Wed December 28, 2016

A lot happened in 2016 for both PLASTICS and the plastics industry. As we toast 2016 and say hello to 2017, here’s a look back at some of the past year’s biggest stories.

Our New Brand: Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
After months of research, planning and member input, the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched its new brand and its new website, reflecting our focus on growing the plastics industry while supporting sustainability.

The First Update to TSCA in 40 Years
After an intensive advocacy campaign, PLASTICS contributed to the bipartisan enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in four decades.

Re|focus Recycling Summit Gathers Entire Plastics Supply Chain to Increase Recycling, Improve Sustainability
The inaugural edition of Re|focus in April 2016 equipped brand owners and processors with the resources and insights they needed to take their sustainability goals from aspirational to operational. Save the date for the next edition June 27-29, 2017.

PLASTICS Announces First-Ever Plastics Shop Floor Expo
Announced by PLASTICS in November this year, the first-ever Plastics Shop Floor Expo will co-locate with Amerimold and take place June 14-15, 2017.

Meet Your Future Leaders in Plastics with the FLiP Files
PLASTICS’ Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP) group launched a blog series where young professionals in the plastics industry introduce themselves and talk about what they love most about working in plastics.

Bioplastics in Spotlight During First-Ever Bioplastics Week
PLASTICS’ Bioplastics Division hosted the event in August 2016, featuring a week’s worth of bioplastics-focused blog posts and the announcement of the winner of this year’s Innovation in Bioplastics award.

Global Trends and Plastics Market Watch Reports Highlight Plastics Growth
Check out the reports page on the new PLASTICS website to catch up on all the great data that came out in 2016.

NPE Wins Big at Trade Show Executive Awards
NPE: The Plastics Show won five awards—including two Grand Awards, the highest recognition—at Trade Show Executive’s (TSE’s) annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit earlier this year.

NPE2018 Breaks Records Two Years Before Officially Opening
Shortly after NPE2015 was recognized by TSE, the upcoming edition of NPE2018: The Plastics Show set a new record for the biggest pre-draw for floor space in the trade show’s history.

PLASTICS Launches Zero Net Waste Program, Recognizes First Designee
PLASTICS both launched its Zero Net Waste program in 2016 and recognized Minco Tool & Mold as the first company to achieve a Zero Net Waste designation.

Manufacturing Day Continues Success, PLASTICS Continues to Shine
Dozens of PLASTICS members and plastics companies participated in Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2016, sharing all that plastics manufacturing has to offer with communities all over the U.S.