SPE News - Feb. 6, 2023

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Plastics Engineering

The January/February issue of Plastics Engineering is now available! The issue is focused on sustainability, recycling, automotive innovations, PVC, and more. 

Read January/February Issue

The Unbroken Circle

Todd Bukowski, Program Lead for Sustainability Initiatives, PTIS LLC, provides insight on how to improve the sustainability and circularity of flexible packaging.

Todd Bukowski, Program Lead for Sustainability Initiatives, PTIS LLC
Purdue and 9T Labs Collaborate on Printed Aerospace Composites

Enhanced Control

Process developments reduce cost and improve sustainability of film and sheet extrusion.

What's Happening Around SPE

ANTEC® 2023 Technical Program Focused on Four Themes

You definitely don't want to miss ANTEC® 2023 (taking place March 27-30 at the Hilton Denver City Center)! This year we're making it easier for you to choose which technical sessions you want to attend by introducing a NEW Technical Program based on four themes: Advances in Materials and Characterization; Sustainability; Polymer Processing and Equipment; and Digitalization and Additive Manufacturing. Each theme has several tracks with over 115 sessions as well as four plenary presentations - all focused on the latest advances in industrial, national laboratory, and academic work.

Pre-ANTEC® Workshops Take a Deep Look at Plastics Technologies

On Monday, March 27th, seven in-depth, three-hour Pre-ANTEC® Workshops will be taking place from 2:00-5:00 pm. These workshops are designed to help you expand your knowledge in plastics materials and processing. Want to get a sneak peak at the workshops? Each one has a preview webinar that will let you know what to expect in the actual workshop. Sneak peak webinars are free to attend!

NETZCH Instruments Announced as SPE Preferred Partner

SPE recently announced NETZSCH Instruments as a SPE Preferred Partner. NETZSCH instruments is a world leader in thermal analysis and rheology instrumentation specifically tailored to the application of each customers testing needs.

SPE Journals Provide Access to Cutting-Edge Technologies

SPE Journals provide multiple forums for authors of advanced research focused on science and technologies ranging from polymers, composites, vinyl, and additive technologies. SPE's highly-regarded Journals include Polymer Engineering & Science, Polymer Composites, Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology, and SPE Polymers.

SPE's Additives & Color Europe Conference 2023 Moves to Brussels

SPE's Additives & Color Europe Conference, taking place March 8-10, 2023, at the Courtyard by Marriott Brussels Hotel, in Brussels, is the best place to learn about the latest in state-of-the-art additives, pigments & dyes and master batches for plastics. This event connects with the entire industry value chain, from raw material and equipment suppliers to OEMs.

FlexPackCon® 2023 Announces Call for Abstracts

FlexPackCon® 2023, taking place at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, October 10-12 in Montreal, QC, is SPE's premier technical conference focused on flexible packaging. Presented by the SPE Flexible Packaging Division, FlexPackCon® 2023 is inviting material and equipment suppliers, processors, converters, packagers, brand owners, academia, and other industry influencers to submit abstracts for presentations focused on key trends and the latest technology advances in flexible packaging.

New Episode of PlastChicks Podcast Available

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri with guest Ed Hall, President and CEO of Baerlocher USA, discuss Ed's career journey, the importance of ethics and diversity in the workforce, Baerlocher USA's move into sustainability and services, and the need for the plastics industry to get together to teach, learn and collaborate in their approach to finding recycling solutions. Listen to it here.

This episode of PlastChicks is supported by the Plastics Industry Association.

SPE Foundation

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and SPE Foundation Partnership Report

In 2022, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) and the SPE Foundation formed a partnership to help girls understand the importance of plastics in our modern lifestyle. Through the “Wonders of Polymer Science” patch program, girls have been inspired to explore STEM career pathways in the form of polymer science and engineering.

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE International Polyolefins Conference
    March 5-8 | Galveston, TX
  • SPE Additives and Color Europe Conference
    March 8-10 | Brussels, Belgium
  • ANTEC® 2023
    March 27-30 | Denver, CO

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