The Society of Plastics Engineers International and the Association of Rotational Molders International are planning a conference in Shanghai next spring.
A March 5 video meeting between the U.S. and Chinese organizers took place in Akron and the event has been tentatively named ``Hollow Parts Conference.''
Co-host associations include the Rotational Molding Committee of the China Plastics Processing Industry and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
SPE President Tim Womer said the conference will be held one week before the Chinaplas 2008 trade show. Chinaplas does not have a specific date scheduled yet.
Topics will include rotational molding, blow molding, twin-sheet thermoforming and other extrusion applications, said Jon Ratzlaff, SPE international chairman. ``We will be looking for papers and speakers,'' he said.
Ratzlaff said the Chinese partners will bring prominent Chinese businessmen to share their views of doing business globally. ``It will be good education, not just from the technical side, but also from the business side.''
SPE also is looking into establishing a China division and has scheduled those negotiations for next spring as well. ``We look forward to working with Chinese associations and individuals,'' Ratzlaff said.
The video meeting also was attended by Tom Conklin, SPE's new business development director; ARM executive director and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Arnold; and SPE Rotomolding Division board director Linda Xu, who is president of LiDa Corp., an import-export consulting firm in Copley, Ohio.