Two separate but related events recently staged by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association at one of America’s largest trade shows reaffirmed the increasing resolve of the plastics industry to educate the government, media and consumers about the value of the industry and its products. The Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA), affiliated with SPI and based in Washington as well, was also involved.
The first event, which took place during NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, FL, in March, was a comprehensive display of medical products used in the fight against Ebola under the banner Vinyl Saves Lives. The other event was a major industry announcement by SPI to offer a Prop 65 Protection Program to inform, aid and protect retail and industry companies throughout the plastics production and retail sales train that could be served with California Proposition Notice of Violation papers. Both displays were seen by more than 65,000 international visitors at the show, as well as media representatives from around the globe.
Terry Peters, SPI’s senior director of technical and industry affairs whose members comprise the bulk of one of the largest plastics companies throughout the U.S., said, “Our members, on behalf of the entire plastics industry, have had enough. In a concerted effort, members and the plastics industry have come together to counter the reputation, the erroneous and unfair reports and legislation levied, targeting our products and services. The first of numerous steps was to present a strong and unified stance at the NPE trade show, an international showcase for plastics producers and their products. The response was not only-eye opening to thousands of people and the follow up media stories, but also a major step in changing attitudes and misconceptions about plastics.”
Peters also said that he hopes these two demonstrations to counter unnecessary and unfounded attitudes, reports and legislation aimed at eliminating or otherwise diminishing the value — and safety — of plastics are the start of things to come. “The industry and our members see vast amounts of fines being levied and money lost because the world doesn’t know all the facts about how useful, necessary and vital plastics are in today’s world,” he said.
Peters briefly gave details about the special protection program for companies making or selling plastics and plastics products. He notes that protection is offered from a national insurance carrier through low-cost insurance policies that include training, legal counsel, guidance and financial coverage for companies susceptible to or served Notices of Violation under the California Proposition 65 legislation restricting reporting and use of specific chemicals found in plastics.
Sponsors included the SPI and FVA, as noted, and also the Vinyl Institute, The Resilient Floor Covering Institute, Lakeland Industries, Qosina Corporation, The Wallcoverings Association, Czuba Enterprises, Inc., CFT Inc./CPR Life Mask, Vintex, Inc. and Exxon-Mobil Corporation.
Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900,000 American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, and industry promotion, as well as fosters business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.
"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux said. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."
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