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SPE INTERNATIONAL POLYOLEFINS CONFERENCE, NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION, WILL ADDRESS INDUSTRY ‘RENAISSANCE’ FUELED BY BOOM IN SHALE GAS

HOUSTON, TX, U.S.A., January 27, 2014: Abundant and cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is transforming the polyolefins industry in the U.S.A., creating new opportunities for petrochemical and plastics companies. Reflecting this, “The Polyolefin Renaissance” will be the theme of next month’s 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) International Polyolefins Conference in Houston.

Organized by the SPE South Texas Section, the conference will take place February 23-26, 2014 at the Hilton Houston North Hotel. Details and online registration are available at www.spe-tx.org/conference.php.

The 25th SPE International Polyolefins Conference will be the world’s largest polymer conference on polyolefins, with 84 technical presentations, 64 exhibitor booths, and an anticipated attendance of more than 600 technical and business professionals. The 14 topical sessions will focus on new developments in industry investment, catalysts and polymerization processes, polymer stabilization, modifiers and additives, resins and applications, engineering grades, medical devices, films, fibers, rigid packaging, reinforced compounds, and other areas.

There will be six keynote presentations by the following speakers:

--Nick Vafiadis, senior director, global polyolefins and plastics, IHS: Global Polyethylene: Issues and Trends

--Jorge Bühler-Vidal, director, Polyolefins Consulting, LLC: Latin America: Is It Really a Market for U.S. and Canadian Shale Gas?

--Bob Eller, president, Robert Eller Associates: TPOs and TPEs: Meeting Automotive Challenges

--Mike Zamora, vice president, ExxonMobil Base Chemicals: Abundant U.S. Shale Gas Supplies Revitalizing the Plastics Industry

--James Ray, senior consultant, ICIS: U.S. Shale Impact on Polyolefins

--Janet Miertschin, North American olefin and polyolefin feedstock procurement director, LyondellBasell: The Impact of Shale Gas on a Petrochemical Producer

The chairpersons for the 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference include: conference chair David Hansen (David.Hansen47@yahoo.com); program chair Chuck Crosby (Charles.Crosby@Braskem.com); exhibit chair Brandon Cleary (Brandon@birchplastics.com); registrations chair Suzanne Biggs (SuzBiggs@comcast.net).

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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 70 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 www.4spe.org.