup Award

Dr. Brian Landes, 2019-2020 SPE President, was named the 2022 recipient of the Society’s President’s Cup Award. Dr. Jason Lyons, President of SPE, presented the award to Dr. Landes during SPE's Honors & Awards Ceremony, which took place during ANTEC® in Charlotte.

SPE Launches New Podcast at ANTEC®

Plastics and Beyond, a new monthly podcast hosted by Lilian Judy, is designed to provide in-depth conversations around inclusion in the plastics industry, while exploring the trials, tribulations and discrimination underrepresented groups have had to overcome and are still facing. The first episode includes two special guests: Patrick Farrey, CEO of SPE and Eve Vitale, Chief Executive of the SPE Foundation. They discuss why SPE is embarking on a DEI journey, share some firsthand experiences and explore some challenges they may face.

ANTEC® 2022 Recap: Face-To-Face – First In-Person ANTEC® IN 3 Years

When SPE’s ANTEC® conference got under way on June 14, in Charlotte, N.C., it had been 1,185 days since the last in-person event, said Dr. Jason Lyons, SPE president and global market manager at Arkema. Lyons welcomed attendees to the first event of ANTEC® 2022: Keynotes on topics ranging from the economy to circularity, training, and new ways—for most companies—to recruit, hire and retain good workers in a tight labor market.

ANTEC® Report: The Homeless And Nonviolent Offenders Are a Talent Pool

The job market is tight. Recruiting, training, and retaining workers is a challenge. No surprise then that employment strategies — were among the topics discussed by keynote speakers on Day 1 of SPE’s ANTEC® conference, held June 14 to 16, in Charlotte, N.C. In a session moderated by Eve Vitale, Chief Executive of the SPE Foundation, she remarked that the Foundation’s mission “is to support workforce development.” Speakers discussed their strategies for finding workers.

ANTEC® Report: Disabled Are a Productive Workforce

Keynote speakers on the first day of ANTEC® included several who discussed employment strategies to overcome a tight labor market. In a previous posting we highlighted Lloyd Martin of CKS Packaging, who detailed the company’s “second chance program” that recruits the homeless and nonviolent offenders for company jobs—workers who now account for over 10 percent of the 3,000-plus workforce in the firm’s 26 plants.

What's Happening Around SPE

Help to Honor Jay Gardiner and Support Future Plastics Professionals

The Jay Gardiner Memorial Scholarship will recognize students who are pursuing a degree beneficial to a plastics-related career. Special consideration will be given to students actively involved as first responders or whose parents are first responders. We invite your participation to honor Jay and support students who exhibit the key attributes that Jay demonstrated throughout his life: work ethic, leadership, and service to his community.

Last Chance to Submit Your Paper for SPE’s 2022 Additives & Colors Middle East - Virtual Conference

The SPE 2022 Additives & Color Middle East Virtual Conference, taking place September 1, 2022, and hosted by the SPE Middle East Section, has announced a Call for Papers. The SPE Middle East Section is requesting papers/presentations with a focus on the latest innovations, technologies and best practices for improved performance, manufacturing productivity and quality. Deadline for submissions is today, June 24.

Other News

Asaclean® Launches New Website – Easy-to-Navigate, Interactive Knowledge Resource for Processors

Asahi Kasei Asaclean Americas, manufacturer, and distributor of Asaclean® Purging Compounds, has launched a new, interactive, educational website that puts a premium on user experience. It offers nearly 500 pages of purging content in both English and Spanish.

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