SPE Expands ANTEC® 2021 with Multiple Attendee Options, Enhanced Networking, International Focus

SPE recently announced a new direction for ANTEC® 2021. The 2021 program has been expanded to include three segments: ANTEC® Industry Insights, ANTEC® Classic and ANTEC® International. Each segment will be presented virtually.

ANTEC® will kick off with Industry Insights, a two-day offering presented via SPE’s exclusive live-streaming service to remote attendees from March 22-23. ANTEC® Classic will offer real-time, remote presentations occurring over 10 days from March 29-April 9. ANTEC® International will include live online presentations from Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, India, the Middle East and South America. International dates will be announced shortly.

“Our goal is to deliver a productive and enjoyable experience for attendees while providing a global perspective” said Patrick Farrey, SPE’s CEO. “We’ll be using an online event platform that will make the event easy-to-access no matter where you’re from. The experience will be designed to serve plastics professionals from around the world with a strong educational and networking program.”

Acknowledging the challenges of networking in a virtual environment, Farrey emphasized that ANTEC® 2021 will include multiple opportunities for attendees, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors to connect.

“Through our event platform’s matchmaking functionality,” said Farrey. “ANTEC® attendees will be able to customize their own matchmaking ‘rules’ so industry professionals will be able to connect based on their own preferences. This is important for exhibitors as well, who will be able to create qualified, face-to-face meetings albeit in a virtual setting.”

About the program

ANTEC® Industry Insights presenters and agenda will be announced shortly, but the program will include:

  • A View from the Top: Industry Perspectives from Plastics Industry Leaders (March 22, Monday a.m.): Industry executives providing their perspectives on the plastics industry.
  • Plastics & the Environment: It’s Not Just Bags, Bottles and Straws (March 22, Monday p.m.): Viewpoints focused on hot topics in plastics like reduce/reuse/recycle, the circular economy, advanced recycling and more.
  • Emerging Plastics Technologies: What Are the Next Big Things on the Plastics Horizon (March 23, Tuesday a.m.): Future game-changing technologies will be addressed.

ANTEC® Classic will include the plastic industry’s top researchers and their latest findings presented in the traditional ANTEC® format with 200+ papers presented across a wide variety of topics. The technical presentations will be presented virtually in real time with Q&A after each presentation. Presentations also will be recorded and available for viewing on-demand after the event.

Additionally, ANTEC® International will include real-time presentations by invited speakers, as well as region-specific technical papers from around the world.

Attendees can register by going to www.4spe.org/ANTEC21.