The Society of Plastics Engineers and the British Plastics Federation signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 1 to create a cross-Atlantic alliance. The ceremony, conducted at Interplas in Birmingham, involved SPE Executive Director Michael Cappelletti and BPF Director General Peter Davis.
Brookfield, Conn.-based SPE, which has 27,000 individual members in 70 countries, already has a similar arrangement with the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, said Cappelletti, but this is the first to engage an overseas association.
London-based BPF has about 400 member companies, which account for roughly 80 percent of United Kingdom plastics industry employees and sales. SPE already is an associate member of the British group.
Under the agreement, the two groups will:
* Provide free access to each other's public documents to share knowledge and expertise.
* Publicize each other's events and link Web sites.
* Establish close links between staff.
* Jointly stage events in the United Kingdom.
Separately, BPF announced it is planning a business conference April 10-11 in Cheshire, England, that explores prospects for the United Kingdom plastics industry. The event will help mark BPF's 70th year of existence.