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Plastics and SPE Continue Partnership to Provide Free SPE Membership to Students

Offering access to resources and networking through membership options for the next generation of plastics professionals.

WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — As the result of the success of their student program partnership — which has assisted over 2,000 students in their pursuit of a career in plastics since 2015 — the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and SPE, inspiring Plastics Professionals, recently announced they will continue the partnership for an additional year through September 2019.

Since 2015, the program has provided college-level students free membership in SPE, while also enabling access to the resources and the professional network represented by PLASTICS. Participating students also have the opportunity to join PLASTICS Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP), a group which provides young professionals in the plastics industry the exposure, education, networking contacts, and resources they need to advance in their careers.

“With the continuation of this program we are excited to provide assistance — from talent recruitment to educational outreach — to even more students from around the world as they pursue a career in plastics,” said President & CEO of PLASTICS, William R. Carteaux. “It’s up to us as seasoned professionals in the industry to nurture future leaders in plastics by providing them the resources and educational opportunities they need to succeed.”

Under PLASTICS and SPE’s agreement, students looking to become an SPE student member will have the option to do so for free. By offsetting the cost of membership, both PLASTICS and SPE hope to make it easier for students to take advantage of each organization’s respective educational and networking opportunities, while expanding opportunities for plastics students and young professionals.

“SPE is pleased to continue this partnership with PLASTICS,” said SPE CEO Patrick Farrey. “We all recognize the importance of building a strong future workforce. Through this program, students will have access to personal and professional resources that they couldn’t get elsewhere. They will be presented opportunities to strengthen their technical skills and learn how to lead. Together we are committed to the development of tomorrow’s plastic professionals.”

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SPE Launches Interactive Exhibitor Directory as the First of Many New Features at ANTEC® 2019

Offering access to resources and networking through membership options for the next generation of plastics professionals.

BETHEL, CT, USA — With only eight months leading up to ANTEC® 2019 in Detroit, SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals (Society of Plastics Engineers) debuted a new online exhibitor directory and floor plan that benefits both exhibitors and attendees.

The directory offers extensive eBooth listings, increased visibility, and networking opportunities to optimize exhibitor and attendee’s times during ANTEC®. Attendees are able to view real-time updates of the event map and are able to search for products and services by category. Additionally, attendees can create their own personalized expo plan of booths to visit and schedule appointments with exhibitors well before the conference. This feature is the first user-experience update to be revealed about the upcoming technical conference.

Stephanie Clark, senior director, sales & advertising, stated, “I am excited to offer our exhibitors another platform to advertise their products and services and enable the attendees to create an Expo Plan before ANTEC®.”

SPE is excited to announce that the following companies have already signed up to exhibit, including Bruker Optics, Brabender Technologie, Coperion Corporation, Crafts Technology, ECON Inc., Enercon Industries, Moldex3D, NFM Welding Engineers, Inc., Parkinson Technologies, TA Instruments, Technovel Corporation, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Earlier in the year, SPE unpackaged its new brand identity during ANTEC® Orlando at NPE, introducing a new mission and website to reflect the changing environment of the plastics industry and on the diversity of its members. In addition to these internal changes, SPE is offering licensed training courses by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) at discounted pricing for members.

The ANTEC® Detroit exhibit hall will also include break areas and receptions to increase networking opportunities among peers. The new ANTEC® Detroit Exhibitor Directory and Floor Plan is now online.

If your company is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring at ANTEC® Detroit, please contact Stephanie Clark at sclark@4spe. org or +1 203.740.5411.