SPE News - November 17, 2023

What's Happening Around SPE

ANTEC® 2024 to ROCK St. Louis

ANTEC® 2024 is taking place March 4-7, 2024, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis, MO. Early registration is now open BUT, if you really wanna be a rock star, make sure to sign up for our ‘all access’ VIP Experience when you register. The ANTEC® VIP Experience is a complimentary upgrade to your registration that gives you rock star perks and benefits to enhance your overall ANTEC® experience. PLEASE NOTE: ANTEC® kicks off on March 4th at 4:00PM with the First Timers & VIP Reception.


ANTEC® 2024 Sponsorships Available

ANTEC® is a cross section of the plastics value chain with topics focused on the latest advances in industrial, national laboratory, and academic work. We are offering a wide range of flexible sponsorship opportunities to help you get in front of a global audience of plastics decision-makers attending ANTEC® 2024.

Looking for Flame Retardant Solutions?

SPE’s National Week of Flame Retardants, hosted by the SPE Non Halogen Flame Retardant Materials TIG, taking place online January 22-25, 2024, will feature industry leaders showcasing recent advancements in flame retardant technologies. Attendees will engage in discussions surrounding the technological and regulatory landscape of flame retardants.

What’s in Store for the Future of Rotational Molding?

Get inside information about what the future holds for rotational molding at SPE’s must-attend event, “The Future of Rotomolding: Making Our Industry Innovative & Sustainable,” hosted by the SPE Rotational Molding Division and taking place online January 30-February 1, 2024. Connect with rotational molding leaders and learn about the trends that are shaping the industry moving forward.

Graphene Enhanced Polyethylene Stretch Films Webinar

“Graphene Enhanced Polyethylene Stretch Films” webinar, presented by the Graphene Council on December 6 at 10:00AM Eastern Time, will focus on how adding small amounts of graphene to PE films makes them much stronger, allowing the ability to use less material while still improving performance. This webinar – free to SPE members – will show how the development of advanced PE films using graphene resulted in performance improvements and material savings.

Plastics Engineering to Present New Series Written by Dr. Robin Kent

Some Plastics Engineering (PE) readers will remember the ‘Energy–Saving Tip of the Month’ series by Dr. Robin Kent, Managing Director, Tangram Technology, that ran in the publication from 2009 through 2019. PE is introducing two new series written by Dr. Kent, one on sustainability and the other on energy, to provide plastics processors with tips on how to improve internal and external sustainability.

New Episode of PlastChicks Podcast Out Now

New episode of PlastChicks! Lynzie and Mercedes host Madison Kramer, a Plastics Engineering sophomore at Penn State Behrend and the first PlastChicks Scholarship Winner! You can listen to the PlastChicks podcast at 4spe.org/podcasts or on YouTube!

SPE Foundation

PlastiVan® is back in Canada!

Thanks to Husky Technologies, the PlastiVan® team served Positive Plastics Education™ to more than 300 students on “Take Our Kids to Work Day” at the Husky Bolton campus and two local schools. Check it out!

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday!

This Giving Tuesday, SPE PD3, SPE Automotive, and The Materials Group have each donated $5,000 in matching gift funds to support our NEW Girl Scout Patch! The SPE Sustainable Packaging Girl Scout Patch – a collaboration between the SPE Foundation and the Institute of Packaging Professionals – teaches Girl Scouts about sustainability and encourages them to join us as STEM professionals. Make your gift early to double your impact and help us inspire scouts to join us as we create solutions for a better future! Give.4spe.org.

SPE Chapter News

SPE Applied Rheology Division November Newsletter

The SPE Applied Rheology November Newsletter includes the division Chair’s Message, 2024 Polyolefins Conference Call for Papers, division membership report, and more.

SPE Extrusion Division Fall Newsletter

The SPE Extrusion Division Fall Newsletter looks at the extrusion formula of the month, extrusion tips, Extrusion Division scholarship winners and the division’s “Roarin’ 20s” event at ANTEC® 2024.

SPE Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division Newsletter

The SPE Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division Fall Newsletter focuses on the 2023 PMAD Scholarship, the Polymer Additives Learning Forum, and PMAD Community Communications.


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    Tuesday, December 12 | Online
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    Wednesday, January 17 | Austin, TX

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