The growing presence of China in international plastics markets will be the focus of a June 25 breakfast briefing at NPE 2003. The Global Business Council of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has partnered with two industry publications to present the 8-10:30 a.m. Wednesday session titled ``Crossroads: The China Factor.''
The event kicks off with keynote speaker David Friedman, senior fellow of the New America Foundation. Friedman is a lawyer, political scientist and economic development specialist, as well as an author best known for his 1988 book on Japanese economic development, The Misunderstood Miracle. He currently is writing a series of articles on the so-called ``new economy,'' assessing the balance between America's manufacturing and technological sectors.
James Buonomo, vice president of the China and India regions for Nypro Inc., then will moderate a panel that includes:
* Larry Sippy, president of Sipco Molding Technologies and chairman of the National Tooling & Manufacturers Association.
* Randall Ash, manager of North American molding engineering for Delphi Connection Systems.
* Jay Woerner, vice president of global manufacturing and sourcing for Milacron Inc.
* Mark Wall, president-greater China for General Electric Co.
* Bill Primosch, international policy director for the National Association of Manufacturers.
GBC is partnering on the event with Injection Molding Magazine and its sister publication, Plastics Machinery & Auxiliaries, after the two groups initially scheduled competing events for the morning of June 25 on the same topic of global competitiveness.
Lori Anderson, SPI's strategic planning and industry relations officer, said, ``The United States had a $3.7 billion trade deficit with China in plastics products in 2002, and imports of Chinese plastics products have grown at nearly 14 percent annually in the past years.'' She said that underscores the need for such forums to help attendees understand the global marketplace better.
The briefing has been moved to McCormick Place Room S406B from its originally announced location, since more than 200 people have already signed up to attend. The event will cost SPI members $75 and nonmembers $100. To register, go to: www. plasticsindustry.org/business/in ternational/npeflyer.pdf.