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1/5/2015 | 2 MINUTE READ

NPE2015 Adds Two More Events to Expanding Conference Slate

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A breakfast briefing on key markets and plastics design panel discussions, which are free to attendees, join four multi-day, paid conferences on a range of technical and business topics at NPE2015.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, organizer of NPE2015 (March 23-27, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando) announced the newest events on Jan. 5. These include an SPI/IHS Key Market Breakfast Briefing on March 24 and Panel Discussions on Plastics Design, which will be held on the morning of March 26.


The SPI/IHS Key Market Breakfast Briefing will include insights on the economy, energy, feedstocks, and polymers. A presentation by Wal-Mart called “America Makes,” based on the renaissance of manufacturing in North America, will be part of this program.


The two plastics design panel discussions will be organized by Robert Grace, former editorial director and associate publisher of Plastics News. The first session, entitled “Designing the Future: How Materials Can Change the World,” will be moderated by Gaylon White, consultant and former director of design programs at Eastman Chemical. The second session—“Bridging the Communications Gap: How to ‘Talk Designer’”—will be moderated by Grace.


These new offerings join existing concurrent events coming to Orlando in March along with NPE2015.


SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference. Running from March 23 through March 25, the Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations in nine topic areas. Fees for early bird registration, which ends on January 15, are $245 for SPI members and $300 for nonmembers; afterward, online registration fees are $295 and $350, respectively. On-site registration costs $345 and $400.


SPE ANTEC Orlando 2015. Produced by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), the annual ANTEC is the world’s largest plastics technical conference, with hundreds of original, peer-reviewed technical papers and will run from March 23 through March 25. Fees are charged for either a single day ($595 for SPE members / $695 for nonmembers) or the full conference ($745 / $895).


Trends, Opportunities and Technologies in the Business of Plastics. The Spanish-language seminar will be produced by CarvajalMedios B2B, a media partner of NPE2015 and publisher of Tecnologia del Plastico and El Empaque magazines. There will be three half-day session tracks on March 24 and 25. Until January 15, 2015, fees are $150 for one session, $270 for two, and $330 for three. After that date, the fees are $180, $330, and $410, respectively.


IDSA Southern District Design Conference. The Industrial Designers Society of America will host this conference on March 26 and 27 for design professionals, students, educators and business professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts, explore how design is changing to meet expanding demands, and see how design is key in the creation of end user products in the plastics industry and its vertical markets.


Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences, stressed in a release the breadth and depth of topics to be covered during the concurrent events at NPE2015, noting there will be hundreds of individual presentations, discussions, and seminars. According to Sanders, the range of content will “enable attendees from every sector of the plastics value chain--processors, suppliers, designers, toolmakers, OEMs, and brand owners—to find something of real interest and value.”


All paid conferences also include access to the NPE2015 exhibit floor throughout show week.