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SPE: A-NZ President Letter

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

This new Newsletter by the local Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE: A-NZ Section) is an attempt to keep you, as a stakeholder of the plastics industry, informed about key issues affecting our (local) industry.

The SPE: A-NZ Section has prepared a seminar schedule for Melbourne which is aiming at keeping you up-to-date about technical developments in the plastics industry. The program will allow you to engage better with the industry and its stakeholders by attending the events organised by the SPE: A-NZ Section. The advantage for you is that each month you will receive information about a key issue affecting our plastics industry. We hope that you can benefit more by engaging better with other stakeholders in our industry in attending our events in person. See our website: and globally:

In looking ahead to the events for the year 2020 we would like to mention our Conference on “Plastics and the Circular Economy” which will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 19th November 2020. The Section is also scheduling a special event on “Plastics in Oceans” for Wednesday 3rd June. Our first event for this year will be a visit and seminar at Corex Plastics in Dandenong on Tuesday 11th February. It will be followed by a training course on Extrusion with world-renowned expert Chris Rauwendaal which course will be held on Thursday 27th February 2020 in Melbourne. For 2020 SPE: A-NZ Section will seek engagement with visitors to Australia from technology leaders in our industry by inviting them to hold webinars with the SPE, so that the whole industry can benefit.

Short term, the most important event for our industry in Australia will be the Plastics Summit which will be convened in March by the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Federal Minister of the Environment. The Summit will bring together industry leaders, scientists, retailers, school children and governments to determine ways of tackling Australia’s recycling crisis. We hope that the focus will be on stimulating demand for recycled content, the Circular Economy, harmonising supply chains and support for investment in recycling capacity.

Next month we will be highlighting VET training for our industry in Australia.

Wishing you and your family a happy New Year.

Han Michel


SPE: A-NZ Section Ltd

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