SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association has announced the agenda for its new Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo and launched the event web site as well. In collaboration with its Recycling Committee, SPI has designed the event to assist brand owners and processors in taking their environmental goals from aspirational to operational. The Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo, will take place April 25-27, 2016 at the Rosen Shingle Creek conference center and hotel in Orlando, Florida.

The summit launches with an evening reception on Monday, April 25, events on the next two days will include sessions within seven concurrent tracks. Conference track topics will include cutting edge recycling technologies, product engineering & design, supply chain management and manufacturing with recycled content, regulatory & compliance issues, industry-specific topics on recycling to recovery and use of recycled content, sustainability challenges and solutions, and global manufacturing trends in recycled content. There will also be two plenary sessions with keynote addresses. An off-site plant tour is also in development.

"The Re|focus content will provide brand owners, processors, engineers and designers with resources to help them translate environmental goals into concrete actions. We want to help companies look at product manufacturing in a new way, with an increased focus on recycling and sustainability" said Gene Sanders, SPI's senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. "It'll be about supply chain solutions, and our expo floor will reflect this mission as well."

The programming team is seeking speakers with dynamic presentations who will participate in panel discussions and engage both other speakers and attendees through an active Q&A. Presentations should focus on practical implementation and application of leading best practices in the specific subject areas outlined. Those interested in submitting a speaker proposal can contact Ashly Patton at apatton@plasticsindustry.org.

"SPI consulted with the industry to identify the challenges facing the supply chain and outlined subject matter to address these areas," said Kim Holmes, SPI's senior director of recycling and diversion. "The call for speakers will ensure we are aware of the best speakers outside our core group of thought leaders. We seek the best and brightest to round out many of the panel discussions where our experts are already involved."

As the session content ramps up, so does the expo floor. The expo floor is designed to be a solutions-based space featuring material suppliers, equipment suppliers, and recycling and sustainability service providers. Re|focus has received early exhibit commitments from numerous leading companies to include ADG Solutions and Davis-Standard, Bunting Magnetics, Fukutomi Green Products, Kice Industries, Plastics Technologies Inc., Phoenix Technologies, Rapid Granulator, Ravago, United Recycling, and WEIMA America.

Attendee registration will open later in the summer and discounts will be available for members of SPI and official partner organizations.

Additional summit information and the exhibit sales floor plan with exhibit categories can be found at www.RefocusSummit.org. For additional assistance, contact SPI at exhibit@refocussummit.org.


About SPI

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly

900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research and education, industry promotion and growth, the fostering of business relationships, and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics supply chain. All profits from SPI events are reinvested into SPI's services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.