Tue July 14, 2015

Jacob Barron 
Tel: 202-974-5249  | JBarron@plasticsindustry.org

July 14, 2015

The two industry-leading groups will help program and co-promote SPI’s Re|focus Recycling Summit and Expo and GIE Media’s Paper & Plastic Recycling Conference (PPRC).

WASHINGTON—SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and GIE Media, publisher of Recycling Today, announced Tuesday that they would form a partnership to co-promote SPI’s Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo, which will take place April 25-27, 2016 in Orlando, Fla., and GIE’s Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference (PPRC), which will take place October 14-16, 2015 in Chicago.

“SPI has made it its mission to move the needle on plastics recycling and pursue the goal of zero waste for the plastics industry and our products,” said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “The only way to do this in a way that has long-lasting, real-world results is by engaging the entire plastics supply chain, and that’s exactly why GIE Media makes for a great partner. By partnering with GIE, SPI will be able to reach recycling and manufacturing professionals through five different GIE media brands, including Recycling Today, expanding the reach of SPI’s message to even more manufacturers, processors, brand owners and sustainability-minded professionals. This expanded reach simply augments the community SPI has built through its own properties, such as NPE, and will help to bring the entire supply chain together for Re|focus.”

“As conferences, Paper & Plastics recycling Conference and Re|focus share many of the same goals. Both events aim to empower professionals in the recycling industry with the market  insight and professional connections they need to solve the most pressing problems facing today’s recycling industry,” said James R. Keefe, executive vice president and group publisher, GIE Media. “This partnership will enable GIE to leverage SPI’s properties in order to attract more plastics professionals interested in post-consumer and post-industrial recovery and processing to the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, enhancing the value that our event provides to its attendees and ultimately the value they bring back to their companies.”

The two-year partnership between SPI and GIE Media means both groups will provide programming for the other, while also assisting with speaking recruitment. Both SPI and GIE will sponsor and exhibit at the other’s event as well.

For SPI, this makes GIE Media its latest promotion partner for Re|focus. SPE’s Plastics Environment Division has also been announced as a programming partner, providing technical content on recycling and the manufacturing of plastic products with recycled content.

For more information on Re|focus, to include exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, click here. For more information on the Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference, click here.


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 and www.inthehopper.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."