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NPE2021’s 13 Technology Zones Highlight Some of the Plastics Industry’s Most Important Business Sectors

NPE’s 13 Technology Zones cover some of the industry’s most critical sectors and feature the insights, solutions, and services that are key to strengthening any supply chain. The zones consolidate their individual sectors’ most cutting-edge advancements, tools, materials, and processes in one central location, offering a first-hand preview of the technologies that will help move the industry forward.

Another Year of Trade Surplus for the U.S. Plastics Industry

PLASTICS released its annual Global Trends report at the 2020 Global Plastics Summit.

NPE2021 is On!

The industry’s most important show will bring the plastics community together May 17–21, 2021 in Orlando, Fla. to discover the latest technologies, materials, and processes that are revolutionizing healthcare, packaging, consumer products, transportation, and sustainable manufacturing.

U.S. Senators to Speak at GPS Online October 21–23

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and IHS Markit are pleased to announce the addition of Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) to the world-class speaker line-up at this year’s Global Plastics Summit (GPS).

The Future on Full Display

NPE® provides a global platform for technological ingenuity and innovation in the plastics industry—automation, robots, cobots, end-of-arm tooling, three- and four-dimensional printing, mold components, industrial polymers, and anything else you can imagine. Register today at NPE.org and discover the future of plastics.

2020 Size & Impact Report: Growth in the Plastics Industry

The 2020 Size & Impact Report indicates that the U.S. plastics industry not only remains one of the economy’s largest sectors, but also that it continued to grow in 2019. According to the report, the U.S. plastics industry accounted for an estimated $432 billion in shipments and 1,003,000 jobs last year.

NPE2021 Update and Message From Tony Radoszewski

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO, Tony Radoszewski, addresses the industry’s strength and resiliency during COVID-19 and the technological innovations that will transform tomorrow at NPE2021.

Commodity Resins

My NPE: Highlights of the Polyethylene Industry

Nick Vafiadis with IHS Markit shares how the polyethylene industry is growing both globally and in the U.S.

GPS 2020 Keynote Just Announced!

GPS Online—Oct. 21-23—will feature high-level strategic discussions for the most innovative consumer brands and their suppliers. Join Emma Lewis, General Manager for Shell Polymers and Global Chemicals Strategy, for an inspiring keynote as she discusses “Why the Disrupted Must Now Become the Disruptor.”

Injection Molding

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Members Lead Years of Industry Collaboration to Create First-Ever Global Machine Safety Standard

Experts from Zeiger Industries, Milacron, Arburg, and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) played an integral role in developing the first international safety standard for plastics and rubber machinery. After years of collaboration, 40 industry experts from 13 countries developed this new global industry standard.

Addressing Public Misconceptions of Plastics

Jim Callari from Plastics Technology and Don Loepp from Plastics News discuss some of the challenges facing the plastics industry and what steps are being take to address these issues.

Expand Your Horizons and Network With Decision Makers from Around the Globe at GPS Virtually

This year, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and IHS Markit have combined the Global Plastics Summit with PLASTICS’ existing North American Flexible Film & Bag and Rigid Packaging signature events into one cross-industry gathering. This change will provide plastic processors and convertors, brand owners, and material and equipment suppliers the opportunity to expand their horizons and get at the root of what they do best—innovate.

NPE2021 to Transform Tomorrow as Registration Opens in July

Now, as we head into summer, our businesses and events continue to pivot, addressing this ever-changing landscape of the ‘new normal’. NPE2021 will be the place to not only celebrate our contributions to the world’s recovery, but also to see what’s coming from companies across the industry.

Future Leaders in Plastics: The Plastics Industry Provides Solutions

Jon Smalling, the southeast regional sales manager for SEPRO Group, found a job in the plastics industry to, in his words, “improve his quality of life,” but unknowingly, that job would provide him with a career that would change his life.

PLASTICS President and CEO Tony Radoszewski Pens Letter to Congress

PLASTICS President and CEO Tony Radoszewski recently wrote a letter to all members of the United States Congress in both the House and Senate underscoring the amazing efforts our industry has undertaken during these unprecedented times.

NPE Network Video: From Landfill to New Materials

Chris Surbrook from Midland Compounding & Consulting shares benefits of sustainability.

The State of Florida and Orange County Move into Phase I of Reopening

As the country begins to reopen for business, I wanted to take a moment to update you on the progress Orlando, our NPE venue—the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)—and the trade show industry have been making over the past couple of weeks.

The Purpose of Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastic products are used in the medical industry to prevent the spread of infection. READ

NPE Network Video: Polyurethane Technology in Shoes

Susan Jackson of BASF Corporation discusses power of plastic materials in athletic shoes. WATCH

NPE2021: COVID-19 Update

PLASTICS addresses COVID-19 and NPE2021 and provides resources for the NPE community.

Medical

Plastics Machinery Shipments Finish 2019 Down Compared to 2018

A surge in the final quarter of 2019 could not salvage a weaker overall performance for North American plastics machinery and equipment sales compared to 2018.

Coronavirus and the U.S. Plastics Industry Supply Chain

While we cannot confirm today that the coronavirus has already impacted the U.S. plastics industry supply chain, it is reasonable to expect that if the coronavirus crisis in China continues and escalates, it will negatively impact the U.S. plastics industry. For business continuity reasons, U.S. plastics companies need to look at their current supply chain involving China and—as a precautionary measure—examine alternative supply sources.

Take Action for Plastics

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Post-Consumer Recycling

Check Out the Game-Changing Technologies Recognized by the Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards

Learn about the award-winning material, design and end-of-life technologies from Vartega, Accredo Packaging and Eastman, respectively.