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NEWTOWN, CT, U.S.A., May 8, 2012: The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing the latest advances in thermoforming design and application. The submission deadline is September 7, 2012.

The parts entered in the Competition will be on display during the 21st SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 23-25 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Awards for winning parts will be presented at the Thermoformer of the Year Dinner on Sunday, September 23, at the hotel.

“For this year’s conference, SPE is focusing on attracting even more key decision-makers from OEM companies in order to raise awareness of the unique capabilities of thermoforming,” said Eric Short, 2012 Parts Competition chair. “The parts entered in the competition will enable these participants to discover the best that the thermoforming industry has to offer and can help spark further innovation in product design.”

Guidelines for Competition entrants and the required product entry form are posted online at All product images and descriptions must be emailed to Eric Short at by the September 7 deadline.

Competition entrants may submit parts from roll-fed systems to one of these categories: Industrial, Medical, or Food; for parts from heavy-gauge systems, the available categories are Vacuum Form, Pressure Form, or Heavy Sheet.

Full information on the Parts Competition and the Thermoforming Conference is available at or by contacting Lauren McCarthy at 1-203-740-5452 or


THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 60 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics. For more information, please visit