SPE News - May 17, 2024

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SPE Workshop: Fundamentals of Plastic Material Selection Next Week!

Are your plastic products hitting snag after snag because you picked the wrong material? It happens more often than you think—a whopping 45% of plastic product failures are due to incorrect or just plain bad material choices! SPE's game-changing 4-part workshop, Fundamentals of Plastic Material Selection, presented by Eric Larson, Owner & Founder of Art of Mass Production, is taking place NEXT WEEK, May 20th, May 21st, May 22nd, and May 24th. Whether you're lost in the plastic material maze, looking to boost your product's performance, or ready to handle material selection instead of relying on what suppliers say, this workshop is for you! Note: Recordings will be available after each session. Register today!

Introducing the New SPE LinkedIn Newsletter, Problem Solved

Every month on LinkedIn, SPE will tackle plastics issues or problems you're facing. Tap into our network of experts for all the details you need to smash through those roadblocks like a pro. Read and subscribe on LinkedIn!

SPE's PFAS in the Plastics Industry 2024 Call for Speakers

Regulations are transforming the plastics industry, and PFAS substances are at the center of the discussion. We Need Your Expertise! SPE's Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Plastics Industry 2024, taking place Oct. 29-30 in Baltimore, MD, is focused on the potential liabilities associated with PFAS, and how to minimize risks and costs through the use of PFAS-free materials. We are looking for speakers with expertise to present on the following topics: Advances in PFAS Regulations; PFAS Challenges in Your Industrial Sector; PFAS-Free Alternatives; Advancing Technological Solutions. Abstract submission deadline is June 21, 2024. Submit your abstract now.

Industry Experts Lead Panel Discussion On Additive Manufacturing

Looking for game-changing Additive Manufacturing (AM) materials for Aerospace and Defense (AeroDef) applications? Save the date for SPE's online Between the Layers: Panel Discussion - Additive Manufacturing Materials and Innovations for Aerospace & Defense, taking place June 7, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Panel includes industry leaders who are driving AM applications for AeroDef to new levels. Explore the latest materials and innovations and stay ahead of the curve. No charge to attend but registration is required. Register now!

Have You Checked Out SPE Communities?

SPE Communities are where you can participate in conversations and engage in technical and non-technical discussions. Communities are an ideal way to stay connected with your plastics friends to collaborate, share advice, find solutions, and build relationships. Get in on the discussions or start a conversation today!

New Episode of PlastChicks® Podcast Out Now

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Wendy Hoenig, CEO at H & H Business Development, 2024 inductee into the Plastics Hall of Fame, and 2018 Women Breaking the Mold award winner. They discuss her work at Dow, product incubation, emerging trends in the plastics industry, giving back to the next generation of plastics professionals, providing technology and business assessments of start-ups, advice for people transitioning to an entrepreneurial role or start-up from a corporate role, and keeping students interested and engaged in science. You can listen to the PlastChicks® podcast at 4spe.org/podcasts or on YouTube!

SPE Foundation

Blow Molding Division Scholarship Applications Accepted Until May 31

Applications for the Blow Molding Division's three scholarships are still being accepted until May 31! Do you know an undergraduate student interested in blow molding or with internship experience at a company involved in blow molding or its related services? Encourage them to apply for these generous awards!

Vitale Unveils New SPE Foundation Girl Scout Patch at NPE

Eve Vitale, Chief Executive of the SPE Foundation, delivered a presentation at the Women in Plastics Breakfast during NPE, unveiling the new Sustainable Packaging Girl Scout Patch. With 500+ attendees, the event generated immense enthusiasm for our patch, aimed at educating and inspiring young girls to join us in our sustainability efforts. The sold-out event united female plastics professionals, empowering them to unapologetically leverage their full talents to serve our industry.

The SPE Foundation Enjoyed a Week of Networking at NPE2024

Our booth was buzzing with industry professionals eager to engage with and learn more about our Positive Plastics Education programs. We shared fun PlastiVan activities, unveiled our newest Sustainable Packaging Girl Scout patch, met a few scholarship recipients, and were able to thank many of our supporters in person. If you'd like to be part of the change, find out more about our programs at www.spefoundation.org.

SPE Chapter News

SPE Composites Division Newsletter Available

SPE’s Composites Division newsletter, Composites Connection (Summer edition), includes Chairman’s message, ACCE info, and the division's membership report.

2024 SPE TPO Automotive Scholarship Application Now Available

SPE’s Polymer and Additives Division newsletter, Polymer Additives & Additives News, includes industry and division news, 2024 Polyolefins Conference, polymer additives learning forum, community communication, and more.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • SPE Workshop: Flexible Packaging Fundamentals: Design for Sustainability
    Begins May 13 | Online
  • SPE WORKSHOP: Fundamentals of Plastic Material Selection
    Begins May 20 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Thermal Analysis in Failure and Compositional Analysis
    May 23 | Online
  • SPE WORKSHOP: Thermoplastic Elastomers - From Fundamental Insights to Contemporary Technologies: Stimuli-Responsive and Functional TPEs
    Begins May 28 | Online
  • Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics
    Begins June 3 | Online

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