SPI, SPE Agreement Is Announced


WASHINGTON, DC | SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Assn. and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Newtown, CT, have reached an agreement they say will add new dimensions to the next three annual SPE ANTEC conferences, attract more corporate exhibitors and sponsors, and increase attendance. Of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 ANTEC conferences covered by the agreement, the third, ANTEC 2015, will co-locate with SPI’s triennial international plastics exposition NPE2015 in March 2015 at Orlando, FL.

SPI’s role in all three ANTEC events will include: 1) producing a “Business of Plastics” conference to be held alongside SPE’s technical conference; 2) selling co-located exhibit space as well as promotional opportunities for corporate sponsors; and 3) contributing to the marketing of the entire ANTEC program.

“Building on the successful co-location of our ANTEC conference with NPE2012, the agreement between SPE and SPI will benefit both organizations by creating new avenues for growth,” says Willem (Wim) De Vos, SPE’s CEO. “Our collective efforts will increase attendance at technical sessions, expand the trade show held during ANTEC in non-NPE years, add valuable new educational content, and support SPE’s strategy for international diversification.”

The agreement will also generate special benefits for SPI, according to William R. (Bill) Carteaux, SPI’s president and CEO. “Following strong attendance at our Business of Plastics conference during NPE2012, SPI is delighted at the prospect of making this program into an annual event, creating what amounts to a new product stream and increasing our visibility as a provider of educational content. At the same time, our sales and promotional work on behalf of ANTEC-related events will generate new marketing opportunities for the companies that make up our own membership.”

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