Friday, July 10th, 2009
One of the things I love about SPI is its commitment to professional development and getting key information about specific issues out to the plastics industry people that need it. We do it though a number of electronic distribution channels (webinars, videos, email, our award-winning web site and this blog!), but old-fashioned, face-to-face get-togethers are often the best way. From the 1000+ educational sessions at the recent NPE2009 show to the various specialized programs that are available through SPI’s three Councils (Equipment, Material Suppliers and Processors), the association is dedicated to providing networking forums to learn about the latest and greatest issues impacting the industry.
The Vinyl Products Committee (VPC), part of our Material Suppliers Council, which I lead) is no exception to this commitment as it works to enhance the growth and prestige of the flexible vinyl industry through educational programs and the exchange of ideas and experiences. From medical to packaging, automotive, electronics and construction, vinyl has myriad life-enhancing, cost-effective uses.
From July 19-21, the VPC will hold its Annual Compounding Conference at the Marriott Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The conference includes speakers who will address a range of topics including:
- Plasticizer market updates including current technology and new developments
- European and North American resin updates
- Phthalate Ester Panel discussion focused on regulatory issues, retail deselection and standards
- A U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Architectural Update
- Impact of the Obama Administration on flexible PVC
This not-to-miss event includes industry leaders providing the latest information on issues affecting the world of flexible vinyl. I’m looking forward to it and I hope to see you there.