When Society of Plastics Engineers President Brian Landes launched Antec 2020, it wasn't from behind a podium at a San Antonio hotel, but in front of a brick fireplace at his home.
"Obviously I would've preferred to meet with you in person, but prudence is called for in the midst of the COVID-19 crises. So I welcome you to Antec, and to my home," he said as the virtual edition of Antec got underway March 30 via a livestream available for viewing on YouTube.
It was, Landes said, the first time he ever livestreamed anything, "let alone invited an international group of people to watch it."
"I feel a bit like Mr. Rogers, inviting you behind the curtain of my life and behind the team of SPE and all that the plastics industry has to offer," he said.
The first day of Antec also included a Q&A with Dow CEO Jim Fitterling and Berry CEO Tom Salmon by Plastics News' Editor Don Loepp.