SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical will join forces again this year to present the executive level Global Plastics Summit (GPS), which takes place in Chicago, the US from October 28-30.
The 2015 Global Plastics Summit will focus on the impact of new forces affecting the global plastics industry – including the new threats and opportunities they create for end markets including packaging, medical and automotive.
“There are numerous issues facing the global plastics industry in today’s economy, and all of them trickle down to affect the countless end markets to which plastic materials and products are vital,” said William R. Carteaux, SPI President and CEO.
“With GPS2015, the agenda is specifically tailored to give plastics executives the tools they need to navigate the new challenges gripping the global market, while giving them the insights and proven strategies they need in order to expand, invest and innovate into new markets and better meet the needs of brand owner customers and consumers around the world.”
At GPS 2015, an innovation keynote speech will be given by Skylar Tibbits, Director, Self-Assembly Lab Research Scientist, Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), discussing an advancement of 3D printing – 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time.
As said, this new technology will allow the printing of items that adjust themselves and self-assemble over time in order to accommodate changing physical conditions, or to repair themselves.
“The global plastics industry has seen its share of disruptive forces in the year since IHS and SPI hosted last year’s Global Plastics Summit, the biggest of which has been plunging oil prices,” added Dave Witte, Senior Vice President of IHS and General Manager of IHS Chemical. “The resulting global volatility in the industry presents both significant risks and opportunities, and the GPS 2015 agenda is focused on providing business executives with unique insights and information they need to manage risks and capitalize on business opportunities.”