Published On: Thu, Aug 27th, 2015

GPS to Feature Various Top-Tier Thought Leaders

Highlight Threats and Opportunities Facing Plastics, Energy and Petrochemical Industries

WASHINGTON—SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical will join forces again this year to present the industry-leading, executive level Global Plastics Summit (GPS) Oct. 28-30 in Chicago, the organizations announced today.

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GPS to Feature Various Top-Tier Thought Leaders

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. The GPS will feature presentations from brand owners, top-tier business executives and thought leaders, who will deliver technical content and insights into the global plastics, energy and petrochemical industries that can’t be found anywhere else.

“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.”

“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,” said 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.”

GPS2015 will be hosted at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, where a hotel room block has been exclusively reserved for GPS2015 attendees. The event will open on the morning of Oct. 29 and continue until the afternoon of Oct. 30. A preliminary agenda can be found here.

Media are encouraged to attend the event and a press room will be provided for registered media attendees. Any member of the press interested in registering for GPS2015 should contact Melissa Manning with IHS at