Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers 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."

Plastics Machinery Shipments Continued to Rise in Q3
November 25, 2014
“The market conditions that drive investment in new industrial equipment have prevailed throughout all of 2014, and I expect these conditions to persist in 2015. These are: low interest rates, and the need for increased productivity in order to meet rising aggregate demand," according to Bill Wood, the plastics market economist who analyzes and reports on the plastics machinery market sector for the CES.

SPI Business Benefits Partner Black Line Group Offers Plastics Processors, Toolmakers Help with R&D Tax Credit
November 24, 2014
According to an article in Plastics Machinery Magazine, featuring contributions from SPI Business Benefits Partner Black Line Group, a majority of plastics processors and toolmakers probably send the internal Revenue Service (IRS) too much in tax money each year by not taking advantage of the R&D Tax Credit.

CalRecycle Seeks Feedback on “75% Initiative” Proposals at Recent Packaging Workshop
November 21, 2014
California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) hosted a Packaging Workshop on Nov. 13 in Sacramento. While the agency didn’t reveal any specific policy actions that it planned to take in pursuit of the state’s “75% Initiative,” the goal of which is make 75 percent of California’s solid waste source-reduced, recycled or composted by 2020, CalRecycle did discuss the state of California’s packaging landscape and the state’s waste management infrastructure.

Fall FDCPMC Food Packaging Summit Hits the Big Easy, Committee Meeting Sets Records
November 21, 2014
Major university scientists, industry representatives and senior Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff were just some of the people who traveled to New Orleans last week for this year’s Food Packaging Summit, hosted by SPI’s Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Packaging Materials Committee (FDCPMC).

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline by One Vote
November 21, 2014
Legislation that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. The proposal fell on a 59-41 vote, one vote short of the 60 votes needed to pass.

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The association is structured to meet the diverse needs of the entire plastics industry.  As SPI prepares for the future, member engagement in formulating strategy, developing priorities and supplying expertise is critical to our success.  From the Executive Board to our three sector Councils (Equipment, Material Suppliers and Processors) and the variety of product/policy committees and self-funded groups, there is a strong foundation already in place to build SPI's new business blueprint.  

SPI regularly seeks skilled professionals in a variety of disciplines to develop, manage, and support our programs and initiatives. SPI is an equal opportunity employer. If you are interested in joining our dynamic trade association, please review our current vacancies.

Assistant Director, Regulatory and Technical Affairs
Under the direction of the Senior Technical Director, responsible for direction and management of the SPI Bioplastics Council and Organic Peroxide Producers Safety Division (OPPSD) and corresponding activities to achieve their goals and objectives, while concurrently supporting the goals and objectives of SPI.

Director, Industry Affairs - RPPG & PMDAC
Direct and manage two key Committees that fall under the SPI Processor Council Governance Structure. Assist VP of Industry Affairs with one key committee and general management of the SPI Processor Council.

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