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Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit Leverages NPE2018 To Reach Broader Industry

Third Annual PLASTICS Summit Co-Locates with NPE

NPE: The Plastics Show

May 8th, 2018

May 8, 2018 – ORLANDO, Fla. – The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) will today kick off its third annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit at NPE2018: The Plastics Show, leveraging the association’s premier triennial tradeshow as an opportunity to both reach new and diverse attendees and allow Re|focus attendees to experience NPE. All registered Re|focus attendees will receive free access to the NPE show floor for a chance to see plastics manufacturing innovations in action.

“Re|focus brings together innovative and thoughtful industry leaders who are diligently working to create solutions to plastic products’ end-of-life,” said Kim Holmes, PLASTICS’ vice president of sustainability. “The summit will focus on pushing the boundaries of what is possible in terms of processing recycled plastics.”

Speaker and session highlights this year include:

  • Opening Plenary: Using Dell Innovation and Supply Chain to Tackle Ocean Plastic
    • Oliver Campbell, Dell Technologies
    • Kim Holmes, Plastics Industry Association
  • Panels
    • Recycling Game Changer: Moving Beyond Mechanical Recycling
      • John Layman, P&G and PureCycle Technologies
      • Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, Purdue University
      • Brian Moe, Agilyx
      • Robert Render, Ravago Recycling Group
    • Advances in Composite Recycling
      • Brian Pillay, University of Alabama at Birmingham
      • Mark Janney, Carbon Conversions, Inc.
      • Bill Schreiber, Lehigh Technologies
    • Under One Roof: Investing in On-Site Plastic Reprocessing at MRFs
      • Martin Baumann, EREMA North America
      • Daniel Reshef, Urban Resource Group
      • David Hudson, Avangard Innovative
      • Sunil Bagaria, GDB International Inc.
      • James Keefe, Recycling Today Media Group
    • Biobased Bioplastic Polymers and the Future of Bottling
      • Michael A. Saltzberg, Ph.D, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
      • Jose Augusto Viveiro, Renewable Chemicals, Braskem
      • Ruth O’Neill, Origin Materials
      • Patrick Krieger, Plastics Industry Association
    • Closing plenary: Additives for Upcycling
      • Salvatore Monte, Kenrich Petrochemicals Inc.
      • Prem Patel, Milliken & Company
      • Timothy Dean, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
      • Mark Richardson, Oakland University and Series One, LLC
    • Daily networking receptions

The Summit will include three days of sustainability conversations that will help companies spring their aspirational recycling and sustainability goals into action. New this year is a Re|focus Zone on the NPE trade show floor where attendees can discover the revolutionary equipment, innovative materials and technology solutions designed to help companies reach their sustainability goals.

Onsite registration for Re|focus Sustainability is still available, and NPE attendees will need to register for Re|focus separately.


About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $404 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit Connect with PLASTICS on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.