Monday, April 29th, 2013
Plastics professionals from every part of the plastics value chain should mark November 4-6, 2013 on their calendars to be certain they don’t miss the just-announced inaugural Global Plastics Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago. Hosted collaboratively by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and IHS, the global source of information and analytics regarding the global chemical industry, the Global Plastics Summit will bring together decision makers, thought leaders, and technical experts from across the plastics industry, oil and gas, all areas of American manufacturing, and the experts from IHS and SPI.
During the Summit’s three days, those leaders will share their insights on the market outlook for key polymer and raw materials, technical and product developments, innovations, challenges, and the opportunities facing the dynamic plastics industry, all the issues that impact plastic producers, converters, distributors and all related industry professionals.
“The abundant feedstock of shale gas is changing the global landscape for plastics manufacturing,” said William R. “Bill” Carteaux, president and chief executive officer of SPI. “It’s critical that America’s manufacturing leaders share their insights on how today’s evolving supply chain, reshoring trends and growing consumer demands for cleaner, greener manufacturing are changing our core business models.”
“As the industry leader in delivering the world’s most comprehensive chemical insight, market information, and consulting services, IHS is pleased to partner with such a respected organization as SPI in order to offer this event to the industry,” said Dave Witte, senior vice president and general manager of IHS Chemical.
“Our combined practical industry knowledge and insight, makes it possible for us to build a stimulating, timely and strategic program to help America’s manufacturers reposition their companies for the future,” said Carteaux. “Plastics manufacturers must understand these developments in order to capture new opportunities in both domestic and international markets.”
Carteaux also noted that solution-oriented workshops will hone in on manufacturing innovation, best practices and emerging new markets across the supply chain. “We’ll be asking participants to think beyond keynotes and get something done,” says Carteaux.
“The U.S. plastics industry is on the cusp of the next wave of domestic expansion,” said Nick Vafiadis, senior director of global polyolefins and plastics at IHS Chemical. “U.S. plastics manufacturers are becoming global suppliers at a level we’ve never seen before. These are interesting and exciting times for producers and this event will be an unparalleled, collaborative experience.”
To this long-time observer of the American plastics industry, the Global Plastics Summit is exceptionally well timed to clarify the issues and impacts of America’s abundant shale gas on plastic materials producers and processors, as well as on the brand owners who rely on plastics to manufacture their products or to make the packaging for their products, or both.
SPI recently created its Brand Owners Council in recognition of the critical position brand owners occupy in the plastics value chain. SPI’s existing Councils include the Processors Council, the Material Suppliers Council, and the Equipment and Machinery Council. Dealing with key issues such as zero waste, sustainability, and product safety, brand owners will be highly interested in participation at the Global Plastics Summit.
Plastics professionals, including brand owners who rely on plastics, should not miss the chance to chart their business future at the first Global Plastics Summit in Chicago, November 4-6, 2013. More information can be found at www.GlobalPlasticsSummit.com, and a full agenda and registration details will be forthcoming as the event draws near.
“From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry,” Bill Carteaux said. “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.”