News Releases

2014

  • SPI Announces December Trade Mission to Istanbul, in Conjunction with Plast Eurasia 2014 — October 21, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association Tuesday invited all companies throughout the plastics supply chain to travel to Istanbul for the association’s next trade mission in December.
  • SPI Expands NPE3D™ Pavilion at NPE2015 as 18 Companies Sign on to Display Technologies for 3D Printing — October 20, 2014
    With eighteen companies already planning to exhibit in the NPE3D™ pavilion at NPE2015, show management has expanded this special section of the show floor dedicated to technology for 3D printing, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.
  • SPI and JASON Learning Launch “Think Outside the Bag!” Plastic Film Recycling Contest — October 20, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and JASON Learning launched the 2014 “Think Outside the Bag!” plastic film recycling contest Wednesday. Sponsored by SPI’s Flexible Film and Bag Division (FFBD), with support from plastic bag manufacturer and recycler Hilex Poly, and JASON Learning, a nonprofit organization managed by Sea Research Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the “Think Outside the Bag!” contest will ask students to come up with a creative campaign to increase recycling of flexible plastic films, like dry cleaner bags, product wrapping and even traditional plastic grocery bags.
  • Statement of SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux in Support of APBA Referendum to Repeal California SB 270 — October 7, 2014
    California recently enacted SB 270, the nation’s only statewide plastic bag ban. SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association always has and always will advocate for science and fact-based legislation, but SB 270 does not fit this description.
  • SPI Continues Pursuit of Zero Waste with Launch of Capital Asset Management Services — September 17, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) partnered with long-standing member company, Meadoworks, Wednesday to launch Capital Asset Management Services, a new program to support the plastics industry’s goal of eliminating waste while bringing new life to existing resources. By partnering with Meadoworks, a global leader in the selling of used plastics machinery, SPI is now able to deliver a single platform where manufacturers can appraise their assets, dismantle and remove obsolete equipment, and even find a new home for used equipment.
  • SPI and Tooling U-SME Launch PlasticsU to Provide Online Machinery Training for Production Workers — September 15, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and Tooling U-SME, a leader in providing workforce development and training to the manufacturing industry, announced Monday the launch of a new online training program aimed at closing the manufacturing skills gap in the plastics industry. Administered by Tooling U-SME, PlasticsU will serve the plastics industry by providing formal online training tailored specifically for the industry’s challenges and needs.
  • SPI to Honor 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award Winner at NPE2015 — September 15, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the SPI Bioplastics Council announced Monday that NPE2015, in addition to being the premier event of the entire plastics industry, will also host, for the first time, the winner of the 2015 Innovation in Bioplastics Award.
  • Strong Gain for Plastics Machinery Shipments in Q2 — September 15, 2014
    The accelerating momentum in plastics machinery demand that emerged in the second half of 2013 was sustained through the first half of this year, according to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES) of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
  • SPI Calls for Reform in Wake of NAM Report on Manufacturing Industry’s Regulatory Burden — September 10, 2014
    SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association called on officials across the U.S. to reform the nation’s outdated regulatory system Wednesday after the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a report, titled “The Cost of Federal Regulation to the U.S. Economy, Manufacturing and Small Business,” that details the disproportionately high regulatory cost that American manufacturers pay in comparison to their non-manufacturing counterparts.
  • SPI Opens Third-Annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award Competition — September 2, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the SPI Bioplastics Council announced Tuesday the opening of the third-annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award competition. As in the previous two contests, the competition is open to any corporation, partnership or other business entity worldwide and seeks to acknowledge one creative, state-of-the-art innovation that represents the height of innovation in the bioplastics industry.
  • Former Husky VP Michael Urquhart Joins NPE2015 Sales Team — August 27, 2014
    Michael Urquhart will work in cooperation with Gunther Hoyt Associates, a key international sales agent for NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE shows. NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, FL, U.S.A.
  • SPI Invites Students to Imagine the Future of Plastics in 2014 Student Video Competition — August 27, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and SPI’s Future of Plastics Foundation announced the official opening of the plastics industry’s 2014 Student Video Contest Wednesday. This year’s theme is “Innovating in the 21st Century” and asks graduate and undergraduate students, as teams and/or as individuals, to submit 2-4 minute videos that explore the future of plastics in the realms of innovation, design freedom and the economics of plastics.
  • SPI Recycling Expert Named Rising Star by Plastics News — August 12, 2014
    Kim Holmes, SPI's director of recycling and diversion, has been named a “Rising Star” by Plastics News, a leading voice in the plastics industry. Holmes, who joined SPI full-time in the fall of 2013, is responsible for leading the Recycling Committee and advising senior leadership and staff on policy, trends and other issues associated with sustainability.
  • SPI Hires Established Advocate to Fill Regulatory/Science Role — July 7, 2014
    Robert F. Helminiak, a highly accomplished government relations expert, joined SPI's advocacy team as vice president of science and regulatory affairs.
  • SPI Joins Recycling Partnership as Inaugural Member — July 1, 2014
    SPI is an inaugural member of The Recycling Partnership, a grant fund established by the Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) as a vehicle to support and transform public recycling performance.
  • New Trade Magazine Will Serve the Plastics Machinery and Equipment Markets — June 26, 2014
    A new trade publication covering innovation and new equipment for the plastics processing industry will debut in both print and digital format November 2014, announced SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
  • EUROMAP, SPI Sign Declaration of Intent on Free Trade For Plastics Machinery — June 23, 2014
    The umbrella associations EUROMAP (European Plastics and Rubber Machinery) and SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (United States) have signed a declaration of intent on free trade within the plastics machinery industry to strengthen their competitive position in the global marketplace thereby helping to safeguard the industry’s 65,000 jobs.
  • NPE2015 'Zero Waste Zone' Will Bring to Life the Plastics Industry's Mission to Advance Recycling and Sustainability — June 11, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association will dedicate a special sector of the exhibit floor at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase to serve as a “Zero Waste Zone” focusing on the industry mandate to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics. Produced by SPI, NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015.
  • How2Recycle Labeling Scheme, Resin ID Codes De-Mystified on SPI Webinars — June 2, 2014
    SPI’s Recycling Committee will host two industry webinars in June to explore the latest material selection trends affecting the entire packaging supply chain: How2Recycle labeling and re-engineering of the long-standing Resin Identification Code (RIC) system.
  • Plastics Machinery Shipments Off to a Good Start in Q1 — May 27, 2014
    Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and thermoforming equipment) recorded another quarter of solid growth in the first quarter of 2014.
  • AMERICAN PROGRESSIVE BAG ALLIANCE LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN IN OPPOSITION TO SENATE BILL 270 — May 14, 2014
    SACRAMENTO – The American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) today announced it is launching of a series of advertisements calling on Californians to urge their state legislators to reject SB 270 (Padilla), which would ban 100 percent recyclable, multi-use plastic retail bags and mandate grocers to charge customers a minimum of 10 cents for paper and thicker gauge plastic bags.
  • Plastics Industry Lauds House for R&D Tax Credit Permanent Extension — May 9, 2014
    SPI supports the U.S. House of Representative’s decision to permanently extend the research and development (R&D) tax credit.
  • Teknor Apex Wins SPI’s 2014 Innovation in Bioplastics Award — May 6, 2014
    SPI's Bioplastics Council will present the second annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award to Teknor Apex for the development of Terraloy® PLA compounds which exhibit both high impact and heat resistant properties.
  • Chicago’s Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs — April 30, 2014
    The Chicago City Council’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags will damage the plastics manufacturing industry’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain American manufacturing jobs, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
  • Kureha America’s Fred Daniell Chairs New SPI Board of Directors — April 16, 2014
    Fred Daniell’s advancement to the chairmanship comes with new priorities for the SPI Board, chiefly to provide guidance to its members on recent health care changes.
  • NPE2015 to Showcase High-End Recycled Products — April 15, 2014
    Plastics manufacturers that transform recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, Fla.
  • SPI Announces SPI HealthLink: A Health Care Private Exchange for the Plastics Industry — April 10, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association today announced a new health care private exchange for the exclusive benefit of its members.
  • New and Revised ANSI/SPI Plastics Machinery Safety Standards Available — March 27, 2014
    SPI and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) today announced the publication of two recently revised American National Standards and a new American National Standard on plastics machinery safety.
  • SPI Issues Call for Presentations for the 'Business of Plastics' Conference to be Held at NPE2015 — March 24, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association is accepting presentation and speaker proposals for the Business of Plastics Conference, an educational program on advanced technologies and pressing business issues that will take place during the NPE2015 international plastics exposition.
  • Plastics Machinery Shipments Stay Strong in Q4 — March 21, 2014
    Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4 2013, a 3 percent gain compared to Q3 2013.
  • SPI Accepting Nominations for Living Persons to be Inducted into Plastics Hall of Fame — March 20, 2014
    Nominations are now open for living individuals to be inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association said today. To be eligible, nominations must be submitted no later than Sept. 26, 2014.
  • Six Plastics Innovators Honored Posthumously at ANTEC2014 Plastics Hall of Fame Induction — March 19, 2014
    Six nominees will be inducted into the 2014 Posthumous Plastics Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony April 28-30 in Las Vegas.
  • SPI Appoints Commercial Plastics Recycling as Official Recycler for NPE2015 — March 18, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has appointed Commercial Plastics Recycling (CPR) as the official recycling company for the NPE2015 international plastics exposition, it was announced today by Lori Campbell, SPI’s director of trade show operations.
  • Canadian Plastics Industry Association Joins SPI’s Efforts to Recycle — March 10, 2014
    The Recycling Committee of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association said today the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) joined SPI’s effort to purse zero waste by participating in RecyclePlastics365.org, a recycling marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of scrap plastic materials and recycling services.
  • U.S. Plastics Manufacturing Continues Positive Growth — January 29, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which represents the nation’s third largest manufacturing industry, supports President Obama’s efforts to create jobs and strengthen the middle class by expanding the economy and negotiating sensible trade agreements. An in-depth data analysis of the plastics industry’s 2012 performance globally and in the U.S. is detailed in the newly released reports titled, “The Definition, Size and Impact of the U.S. Plastics Industry,” and “Global Business Trends, Partners, Hot Products.”
  • Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise Sharply in Q3 — January 27, 2014
    Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blow molding, and thermoforming equipment) improved smartly in the third quarter of 2013. According to statistics compiled and reported by the Committee on Equipment Statistics of the Society of the Plastics Industry, shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $3276 million in Q3.
  • SPI Announces ‘NPE3D,’ A New Annual Event to Debut at NPE2015 — January 21, 2014
    A technology for producing three-dimensional prototypes, mold components, and even finished parts direct from digital files will be the focus of a new annual exhibition called NPE3D: The Manufacturing Industry’s Global 3D Conference and Solutions Fair, it was announced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
  • Plastics Machinery Safety Standards Updates: ANSI/SPI B151.20 and ANSI/SPI B151.27 — January 16, 2014
    SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are pleased to announce the publication of two recently revised and approved American National Standards on plastics machinery safety.
  • Reflecting Industry Strength, A Surge of Companies Has Applied For Next Month's Drawing For NPE2015 Exhibit Space — January 14, 2014
    The number of exhibiting companies that will gather in Orlando, Florida next month to select booths for the NPE2015 plastics exposition will far exceed the total at the drawing for NPE2012, and these firms are expected to commit to over 15% more space than what was secured for the 2012 Space Draw, according to projections by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

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