SPE News - June 2, 2023

Plastics Engineering Highlights

The May/June issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on plastics used in building and construction, sustainability challenges, waste plastics and more.

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ANTEC® 2024

Building Blocks

Finnish firm taps plastics waste for rapid, low-cost construction of housing and commercial buildings.

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Reinforcing Concrete with Plastic Waste

CRDC Global develops RESIN8, a mixed platics waste additive that boosts concrete properties.

What's Happening Around SPE

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Upcoming SPE Workshop Troubleshoots Single-Screw Extruders

Are you responsible for end-product or working to solve problems that might not be the process or material's fault? Need to better understand troubleshooting single-screw extruders? Don’t miss this upcoming 4-part SPE Workshop, presented by Mark Spalding, Fellow, Dow, taking place online June 12, June 14, June 19, and June 22. 50% of the proceeds from Mark's workshop will be donated to the SPE Foundation's Girl Scout Polymer Science Patch program.

First SPE Workshop in Spanish: Extrusion of Thermoplastics

The first workshop presented by SPE entirely in Spanish will be Extrusion of Thermoplastics (Extrusión de Termoplástico). This 6-part series, presented online by Omar Estrada, Ph.D., CEO, sospol s.a.s., will focus on detailed extruder operations, the causes and solutions of typical problems, the fundamental role that screw design plays, and the operating conditions to produce a high-quality cast. Taking place June 26, June 27, June 28, June 29, July 5, and July 6.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

Nominations Now Open for Plastics Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Plastics Hall of Fame Class of 2024 are now being accepted. The Plastics Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime body of work of an individual whose dedication and exceptional achievements have contributed to the growth and prominence of the plastics industry on a global scale.

New Episode of the PlastChicks Podcast

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Dr. Sherrika Sanders, Senior Technical Engineer, Manner Polymers and member of the SPE DEI Advisory Board. They discuss her career journey, being one of the Hidden Figures of Dallas, developing small molecules to authenticate fuel and consumer goods, the use of PVC in building and construction, SPE Foundation's PlastiVan® program, and the importance of STEM programs in developing the next generation of scientists.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

Expand Your Knowledge of Additive Manufacturing

Are you a plastics professional looking to implement additive manufacturing/3D printing into your company’s processes? Are you in or near the Boston area? Join your plastics peers and additive manufacturing professionals at ImplementAM – taking place at the Mighty Squirrel Brewing Company on June 22 in Waltham, MA – for a day of learning, collaboration, and networking. Keynote speaker is John Hart, MIT Professor & Co-Founder of Desktop Metal and VulcanForms. Also expect educational presentations from EOS, TRUMPF, Xometry, HP, and others. Lunch and Happy Hour are included in your registration!

SPE Foundation

Celanese Partnership Boosts Student Outreach

Celanese Partnership Boosts Student Outreach

The Celanese Foundation, part of Celanese Corporation, recently granted $50,000 to fund the SPE Foundation’s work in Detroit and Dallas. This grant will be used to sponsor SPE After-School STEM Clubs, Ecotek Lab collaboration, and the PlastiVan® programming which upholds the Foundation’s three-pronged approach to enrich and develop future workforce for the plastics industry – scholarships and grants for emerging plastics professionals, equitable STEM opportunities, and the science and sustainability of plastics.

SPE Chapter News

Extrusion Division Spring Newsletter Available Now

The SPE Extrusion Division Spring Newsletter announces awards presented at ANTEC® 2023, Extrusion Presentation of the Month (Twin Screw Extruder System Design and Case Studies for PLA, PHA & TPS), book recommendations, extrusion tips, and more!


SPE News Story Ideas?

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE WORKSHOP: Troubleshooting Single-Screw Extruders Pt. I
    Begins June 12 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: Understanding Wear of Plastics
    June 13 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: A Tiered Approach for Studying Polymers in the Marine Environment – Criteria, Best Practices and Test Methods
    June 21 | Online

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