SPE News - September 23, 2022

Plastics Engineering

The September issue of Plastics Engineering looks at ANTEC® 2022, graphene, vinyl, process efficiencies, and much more! SPE News highlights some of the stories from the September edition of Plastics Engineering.

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Plastics Engineering Highlights

K 2022 Eyes Societal Needs

The giant trade fair emphasizing climate protection and the circular economy as well as new products.

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Sure Shots

Innovations in injection molding technology yield greater control over materials selection and part quality.

All Onboard

ReFocus summit highlights industry efforts to increase recycling and sustainability.

What's Happening Around SPE

Plastics Engineering Wins Folio Awards

SPE’s Plastics Engineering (PE) magazine was recently awarded two EDDIEs from Folio magazine. The first was awarded for Robert Grace’s June 2021 feature, "Overcoming Gender Bias in Design." The article was recognized in the category “Single Article/Association, Non-profit, Professional, Membership Association.” The second EDDIE was an Honorable Mention in the category “Range of Work by a Single Author, Association, Non-profit.” The work submitted featured six articles by Grace that emphasized the importance of educating technically sophisticated engineers and others about the importance of design in product development, as well as in market trends and emerging material and process developments.

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. 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.

SPE Announces Alformet as Preferred Partner

SPE recently announced Alformet as a SPE Preferred Partner. Alformet specializes in an additive manufacturing process which uses laser radiation as a heat source for welding continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFR TP) pre-impregnated material, commonly known as UD-tapes.

Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics, powered by SPE

If you are considering moving into a leadership role, either to manage people or projects, now may be the perfect time. But are you prepared to make the move? 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 newly launched Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics program. Essentials of Management & Leadership in Plastics is a six-month, cohort-based, virtual program, with the inaugural session running from October 2022 through March 2023. The program is designed to prepare early to mid-level career professionals to become leaders at their companies and in the plastics industry. The program will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Skidmore, a leadership doctor and experience strategic consultant.

SPE Foundation

SPE Foundation and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Present “Color Your World With Science”

The SPE Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas have created an exciting new program to help girls understand the importance of plastics in our modern lifestyle. Scouts will be inspired to become engineers and scientists and to help solve problems and create innovative materials and products to make the world a better place. This kick-off event will provide Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn the newly released SPE Polymer Science Patch (www.4spe.org/scoutpatch), achieving a STEM seal of approval. Color Your World with Science, a science and engineering event, is taking place at the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, Dallas, TX, on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am – 5:00pm CT.

SPE Foundation Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The SPE Foundation is pleased to announce their scholarship recipients for 2022. Each recipient has demonstrated or expressed an interest in the plastics industry and all are majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in plastics. Altogether, the SPE Foundation helped award 77 scholarships totaling $191,875 to 51 students for 2022.

New Podcast Episodes

Plastics & Beyond Podcast - Ep. 4 - Jon Ratzlaff, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

On this episode of the Plastics & Beyond Podcast, Lilian Judy hosts Jon Ratzlaff, Technical Services Manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, live at ANTEC® 2022. They discuss millennials in the plastics job market, finding a job that fits your personality, approaches to diverse hiring with a broad view of diversity, the challenges of finding diverse candidates for job openings, the benefits of diversity, and Chevron Phillips' approach to diversity.

SPE News Story Ideas?

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE Vinyltec® 2022
    September 27-29 | King of Prussia, PA
  • SPE Decorating and Coatings Division Topical Conference
    September 27-29 | Ypsilanti, MI
  • WEBINAR: Navigating Plastic Material Selection
    September 29 | Virtual Event
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    October 2 | Troy, MI
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    October 5 | Virtual Event

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