SPE News - October 21, 2022

Plastics Engineering

The October issue of Plastics Engineering looks at cork polymer composites, unique water waste removal, K Show 2022, purity in plastics processing, and much more!

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Plastics Engineering Highlights

The Right Stuff

Manufacturers tap range of materials and processes to surge metal replacement in automotive and aerospace.

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Atta Buoy!

Italian moldmaker develops innovating rotating buoys powered by flowing water that remove garbage and oil from waterways and oceans.

FDA Rethinks Food-Contact Rules

The US FDA is being pressed to reconsider bisphenol A in packaging and other contact materials.

What's Happening Around SPE

Are You Ready for Plastics Prime Time?

SPE is looking for speakers for ANTEC® 2023, taking place March 27-30 at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, CO. 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!

Back by Popular Demand – Pre-ANTEC® Workshops

Pre-ANTEC® Workshops are intended to be a “deeper dive” into topics of interest to ANTEC® 2023 attendees, offering them additional learning opportunities while at the event. Workshops will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center, the ANTEC® host hotel. We are seeking subject matter experts to serve as instructors for the workshops. Topics of interest include workshops on fundamentals in polymer science, polymer processing, polymer sustainability, polymer applications, among others.

Going to K 2022?

The global plastics industry will be gathering in Dusseldorf, Germany, October 19-26, for the 70th anniversary event of the triennial K Show. K 2022 will fill the vast Messe Dusseldorf fairgrounds – 1.9 million square feet of inside exhibition space – including presentations, products, services, technologies, and other developments highlighting how plastics will shape the future in areas such as climate protection and the circular economy. Join us for a lunch reception at the SPE booth—hosted by Dr. Jason Lyons, SPE President; Bruce Mulholland, SPE President-Elect; and Patrick Farrey, SPE CEO—from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at the SPE stand, Hall 12, F-87. Meet SPE staff and spend time with your SPE colleagues! Let us know you’re coming! RSVP at www.4spe.org/krsvp.

Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics, powered by SPE

The first cohort has started but you can still apply for Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics! If you’re looking at 2023 as the year to move into a leadership role, either to manage people or projects, now is the time to develop your leadership skills. Making the shift from successful individual contributor to effective manager is a difficult transition — it may be the hardest shift for any leader to make. SPE can help maximize your leadership potential through its Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics program. Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics is a six-month, cohort-based, virtual program and facilitated by Dr. Sarah Skidmore, a leadership doctor and experience strategic consultant.

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.” Additives and fillers are extensively used in the field of plastics technology. Among the wide range of available additives and fillers, increasing attention is being given to bio-fillers and bio-additives, i.e., those derived from renewable resources. 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.

LIG Health and Wellness Round-Up: Fall 2022 Edition

Healthy Living Ideas from around the Internet – This information comes from some of the leading experts and information resources on healthy living.

SPE Foundation

Help Us Expand the SPE Foundation Girl Scout Patch Program

This #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, the SPE Foundation is inviting support for its Girl Scout patch program! SPE’s first SPE Color Your World with Polymer Science patch was developed in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of NE Texas. To earn the patch, Girl Scouts learn about the fascinating properties of plastics and how they fit into our world. Join us to help bring this exciting patch program to the many Girl Scout Councils that want to teach about this exciting topic. Help inspire young women to see themselves as polymer scientists! Give anytime through November 29th at give.4spe.org.

New Podcast Episodes

On this episode of the Plastics & Beyond Podcast, Lilian Judy hosts Evan Morton, Programs and Sustainability Coordinator, SPE Foundation, live at ANTEC® 2022. They discuss their journey in STEM, bringing research opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds to help form their future, the importance of introducing students to STEM and plastics engineering opportunities in middle and high schools, the challenges that students with diverse backgrounds face in pursuing STEM careers and the vital role that it plays for students to see people like themselves in scientific careers. 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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