SPI summit to help plastics processors advance environmental goals from aspirational to operational

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC) has announced the agenda for its new Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo and launched an associated event website. In collaboration with its Recycling Committee, SPI has designed the event to assist brand owners and processors in taking their environmental goals from aspirational to operational. The Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo will take place April 25 to 27, 2016, at the Rosen Shingle Creek conference center and hotel in Orlando, FL.

The summit launches with an evening reception on Monday, April 25. Events during the following two days will include seven concurrent conference tracks devoted to cutting edge recycling technologies; product engineering and design; supply chain management and manufacturing with recycled content; regulatory and compliance issues; industry-specific topics on recycling to recovery and use of recycled content, sustainability challenges and solutions; and global manufacturing trends in recycled content. There will also be two plenary sessions with keynote addresses, and an off-site plant tour is in development.

"The Re|focus content will provide brand owners, processors, engineers and designers with resources to help them translate environmental goals into concrete actions. We want to help companies look at product manufacturing in a new way, with an increased focus on recycling and sustainability" said Gene Sanders, SPI's Senior Vice President, Trade Shows and Conferences. "It'll be about supply chain solutions, and our expo floor will reflect this mission, as well."

The programming team is seeking speakers with dynamic presentations who will participate in panel discussions and engage both other speakers and attendees through an active Q&A. Presentations should focus on practical implementation and application of leading best practices in the specific subject areas outlined. Those interested in submitting a speaker proposal can contact Ashly Patton.

"SPI consulted with the industry to identify the challenges facing the supply chain and outlined subject matter to address these areas," said Kim Holmes, SPI's Senior Director of Recycling and Diversion. "The call for speakers will ensure we are aware of the best speakers outside our core group of thought leaders. We seek the best and brightest to round out many of the panel discussions where our experts are already involved."

As the session content ramps up, so does the expo floor, which is designed to be a solutions-based space featuring material suppliers, equipment suppliers and recycling and sustainability service providers, says SPI. Re|focus has received early exhibit commitments from companies such as ADG Solutions and Davis-Standard, Bunting Magnetics, Fukutomi Green Products, Kice Industries, Plastics Technologies Inc., Phoenix Technologies, Rapid Granulator, Ravago, United Recycling and WEIMA America.

Attendee registration will open later in the summer and discounts will be available for members of SPI and official partner organizations. Additional summit information and the exhibit sales floor plan with exhibit categories can be found at www.RefocusSummit.org. For additional assistance, contact SPI.

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