The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced a new partnership wherein members of both organizations will "enjoy certain reciprocal benefits" and the associations will, on a limited level, "use each other's communication channels."
Gail Bristrol, SPE's managing director, told PlasticsToday that the new arrangement will apply to areas where the organizations have a shared concentration.
"SPE and the ACC Plastics Division will use their communication channels, for example SPE's Plastics Engineering magazine, to provide information on topics of mutual interest, such as the sustainability of plastics," Bristol said. The ACC will also be able to highlight engineering innovations more effectively through its "Plastics Make it Possible" campaign, according to Bristol, while also publicizing information on SPE's events, including conferences, to its members.
As part of the arrangement, Bristol said both organizations will also make available to their members certain benefits at member rates, including market reports, other publications, and conference registrations.
Willem De Vos, SPE's CEO, said in a release the new deal will provide value to SPE members by enhancing access to market data and information and creating a framework to "better leverage the expertise and the communications networks that exist within this industry." De Vos also believes collaboration between like minded groups is important at this time.
"In an increasingly challenging economic environment, the supporting bodies of our industry can only gain by doing things together and taking advantage of each other's resources to support our industry, our companies and our members in a professional manner," De Vos said.
The ACC announced new members in November, including six new manufacturing member companies, three new Affiliate member companies and two new Responsible Care Partner companies. Between its affiliate and associate members, the ACC has more than 170 companies as members, including many of the largest resin suppliers in the world. The ACC reports that its membership accounts for more than 85% of the chemical manufacturing capacity in the U.S., a $760 billion industry.
SPE, which was founded in 1942, says it has a 20,000-member network of engineers, scientists and other plastics professionals, including technicians, salespeople, marketers, retailers, and representatives from tertiary industries.