SPE News - November 18, 2022

Plastics Engineering

The November/December issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on sustainability, 3D-Printing, automotive innovations, PVC, and more.

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Plastics Engineering Highlights

AI UPS Recycling Payoff

Sortation equipment driven by machine learning generates high-quality recycled plastics.

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Brilliant Idea

3-D printed tooling slashes PET soda bottle development time and cost for PepsiCo.

Conceived and Created

SPE Automotive Innovation Awards demonstrate how polymeric materials power evolving vehicle designs.

What's Happening Around SPE

New for 2023! ANTEC® VIP Experience

Registration for ANTEC® 2023, taking place March 27-30, 2023, in Denver, CO, is now open! For 2023, we're offering a limited-time/limited-space opportunity to get in on our exciting new ANTEC® VIP Experience! The ANTEC® VIP Experience is a complimentary upgrade to your registration that gives you fantastic perks and benefits to enhance your overall ANTEC® experience. Open to the first 250 Registrants only! To get the VIP Experience, you need to register for ANTEC® by January 31st and book your stay through the ANTEC® host hotel room block.

Are You Ready for Plastics Prime Time?

SPE is looking for speakers for ANTEC® 2023. ANTEC® is the perfect event to share your research or your company’s latest developments. And we're changing things up a bit for 2023! Speakers are no longer required to submit a technical paper - you can submit a paper or a presentation. The choice is yours! This will allow for greater flexibility on how you would like to present your work. Call for Speakers deadline is December 2, 2022, so don’t hesitate – submit today!

Students – We Want Your Posters!

Don’t miss this opportunity to submit your Student Posters for ANTEC® 2023! We're asking for posters focused on the latest findings in plastics technologies, polymer research, new materials, processes and more. Do you have something that is unique or a relevant topic that can reach everyone? Submit your poster today!

Using Podcast Guesting to Improve Your Public Speaking

Written by Neil Thompson, Founder, Teach the Geek
Want a low-pressure way to improve your public speaking skills? Appear as a guest on podcasts. There are over 400,000 active podcasts, so you can definitely find some that would love to have you as a guest. As a podcast guest, your speaking skills will improve because you’ll get practice answering questions extemporaneously.

SPE Flexible Packaging Division Announces FlexPackCon® 2023

SPE’s Flexible Packaging Division announced FlexPackCon® 2023, taking place October 10-12, 2023, in Montreal, QC, Canada. From materials and equipment suppliers to processors, converters, packagers, and brand owners, FlexPackCon® 2023 spans the supply chain. Engineers, researchers, marketers, and other flexible packaging professionals come together to learn about new developments in materials, trends, challenges, and opportunities in this double-digit growth market.

SPE Automotive Division Names Winners of 51st Automotive Innovation Awards

The SPE Automotive Division recently announced the winners for its 51st annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event (established in 1970) in the automotive and plastics industries. The announcement was made November 2, 2022, during the 51st SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala held at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., USA.

Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics Second Cohort Announced

The first Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics cohort has started but you can still apply for a spot in the second cohort session! If you’re targeting 2023 as the year to move into a leadership role, now is the time to develop your leadership skills. The second cohort begins in February 2023 and runs through July 2023. Apply before December 15 and you'll be able to enroll at the 2022 rates of $1,950 for SPE members and $2,250 for non-members. After December 15, enrollment rates are increasing!

SPE DEI Resources Available

SPE has DEI educational, professional development, mentoring, and recruitment resources for SPE’s members and their companies to ensure all stakeholders have a thorough understanding of the inherent value of becoming more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Resources include speaker series events, DEI activities, articles, and how to get involved with the SPE DEI Committee as a volunteer.

Co-Founder of SPE’s Decorating and Coatings Division Alan Chapel Passes Away

Alan Harvey Chapel, age 85 of Grand Haven, MI, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born on July 20, 1937, in Muskegon, Michigan, to the late Harvey and Helen (Beluzar) Chapel. Alan founded Grand Haven Plastics Inc. in 1983, where he continued as president until his retirement in 2010. Visitation was held Thursday, November 10, 2022.

SPE Foundation

#GivingTuesday Campaign Advances Support of SPE Foundation Girl Scout Patch Program

As plastics professionals, we know how important it is to improve the reputation of plastics and to invest in positive plastics education. The SPE Girl Scout Patch program does just this with its SPE Color Your World with Polymer Science patch program! This patch teaches Girl Scouts about color theory, materials science, and the importance of plastics in our modern lives. This #GivingTuesday, help the SPE Foundation bring this program to MORE Girl Scout councils across the country by supporting their campaign. Double your impact by making your gift early! The first $10,000 in donations will be generously matched by the SPE Automotive Division. .

New Podcast Episodes

On this episode of the Plastics & Beyond Podcast, Lilian Judy hosts Lynzie Nebel, Upstream Quote Engineer at Cytiva, co-host of the PlastChicks podcast and VP Member Engagement of the SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals Executive Board. They discuss the challenges women face in plastics engineering, the role of mentorship, their career journeys, and the value of networking and connections in career development.

SPE News Story Ideas?

Know a member who is doing outstanding things in plastics or in SPE? Have you heard about or are part of a chapter that is making an impact or a difference in the industry? Let us know if you have any story ideas for SPE News! Feel free to contact Chris Barry at cbarry@4spe.org.

Upcoming Events

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    November 16 | Smyrna, GA
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    November 22 | East Melbourne, Australia

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