The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC Dubai 2014 technical conference recently concluded and the association claims it generated a note of optimism for SPE's strategy of taking its plastics educational program global.
Co-organized by SPE's Middle East Section and supported by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), ANTEC Dubai attracted 170 attendees to a program that included more than 60 original peer-reviewed technical presentations as well as workshops on injection molding and thermoforming. Keynote speakers delivering plenary addresses included Dr. Hoshiar Molod of Tasnee Petrochemicals; Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of the GPCA; Mr. Geert Haentjens, director at Mattex Dubai, LLC; and William R. (Bill) Carteaux, president and CEO of U.S.-based SPI.
The event was the first SPE ANTEC to take place in the region, according to Raed Al-Zu'bi, chairman of the conference and president of SPE's Middle East Section."Holding this inaugural conference in Dubai underscores not only the importance of the Gulf States region for our industry but also SPE's commitment to bring qualified knowledge and networking opportunities to the plastics community around the globe," he said.