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MOST EXTENSIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OF ANY PLASTICS SHOW WILL ADD VALUABLE TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS CONTENT TO NPE2012

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SPE ANTEC®, SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference, and Carvajal Información B2B’s Latin American Seminar Will Be Co-Located with NPE2012

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., January 11, 2012: SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced the agenda for its Business of Plastics Conference, a key part of the content-rich educational program to be co-located with the NPE2012 international plastics exposition.

NPE2012 will take place April 1-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. SPI, which produces the triennial NPE, is one of three organizations that will provide attendees with the opportunity to gain new technical and business insight in addition to the discoveries to be made on the exhibit floor. The conferences organized by the three partner groups will constitute the most extensive educational program available at a plastics show, according to Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences.

● Business of Plastics. SPI’s conference will focus on timely issues affecting business strategy. It will consist of 28 presentations of original content by industry experts. There will be five tracks: 1) Advocacy, Regulatory Issues, and Safety: 2) Bioplastics; 3) Sustainability; 4) Marketing; and 5) Medical Products. The newly completed agenda is available in an attached pdf document Details on presentation topics and speakers are available online at this link.

● SPE ANTEC® 2012. The Society of Plastics Engineers’ annual ANTEC is the world’s largest plastics technical conference. The 201l edition included more than 700 presentations, with technical papers consisting of original content reviewed by industry peers. An attached table shows the session topics for which SPE has solicited presentations for ANTEC 2012. Information is available online at www.4spe.org.

● Latin American Seminar in Spanish. The producer of this conference, whose title in English is Trends, Opportunities and Technologies in the Business of Plastics, will be Carvajal Información B2B, publisher of Tecnologia del Plastico, Conversión, and El Empaque magazines. The conference will address three topics: Specialty or High-Value Markets, Biopolymers and Sustainability, and Rigid and Flexible Packaging. An attached table outlines the program in Spanish. A bilingual presentation of details on the conference is available online at this link.

“The timely topics of bioplastics and sustainability will receive special attention in sessions of all three conferences, and the wealth of other technical and business subjects covered by the NPE2012 educational program will address the interests of plastics professionals from across the industry,” said Sanders. “The three educational programs, coupled with the greatest plastics exposition in the Americas, will make NPE2012 the largest plastics technology exchange in the world.”

All educational sessions will be available for a fee that is payable in the process of registering for NPE2012 at www.npe.org.

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NPE2012 will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The exposition halls will be open April 2-5. A complete schedule of events can be found online at www.npe.org. NPE is solely owned and produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs nearly1-million workers and provides more than $341 billion in annual shipments. www.plasticsindustry.org