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SPE NAMES RECIPIENTS OF GPEC¢ç 2011 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

Fort Bragg Bridge Made of Axion Composite

Awards Recognizing Environmental Leadership and Excellence Will Be Presented during GPEC 2011, October 17-19, 2011

NEWTOWN, CT, U.S.A., September 30, 2011: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Plastics Environmental Division¡¯s Environmental Stewardship Awards. Presentations will take place October 18th during SPE¡¯s Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC¢ç 2011) in Atlanta.

Reflecting the conference theme ¡°Plastics Recycling and Sustainability on my Mind,¡± the awards recognize companies and institutions that have demonstrated environmental leadership and excellence through significant achievements in a variety of categories.

The recipients of the 2011 GPEC Awards are listed below. More details are available in the document accompanying this news release.

Lehigh Technologies (Tucker, GA): Chairman¡¯s Award for a process for large-volume production of micronized powders from discarded tires that would otherwise be landfilled. The resulting powders can be used at high concentrations in plastics and new-tire manufacture.

Sika Sarnafil (Canton, MA): ¡°Plastic Recycling Technologies and Applications¡± Award for recycling old vinyl single-ply roofing back into useful roofing membrane.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (Franklin Lakes, NJ): ¡°Enabling Technologies in Processes and Procedures¡± Award for a recycling program that recovers plastics from medical devices and puts them to use in non-medical applications.

Futuris Automotive Interiors (Troy, MI): ¡°Emerging Technologies in Materials, Processing, and Applications¡± Award for developing a moldable, tufted PET carpet that is made with significant post-consumer PET content.

Axion International (New Providence, NJ): ¡°Significant Innovations in Environmental and Recycling Areas Using Conventional Plastics.¡± Award for developing high- performance composites from recovered polyolefins and applying them as structural parts that can be used as components for bridges, railroad ties, and other structures that meet military specifications.

IAC Group (Luxembourg / Southfield, MI): Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award for making extensive use of recycled plastics in producing automotive interior components; reducing energy consumption through manufacturing efficiencies; and achieving large reductions in waste going to landfills.
GPEC 2011 takes place October 17-19, 2011 at the Atlanta Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. The awards will be presented at a banquet on the evening of Tuesday, October 18. More information on GPEC 2011 is available at www.sperecycling.org, or www.4spe.org, or by contacting Lesley Kyle at + 1-203-740-5452 or lskyle@4spe.org.
Photo Caption: At Fort Bragg, NC, an M1A1 tank is driven over a bridge made of a thermoplastic composite developed by Axion International. Made from some 85,000 pounds of recycled plastics, the bridge supports military equipment loads in excess of 70 tons. [Photo by Dawn Elizabeth Pandoliano] For more photos, use this link
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