Global Plastics Summit 2020 will be held online, but will have the same high-level content as previous editions of the event.
"This is a unique year," IHS Markit Plastics Vice President Nick Vafiadis said in a phone interview with Plastics News. "GPS is going to be virtual for the first time, but will again have a blend of social, technological and legislative trends for today and in the future."
GPS 2020 will be held Oct. 21-23. The event is co-sponsored by IHS Markit and the Plastics Industry Association. It features speakers from both of those groups — including association President and CEO Tony Radoszewski — as well as from major plastics suppliers and processors such as Nova Chemicals, Shell Polymers, Berry Global and Unilever.
This year's GPS will include both real-time and prerecorded presentations, Vafiadis said. "Response has been tremendous so far," he added. "For some people, it's an efficient way to attend a conference."
U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also will speak at GPS 2020 on the Save Our Seas Act, which extended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program. That program works to reduce debris through research, prevention and reduction.
The Plastics Industry Association's Flexible Film & Bag and Rigid Packaging groups also will have content sessions at GPS 2020.
More information on GPS 2020 is available at globalplasticssummit.com.