London Metal Exchange to hold briefings
LONDON - The London Metal Exchange will hold a string of international plastics industry briefings in October and November prior to its launch of polymer futures trading in May.
London-based LME, the world's largest nonferrous metals exchange, plans to start trading in polypropylene and linear low density polyethylene resin contracts May 27.
Also, the exchange revealed a list of powerful plastics industry players it has recruited to help develop plastics contracts. Among members of the LME Plastics Committee are resin producers and converters including BP Chemicals Ltd., Basell Polyolefins, Rexam plc, British Polythene Industries plc, Dow Chemical Co., Koch Industries, Mitsubishi Corp. and Pegasus Polymers/Muehlstein.
The five briefings will be aimed at polymer producers, processors and consumers and will be held Oct. 27 in Shanghai, China, Oct. 29 in Singapore, Nov. 17 in Houston, Nov. 19 in Chicago and Nov. 23 in Antwerp, Belgium.
``These important events will help producers, converters, consumers and warehouses understand the mechanics of futures trading and the potential benefits of managing price risk through plastics futures contracts,'' said LME Chief Executive Officer Simon Heale.
IDSA convention plans plastics exhibits
DULLES, VA. - The Industrial Designers Society of America thinks plastic is fantastic, and is devoting more attention and space to the material at its upcoming national convention in Pasadena, Calif.
At its Oct. 27-30 conference, the 3,300-member, Dulles-based trade association is designating a special exhibit area - limited to 24 5-foot-by-5-foot booths - for plastics firms. It's the first time IDSA has offered such a section, said Kristina Goodrich, IDSA's executive director and chief executive officer.
Participating, Goodrich said, offers plastics industry officials an opportunity to meet those influential industrial designers who make material and process recommendations for so many products.
IDSA's national conference typically draws more than 500 corporate and consultant decision-makers, plus 150-200 design students. Some optional, pre-conference seminars start the morning of Oct. 27, but BMW design director Chris Bangle officially kicks off this year's event with a keynote speech that evening.
For details about attending or exhibiting, visit the event Web site at www.idsa.org/utopianrealities.
SPI South to host seminars at Plastics USA
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s southern regional office will shift its focus briefly to the Midwest this fall as it hosts a pair of concurrent, one-day seminars during Plastics USA in Chicago.
The Sept. 29 sessions will focus on operating a lean enterprise, said Rick Sturgis, the Greenville-based region's executive director.
One session, titled ``Investing in Human Capital to Build a Workforce Prepared to Compete,'' will be led by Joe Barto, president of Training Modernization Group Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. That session will feature a panel and will analyze a case study Barto conducted at Bemis Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Executive Vice President Peter Bemis will participate, as will Todd Bennett, vice president and general manager of Forest City, N.C.-based molder United Southern Industries Inc.
The other seminar, ``A New Look at Profitability and Making the Right Technology Investments,'' will be presented by Jeff Mengel, a partner at Plante & Moran LLC in Southfield, Mich., and Mary Scheibel, a principal in Milwaukee-based Scheibel Halaska Inc.
The sessions are limited to 35 attendees each. More details are available online at www.spisouth.org/events/seminars.htm.