Welcome to the Automotive Division of SPE
Welcome to the Internet home of the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers International (SPE), a not-for-profit engineering society.
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LATEST AUTOMOTIVE DIVISION NEWSLETTER posted (March 2013). See our new design. To download this or other division newsletters, please Click HERE.
MEMBERS OF OUR BOARD: Curious to put faces to our names? Want to see who serves on our Division's board of directors? We now have photos up on the Members of Our Board page, which can be found if you Click HERE. If you are interested in joining our board or just attending our meetings, please contact our Division Chair, Jeff Helms at (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ). You can find a calendar of events (including board meetings) if you Click HERE.
SAVE THE DATES...
April 30, 2013: The 8th-annual SPE Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference (AutoEPCON) will take place in Troy, Michigan. For more information, please Click HERE.
Sept. 11-13, 2013: The 13th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) will take place in Novi, Michigan. For more information, please Click HERE.
Oct. 6-9, 2013: The 15th-annual SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will take place in Troy, Michigan. For more information, please Click HERE.
Nov. 2013: The 43rd-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala -- the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries -- will take place in Livonia, Michigan. Tickets (for individual seats or tables of 10) are on sale now. For more information, please Click HERE.
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You can notify SPE headquarters of your unemployment status by contacting Customer Relations (+1.203.740.5403). From there, you will be transferred to other departments.
- Waiver of dues for renewing members for up to 2 years while you seek employment.
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- Networking opportunities through attending events sponsored by geographic Sections and technical Divisions.
Please also see SPE's other unemployment services offered members http://www.4spe.org/spe-unemployment-services.
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO...
The Automotive Division of SPE is dedicated to recognizing and communicating technical accomplishments in all phases of new automotive plastics and plastic-based composite applications and has over 1500 members worldwide.
Ours is one of 22 divisions or sections within SPE. It was chartered on September 9, 1970 to communicate with Division members as well as to industry and the public about current and developmental automotive and ground-transportation uses of polymeric materials, such as rigid and elastomeric thermoplastics and thermosets, rigid and flexible foams, composites, nanocomposites, films, and more.
The Division presents technical sessions at ANTEC (SPE's ANnual TEChnical Conference) and organizes topical conferences (such as our popular Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) and our new Automotive Engineering Plastics (AutoEPCON) Conference), and works with other technical societies to increase knowledge about current and future automotive plastic applications. We fund college scholarships and sponsor and participate in additional educational outreach programs for school children through the PlastiVan Program from the National Plastics Center & Museum in Leominster, Mass. http://www.plasticsmuseum.org.
SPE members are invited to attend board meetings and are welcome to participate on committees organizing any of the annual events. Meet at 5:00 pm for networking and dinner and then stay for the meetings, which typically run from 5:30-8:30 pm. Please contact our current Automotive Division chair, Jeff Helms, (e-mail: email@example.com ), in advance if you are interested in attending a meeting.
In addition to educational activities, the Division sponsors the oldest and largest awards competitions in the automotive and plastics industries to recognize the year's Most Innovative Use of Plastics in ground-transportation applications. Winning teams are recognized at our annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, a glittering evening of celebration to recognize excellence in automotive plastics engineering and executive leadership.