The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and Plastics News Global Group will co-sponsor ``Sustain '08: Plastics Business Summit,'' to be held Nov. 5-7 in Chicago.
The conference will provide plastics company chief executive officers, sustainability officers, plant managers and others with the tools they need to view sustainability as a strategy toward reducing costs, eliminating waste, maximizing profitability, and increasing market share and longevity.
``As our industry faces increasing consumer and customer demand to tweak product lines and change operations in order to be more sustainable, I am excited by the insights this [executive-level] event will provide attendees into why sustainable practices are a sound business decision and how to get started with implementation,'' said Bill Carteaux, SPI president and chief executive officer.
``This topic is not a fad,'' said Tony Eagan, vice president and group publisher of Plastics News Global Group. ``Sustainability is the lifeblood of plastics manufacturing going forward. Our coverage of the topic has steadily increased in recent months, and now the industry needs an event where people can learn more, become more aware of issues and opinions, and reach some consensus on how plastics processing can be sustainable.''
Kicking off with a welcome reception the evening of Nov. 5, the conference will present two days of keynote addresses, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Agenda items will include product design, recycling and materials recovery, energy efficiency, worker training and environmental management system certification.
Other conference topics will include legal and regulatory implications, marketing challenges, ``greenwashing'' and how the media evaluate a company's sustainability practices.
Program details and registration information will be made available in mid-June.