Published On: Wed, Jan 7th, 2015

Key markets briefing and plastics design panel discussions the latest additions to NPE 2015′s parallel programs

A breakfast briefing on key markets and panel discussions on plastics design will be available free for NPE 2015 visitors, announced the show organizer, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

“Our conference programs alone will make NPE 2015 unique among plastics trade shows in providing a robust educational experience,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s Senior Vice President of Trade Shows and Conferences. “There will be hundreds of individual presentations, discussions, and seminars, with a range of content enabling attendees from every sector of the plastics value chain – processors, suppliers, designers, toolmakers, OEMs, and brand owners – to find something of real interest and value.”

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Key markets briefing and plastics design panel discussions the latest additions to NPE 2015′s parallel programs

The Key Market Breakfast Briefing is co-organized by SPI and IHS, a provider of market and economic information. The briefing on March 24 will provide insights on the economy, energy, feedstocks, and polymers. One of the highlights will be a presentation by Wal-Mart called “America Makes” based on the renaissance of manufacturing in North America.

The Panel Discussions on Plastics Design will be held on March 26. Two panel discussions by experts in design will be organized by Robert Grace, President of RC Grace LLC and former editorial director and associate publisher of Plastics News.

Session 1: “Designing the Future: How Materials Can Change the World”, moderated by Gaylon White, consultant and former director of design programs at Eastman Chemical. Session 2: “Bridging the Communications Gap: How to ‘Talk Designer’”, moderated by Robert Grace.

The selection of educational programs available for a fee at NPE 2015 is listed below.

- SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations in nine timely topics with business implications.

- SPE ANTEC Orlando 2015, produced by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), will have hundreds of technical papers consisting of original content reviewed by industry peers.

- Latin American Seminar in Spanish, entitled “Trends, Opportunities and Technologies in the Business of Plastics”, will be produced by CarvajalMedios B2B, a media partner of NPE 2015 and publisher of Tecnologia del Plastico and El Empaque magazines.

- IDSA Southern District Design Conference, hosted by the Industrial Designers Society of America, will explore how design is changing to meet expanding demands, and see how design is key in the creation of end user products in the plastics industry and its vertical markets.

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