Founded in 1937, The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. is the trade association representing one of the largest manufacturing industries in the United States. SPI's members represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides more than $379 billion in annual shipments (2006).
SPI produces the triennial global trade show NPE, one of the world's largest and most important plastics industry events.
SPI publishes significant statistical reports on the U.S. plastics industry, including:data sheets for every state in the USA.
SPI introduced its Resin Identification Code in 1988 at the urging of recyclers around the country. This system was introduced to make separation of the many similar-appearing plastic resin types easier for recycling centers across the country. There was no federal legislation or program to mandate these symbols, though many states have now adopted legislation that mandate its use.
SPI data shows strong gains by plastic packages. (Society of the Plastics Industry, includes Environmental Protection Agency regulations on used oil) (column)
Dec 13, 1985; PLASTIC packaging made fresh gains in 1984 according to new figures just released, bolstering predictions it will capture a...