SPE News - May 5, 2023

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Empowering Solutions

Sustainability is a Major Topic at SPE European Conference

Experts gather in Brussels to discuss developments in additives, pigments, dyes, and masterbatches.

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Opportunity-Rich Environment

SPE’s Thermoset Topcon Conference will showcase developments and examine ways to grow the industry. The event has been designed to highlight how thermoset technology can improve products and develop business. Taking place May 9-10 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI.

What's Happening Around SPE

Online SPE Technical Programs Available Now

SPE offers a range of online educational technical workshops and webinars to help Plastics Professionals gain deeper understanding of plastics technologies and applications. Hour-long Webinars are dedicated to specific plastics applications. Online Workshops, which are four-day, approximately hour-long sessions, encourage attendee participation and interaction, focusing on in-depth processes from single-screw extrusion, artificial intelligence, patent law, and eco-design in plastic packaging. Check out our whole catalog of webinars and workshops today!

Keynotes Announced for FlexPackCon® 2023

Keynote speakers have been announced for FlexPackCon® 2023, presented by the SPE Flexible Packaging Division and taking place October 10-12 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Quebec. Speakers include Anne-Marie Boulay, Professor, Polytechnique Montreal, and Director, International Life Cycle Consortium, CIRAIG; Barry Morris, Ph.D., R&D Fellow (Retired), Dow; Eadaoin Quinn, Sustainable Packaging Senior Manager, Americas, Mars, Incorporated; and Pak Meng Chem, Ph.D., Sr. Principal Scientist, Global R&D Foods Packaging – Sustainable Materials Commercialization, PepsiCo.

Thank you SPE ANTEC® 2023 Sponsors!

SPE would like to thank the following sponsors for their incredible support of ANTEC® 2023. Theme Sponsor: 3Dnatives; Welcome Reception & Commercial Sponsor: Brabender; Session Sponsor: iMFLUX; Session Break Sponsors: Exponent and Netzsch; Logo Sponsor: Technoval; Student Poster Lunch Sponsors: CJ Biomaterials and SPE Bioplastics & Renewable Technologies; Additional Sponsor: Bruker.


Macro Names David Anzini Southeast Tech Sales Manager

Film and sheet equipment supplier Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. has named David Anzini technical sales manager for Southeast U.S. Anzini has more than 40 years of experience in the extrusion industry and has worked on the processing side of the business. David holds multiple patents and has several patent applications pending. He has served on the SPE Extrusion Division Board of Directors and served as SPE’s ANTEC® Technical Chair for the years 2021 and 2022. David was named an SPE Honored Service Member in 2022.

New Episode of PlastChicks Podcast

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Rashed Islam, Head of Product Integrity at Lyft - Transit, Bikes, and Scooters. They discuss his journey in his product integrity career, working at Google and Lyft, the challenges of implementing recycled plastics in products, sustainable transportation design, eStation strategies, the Lyft Micromobility Lab, and testing for different environments and conditions. Listen at 4spe.org/podcasts, or on YouTube!

SPE Foundation

BASF Hosts SPE Junior Researchers with STEM Aspirations

BASF recently hosted students from the SPE Junior Researchers Program along with other students in the community for hands-on learning experiences in the labs at the BASF site in Wyandott, MI. In 2022, BASF partnered with the SPE Foundation and Ecotek Lab in Detroit, MI, to collaborate on the SPE Junior Researcher Program. The students perform applied research or investigation into polymer science or plastics engineering at the BASF lab.

Jonathan Meckley Memorial Scholarship

Jonathan Meckley was a veteran, student, professor, prankster, and a life-long learner. In his many years of teaching, he molded students as well as plastics. We invite you to support the Jonathon Memorial Scholarship that will benefit Penn State Behrend Plastics students in perpetuity. Jon was a proud member of Penn State, the Plastics Alumni and SPE, and we feel this scholarship will honor him accordingly.

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE WEBINAR: Basic Rubber Technology
    May 16 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Real-Time Process Optimization with In-Mold Sensors and Machine Learning
    May 25 | Online
  • SPE WORKSHOP: Troubleshooting Single-Screw Extruders Pt. I
    Begins June 12 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Understanding Wear of Plastics
    June 13 | Online

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