Mission and Goals
Who is SPE Today?
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is the leading technical society for the global
plastics industry. It is a community of individuals involved in the technical and
commercial aspects of the plastics and polymer industry. It is a place where individuals
can interact, learn and develop skills to meet their personal and professional goals. This
community fosters technical innovation and industry competitiveness through scientific
development and commercialization.
With over 20,000 members from 84 different countries, SPE is the largest, most
well-known plastics professional society in the world. Celebrating our 75th
anniversary in 2017, we are the “go to” place for technical information, training,
networking and knowledge sharing for plastics professionals who want to advance
their knowledge and their careers
What is Our Mission?
The Society represents all types of professionals involved in the plastics field from
student to retired professional. Its mission is provide and promote scientific and
engineering knowledge related to plastics around the world.
Why is Our Mission Important?
SPE provides the only global forum that brings individuals working in the industry
together to review and discuss technical issues on plastics and polymers. This forum
of open discussion and debate advances the science and technologies that drive
innovation for the plastics industry. SPE’s role in connecting these individuals and
spreading this knowledge is important to the health of the global industry. Why?
Technical innovations and advances in one part of the industry or in one market
have an immediate impact on all globally.
These advances within our industry help to contribute to the changes and improvement
in our lifestyles and also help with economic growth. It promotes advances in our health
through things like medical products and food safety, reduces of waste, helps to solve
energy issues (e.g. starch based polymers, fuel cells, insulating materials), addresses
global warming (e.g. lighter weight vehicles) and economic development. SPE, through
the forums it provides, helps to reinforce sound technologies and practices, and helps
to promote both individual and corporate responsibility.
What are SPE’s Main Goals?
Be the most visible and prestigious technical society for plastics in any part of the world.
Be the preferred supplier of engineering, scientific, and business knowledge required by SPE’s members.
Sustain thriving communities of individuals working in plastics technology around the globe.
Have the financial and other resources needed to sustain SPE’s operations on a global scale.
Why Are Our Members Important?
SPE’s individual members are at the center of the Society’s activities.
Almost all of SPE’s technical content is generated and consumed by
them. With a robust membership, SPE’s relevance to the industry
and the ability to fulfill its mission are possible. SPE supports
membership through a variety of activities that seek to enrich each
individual’s knowledge, expertise, and contribution to our industry
and the world. Activities are mostly technical in nature, but also include
opportunities to develop leadership, network and other business skills.
SPE Members allow SPE to understand the industry, therefore, SPE can
serve the industry and its communities through programs, products and
How Does SPE Educate?
SPE serves the industry by providing quality educational experiences for
its members and others in the industry. These experiences do more than
convey information; they allow for important networking opportunities.
SPE's goal is to provide both practical and advanced theoretical
information, and to promote discussions that link individuals to others in
the plastics community.