Fifth Annual Global Plastics Summit Set for October 2017

Plastics industry thought leaders and experts to discuss seismic industry shifts.

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SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (PLASTICS) and IHS Markit will host the fifth annual Global Plastics Summit (GPS) October 11-13, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. More than 300 plastics industry experts and thought leaders from around the world will convene for a comprehensive outlook and review of the plastics industry today and in the future.

At GPS 2017, attendees will hear timely presentations from industry-leading producers, processors and brand owners, as well as economists, elected officials, and innovators. This year’s speakers include U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), keynote presenter Diego Donoso, business president of Packaging & Specialty Plastics at Dow Chemical, and IHS Markit Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh, among many others.

“The long anticipated wave of new cost competitive global polyethylene production capacity is imminent, and will trigger a significant shift in critical market dynamics,” said Nick Vafiadis, vice president of Global Polyolefins and Plastics at IHS Markit. ”We are expecting to see changes in polyethylene prices, margins, trade flows, and even buyer/seller relationships as the industry adapts to this important new dynamic.”

The comprehensive program at GPS 2017 will feature analysis and insight from key thought leaders and IHS Markit and PLASTICS experts associated with major commodity and specialty plastics. This world class, one-of-a-kind gathering will empower key decision-makers to succeed in today’s dynamic marketplace.

“As the association representing the entire plastics supply chain, PLASTICS is especially looking forward to heading to Chicago for this year’s Global Plastics Summit with an overall positive outlook and spirit about the state of manufacturing,” said PLASTICS’ President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “We are thrilled to welcome our Chief Economist Perc Pineda this year, in addition to a host of game changers who will talk about plastics innovation.”

The event features a day of industry training workshops, followed by two main conference program days. Day one of the main conference program (October 12) will include a keynote session from Diego Donoso of Dow Chemical on the importance of ensuring a sustainable future of growth for plastics, as well as IHS Markit outlooks and question-and-answer sessions from producers, processors and brand owners. Day two (October 13) will focus on innovation in plastics in key end markets such as automotive, building and construction, medical devices and packaging.

Attendees may register for GPS by August 25, 2017 to take advantage of its early-bird discount.