SPE News - June 3, 2022

May Plastics Engineering Focused on Polymers and Carbons

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

Plastics Engineering Highlights

Making the Grade

Polymer technology degrees lay a vital foundation for aspiring plastics engineers.

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Heads Up

WaveCal helmet technology seeks to reduce the ‘silent epidemic’ of concussive brain trauma.

Carbon Reinforcements As Art

Carbon fibers are attracting interest from luxury designers for their aesthetics as well as performance.

Looking Back 80 Years While Shaping the Future

Highlight your company’s history, innovations, products, services and more! Our upcoming July/August issue of Plastics Engineering magazine will be a celebration of SPE’s 80th Anniversary and a look at the future of the industry. You are invited to be an important part of this must-read issue. With a reach of over 30,000 global industry leaders in more than 84 countries, Plastics Engineering readers are your potential new customers. 90% of our readers are decision-makers for new plastics technologies — tell them about your company, your roadmap for the future, and how your success is their success. Don’t miss out. Be included in this historical SPE milestone! For Plastics Engineering advertising opportunities contact: Michael Greskiewicz or Desiray Young.

80th Anniversary Fun Fact!

In 1943 the first ANTEC® (in Detroit) and the first RETEC (in Chicago) were held.

What's Happening Around SPE

Standard Registration Rate Ends Today for ANTEC®

SPE is hosting ANTEC® 2022 in-person and co-located with PLASTEC® South, an Informa event, in Charlotte, NC, from June 14-16, 2022. At ANTEC® you'll reconnect with your plastics peers face-to-face! The standard registration rate of $599 for SPE members and $799 for non-members ends today! Want to save? Register today!

Are You Presenting at ANTEC®?

Are you speaking at an upcoming SPE event like ANTEC®? Or any event for that matter? Does the prospect of presenting make you uncontrollably nervous? Whether on Zoom or in-person, public speaking is one of the biggest fears people have but, while public speaking and presenting may be challenging, as a plastics professional, it's one of the best ways for you to get noticed and excel in your field. SPE is here to help by providing a new member benefit called “Teach the Geek to Speak,” a program that will help you create impactful presentations and give you the confidence in public speaking you've always wanted. Find out the “process” behind giving strong, effective presentations!

Call for Papers for JVAT Special Issue: Bio-Additives and Bio-fillers: Latest Trends and Future Needs

SPE’s Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology (JVAT) announces a call for papers for an upcoming special issue focused on “Bio-Additives and Bio-fillers: Latest Trends and Future Needs.” The focus of this special issue is on the use of bio-additives and bio-fillers capturing innovations and needs. Call for Paper themes include: Development of bio-fillers and bio-additives; Effects of bio-additives in polymers; Processing of bio-filled polymers; End-of-life and sustainability issues. Timeline:

  • Submission closing date: October 31, 2022
  • Review/revision completion date: February 28, 2023
  • Special issue publication date: Early 2023

SPE Foundation Partners with Texas School District to Pilot Middle School STEM Club

McKinney Independent School District in McKinney, TX, has partnered with SPE and Manner Polymers to pilot a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club at Faubion Middle School that will be the first ever cohort of its kind in the state of Texas.

LIG Health and Wellness Round-Up: Spring 2022 Edition

Healthy living, healthy eating, and mental health tips as spring rolls around that could help keep your health care cost down when paired with the benefits of your health coverage! LIG Solutions can help you review your health coverage options – contact the team at LIG today! Check LIG’s membership section to learn how to access this exclusive member benefits program.

SPE 2022 Additives & Colors Middle East - Virtual Conference Call for Papers

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 June 17.

DEI Dialogue

How to Be the Ripple During Pride Month and Beyond

Written by Cathy Nestrick (she/her)
DEI Leader / Co-Host, Parity Podcast, Former VP and General Counsel, Berry Global Group, Inc.

Pride Month is celebrated every year in June in remembrance of the 1969 Stonewall riots, with the goal of achieving equal justice and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City protested persecution of the LGBTQ community which was all too common at the time. These protests marked the beginning of a movement to eliminate discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ Americans. Being an ally for your LGBTQ co-workers and co-workers who have LGBTQ family members can save lives.

New PlastChicks Podcast

On this episode of PlastChicks – The Voices of Resin – Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Cara Walton, Director, Harbour Results Inc. They discuss efforts to interest Millennials and Gen Z in manufacturing, using data to make manufacturing better, the importance of diversity in solving problems better and faster, developing techniques for benchmarking in rapidly changing times and challenges in sourcing in the plastics industry. Listen at 4spe.org/podcasts.

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.

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