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Five skills gap related announcements in one day point to an industry ready to address a pressing problem.
As of this writing, you have 265 days until NPE2015 gets underway on March 23 in Orlando. Whether or not you think that’s still a lot of time, you might as well check one item off your NPE to-do list: lodging.
Deliveries of plastics machinery and equipment in the U.S. climbed 11% in the first quarter, a show of strength in a weakening global market.
By various metrics, all three shows are growing, but which one is the biggest?
Giant plastics show will emphasize sustainability in various forms.
Injection molders primarily sell machine time, with some dabbling in part sales via proprietary products, but how about molders selling molding machines?
Shipment of plastics equipment in the third quarter of 2013 jumped 20%, according to SPI data, reflecting gains seen the world over.
Advances in technology, particularly controls, have prompted SPI to update some machinery safety standards.
Can polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoforms enjoy the same recycling rates as their bottle brethren? Increasing thermoformed packaging reclaim, and that of other rigid plastics, will likely just be one goal of a new collaboration between SPI and ACC.
Plastics processors are discovering two employee training programs initiated this year that offer instruction in a “virtual” space, where the student can interact with the instructor and course materials via a satellite dish or the internet.
The next NPE international plastics exposition will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Last month, the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Washington, D.C., launched the Bioplastics Council to provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, processors, and equipment makers to promote the development of bioplastics.
On May 1, the Society of the Plastics Industry, Washington, D.C., started up its new online Plastics Industry Career Center at www.myplasticsindustry.com.
Last month, the Society of the Plastics Industry, Washington, D.C., alerted members to two new occupational safety initiatives by federal agencies.
Three recent announcements herald new cooperative efforts among plastics groups for education and workforce development. --The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Washington, D.C., and international custom molder Nypro Inc., Clinton, Mass., will collaborate on workforce development.
The Structural Plastics Div. of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), Washington, D.C., has changed its name to the Alliance of Plastics Processors (APP). “Changing our name will better serve our members by broadening the scope of our division, providing more access to technology and other resources beyond the Structural Plastics Div., and opening our group to collaboration with other organizations that can share skills, knowledge, and leadership training,” said Allen Weidman, executive director of the Alliance.