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Wed November 9, 2016

Partnered Offering Will Provide Unique Access to Both Associations

November 9, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) and SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) today announced the creation of a new, partnered membership program for plastics industry original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) or brand owner companies. This new program will grant employees of companies that belong to SPI’s Brand Owners Council premium SPE memberships, with VIP access to all benefits. This new, hybrid membership will go into effect January 1, 2017 for employees of all current and newly-registered SPI brand owner company members.

“We have been growing our brand owner membership over the last few years, and are hopeful that our new membership offering with SPE opens the door to more resources, including career development and educational opportunities,” said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “Our members who represent the other facets of the supply chain – including equipment, materials and processor companies – share the sentiment that brand owners, who reach consumers, must have a seat at the table to discuss concerns and share ideas about the plastics industry.”

Brand owner companies will gain access to SPI’s incomparable business, supply chain and advocacy offerings while their employees gain access to SPE’s extensive educational, technical and networking opportunities. Ultimately, this joint program will allow both organizations to leverage and showcase their respective strengths while building a stronger value proposition for their traditional membership base.

“I am proud to be able to offer this new program to the OEMs and brand owners of our great industry,” said SPE’s Managing Director Russell Broome. “This initiative will provide these key stakeholders strong engagement with SPE’s vast network of plastics industry experts across the entire supply chain. Having immediate access to the latest processing, material and equipment innovation is vital in order to maintain their reputation with the ultimate consumer.”

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About SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Representing nearly one million workers in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes plastics manufacturing, works to make our members and the industry more competitive globally, and advances recycling and the stewardship of resources. Plastics innovations continuously improve products ranging from healthcare and medical devices to building and construction, automotive and packaging. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors, brand owners and the recycling community, we proudly represent all segments of the U.S. plastics industry.

About SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers)

SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for nearly 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit http://www.4spe.org.

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 www.plasticsindustry.org.

"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."