INDIANAPOLIS - The Society of Plastics Engineers is expanding into Brazil. SPE officially designated a Brazil Section in Formation during its Annual Technical Confer-ence.
The effort began when Ernst Spieth, product development manager of polypropylene manufacturer Polibrasil SA in Salvador, Brazil, attended the 1994 ANTEC and got into a discussion with a member of SPE's executive committee. SPE had tried before without success to form a section in Brazil.
Spieth said there are about 35 SPE members in Brazil. He contacted them to gauge interest in creating a section.
``It was a very positive response,'' he said.
The group, which first met in November, got a boost in March when three SPE officials - David Harper, 1995-96 president; A. Nelson Wright, vice president international; and Michael Cappelletti, executive director - visited the South American country.
Spieth, a German who has lived in Brazil for the past 15 years, said he would like SPE to develop educational materials in Portuguese and Spanish.
``There is a need for support by the SPE in education matters, on the engineering level and on the factory level,'' he said. ``What I'm trying to do at this ANTEC is to establish some sort of flow of information from SPE.''
Spieth is serving as interim president. He said he would like a native Brazilian to be president. The next meeting will be held in SÃo Paulo at the end of May.