Published On: Fri, Aug 12th, 2016

Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference® To Entertain and Enlighten

BETHEL, CT., U.S.A., August 10 2016: The keynote speakers for the 25th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Conference® will address opportunity in the new world economy, it was announced today by SPE’s Thermoforming Division.

With the theme of “Forming the Future,” the Thermoforming Conference will take place September 26-28, 2016 in Schaumburg, IL, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. There will be two keynote addresses:

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Keynote Speakers at SPE Thermoforming Conference® To Entertain and Enlighten

The Little Things Matter. [Tuesday, Sept. 27]. Motivational speaker, comedian and magician Mark Robinson has performed standup comedy routines that have received rave reviews. Mr. Robinson also received an invitation to open for Jeff Foxworthy and made an appearance with late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel. His abilities as a magician have earned him multiple awards, numerous engagements at Harrah’s Casinos, and an invitation to perform for the prestigious academy of magical arts in Hollywood.

Mark Robinson has toured China three times and has performed for the Incredible Acrobats of Shanghai. He has also performed during NBA halftime shows for the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, and Los Angeles Lakers. His unique abilities have been featured in national television commercials and he has filmed television shows for Warner Brothers, NBC, and ABC.

Industrial Thermoforming and the Evolving Durable Goods Manufacturing Business. [Wednesday, Sept. 28]. Drawing on data and insights from his thermoforming research programs, Dr. Peter Mooney will provide an economist’s perspective on the durable goods manufacturing industries and address how plastics have steadily replaced metal, making products more light-weight, functional and user-friendly.

Heavy-gauge sheet thermoformers have played a major role in this transformation. They compete in all these markets not only with metal fabricators, but also with alternative plastics processors capable of producing structural parts and final products – for example, composite part processors, industrial blow molders, injection molders and rotomolders, depending on part design complexity, volume of production, and so on. The recent and likely future pattern of inter-process competition will be addressed.

Dr. Peter Mooney is founder and president of Plastics Custom Research Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics, and he has over 30 years of experience conducting customized and multi-client research programs identifying trends in the domestic and global plastics industry.
“This year’s Thermoforming Conference is designed to be a turnkey event for today’s thermoforming professional,” said Paul Alongi, 2016 conference co-chair. “Attendees will leave the event with some great motivational lessons in addition to practical solutions to common problems that we all face on a day-to-day basis.”