SPI Helps UMass Lowell Secure Equipment For Recycling Lab
Donations enable the university to offer education in plastics recycling.
SPI (The Plastics Industry Trade Association, Washington, DC) has helped obtain equipment for the UMass Lowell Plastics Sustainability Research Lab that will be used for studying plastics recycling and sustainability.
“The willingness of SPI member companies to contribute to the UMass Lowell Plastics Sustainability Research Lab is testament to the industry’s support of education and the future of the plastics manufacturing industry,” said Bill Carteaux, SPI president and CEO.
“Because of the lab, students who study at UMass Lowell will not only receive a world-class education in prime plastics, but will become versed in the technologies and processes related to recycled plastics. UMass Lowell’s effort to add the lab to its curriculum and research capabilities demonstrates that the university is truly ahead of the curve in plastics engineering education and sustainability,” Carteaux said. “I hope this success encourages other member companies to consider similar partnerships with our nations educational system.”
Robert Malloy, chairman of the UMass Lowell Plastics Engineering Department, said that industry partnerships are critical to plastics engineering programs.
“As educators, we rely on industry to provide advice and guidance to help ensure that our program remains relevant and produces the necessary supply of trained plastics engineers. We could not do this effectively without the generous support of the plastics industry,” Malloy said.
SPI members have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in recycled materials handling and reprocessing equipment and instrumentation. The effort to secure the necessary equipment critical for plastics recycling is ongoing.
Jim Holbrook, president of the ACS Group, stated that although he is relatively new to the plastics industry, he is a strong proponent of recycling and sustainability. Holbrook said, “ACS Group is a leader in the auxiliaries market for plastics processing equipment and is very pleased to be able to donate five different pieces of equipment for the Sustainability Research Lab at UMass Lowell, both for the advancement of the state of the art in plastics recycling technology and for the training of the next generation of plastics industry leaders.”
In addition to the ACS Group, which donated $40,000 in equipment under its AEC, Cumberland, Sterling and Carver brands, other companies that donated equipment include Bay Plastics Machinery, Hi-Tech, Davis-Standard, Dynisco and Thermo Scientific.
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