Discover New Markets: SPI to Re-Launch Trade Missions

February 1, 2013

To help companies develop their global business strategies, SPI sponsors trade missions to overseas markets with strong prospects for U.S. plastics industry participants. Each trade mission is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the particular market, plant visits and the opportunity to meet with potential customers and business partners. In past years, SPI has sponsored successful trade missions to Brazil, China, Mexico and other overseas markets. In 2013-2014, the following trade missions have been programmed:


  • Panama City, Panama/San Jose, Costa Rica -  April 23-26, 2013
  • Santiago, Chile -  July 24-26, 2013, co-organized with Chileplast 2013 and ASIPLA
  • Mumbai, India  - December 12-16, 2013, co-organized with Plastivision India 2013 and AIPMA


  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  - March 4-6, 2014, co-organized with Plastics & Rubber Vietnam 2014 or
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  - September 3-6, 2014 co-organized with Vietnam Plas 2014
  • Seoul, South Korea  - May 27-30, 2014, co-organized with Korea Pack 2014
  • Istanbul, Turkey -  December 4-7, 2014, co-organized with Plast Eurasia 2014 and PAGDER

For more information about the upcoming trade missions, please visit the International Trade page or contact Michael Taylor by email or 202-974-5232.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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