AKRON, OHIO — Cyberspace and e-commerce will command the spotlight for a key portion of Plastics News' Oct. 13-16 executive forum in central Florida.
``Executive Forum 2000: Forecasting Materials & Markets,'' at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, is targeted at top officials from plastics processing companies and their original-equipment customers. In addition to a session on the rebounding Mexican market and more than a dozen presentations assessing the outlooks for specific resins, end markets and the economy, the forum will include an Oct. 14 afternoon panel session that will probe how the Internet and electronic commerce are likely to impact processors.
Tim Stojka, president and founder of the online community known as PlasticsNet.com (formerly The Plastics Network), will moderate the session. Confirmed panelists include:
Daniel W. McGuire, vice president and general manager of Ashland Distribution Co.'s General Polymers Division in Dublin, Ohio.
Peter Ciriello, president and chief executive officer of Shape Global Technology Inc., a Kennebunk, Maine, injection molder of computer and entertainment products.
Orville Bailey, president and CEO of B2Emarkets Inc. in Silver Spring, Md., a new Internet company that provides business-to-business e-commerce services.
Plans call for a fourth panelist to be named soon, possibly from one of the Big 3 automakers. Thursday's featured luncheon speaker also is likely to focus on the promise and pitfalls posed by e-commerce to manufacturers.
McGuire heads General Polymers, North America's largest resin distributor, and says GP believes that, as far as thermoplastic resins are concerned, e-commerce ``could have more impact on changing distribution in the future than any other single initiative.'' He plans to explore those possibilities in his panel presentation.
Ciriello took the helm at Shape in April 1997 after serving in various capacities at Kao Corp., a $9 billion consumer products company based in Tokyo. Perhaps best-known for its early work injection molding audio and videocassette cases, the 26-year-old Shape now is integrating e-commerce deeply into its corporate strategy and even has begun offering e-business services such as Web site design and hosting.
Before starting B2Emarkets, Bailey was founder and president of Electronic Procurement Group, a provider of e-commerce consulting services, and prior to that served as president of TPN Register, a 50-50 joint venture between GE Information Services and Thomas Publishing that provides Internet-based procurement services.
Bailey's other experience includes management positions in marketing at both Apple Computer Corp. and GE Plastics.
Executive Forum 2000 will feature some 30 industry experts assessing current and future prospects for six resin types and as many end markets, including automotive; flexible and rigid packaging; medical; building and construction; and computers and business equipment.
The event also will include a Friday night banquet at which Plastics News will present its fourth annual Processor of the Year Award.
Some of the early speaker commitments for the end-market breakout sessions include: Richard Crawford, chairman, Cambridge Industries Inc.; Samuel Landol, Nypro Inc.'s vice president for Latin America, corporate quality and administration; Chuck Villa, executive vice president, Trend Technologies Inc.; and Keith Harbison, president and CEO, Pretium Packaging LLC.
Watch the Plastics News Web site (www.plasticsnews.com) for speaker updates and for information on how to register. The cost to attend the forum is $945 per person prior to Aug. 27, and $1,095 per person after that date.
Those interested in attending or learning about sponsorship opportunities should contact Nancy Parks in Akron at (330) 865-6134.