Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
May 2004
How Wisconsin Plastics Manufacturers Can Remain Competitive

MADISON, WI - Plastics executives, business owners, and process engineers can learn about technology transfer opportunities of cutting-edge research that will re-shape the landscape of plastics engineering and manufacturing at "The Innovative Plastics Manufacturing Technology" Conference Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 2004 at the UW-Madison College of Engineering Campus.

These new polymer engineering innovations can help Wisconsin plastics manufacturers remain competitive within the global economy, particularly through manufacturing of high-end-value, advanced polymer products for various industries.

There will be hands-on sessions led by University of Wisconsin researchers to discuss results from ongoing industry pilot projects using emerging polymer processing technologies such as biopolymers and microcellular nanocomposites.

At the June 9 evening banquet, keynote speaker Bruce Beihoff, Director of Innovation and Technology, Whirlpool Corp., will speak about "The Process of Developing Innovative Processes: Opportunities for Wisconsin and the United States."

Employment in Wisconsins plastics industry ranks tenth in the nation, totaling more than 53,500 jobs, and the state is ranked 12th in the nation for plastics shipments, totaling $9.9 billion in 2001, according to Plastics Data Source.

This university-industry conference to enhance economic growth is sponsored as part of a Partnership for Innovationresearch grant from the National Science Foundation, and led by the UW Polymer Engineering Center and the UW E-Business Institute in partnership with the State of Wisconsin and other UW campuses, technical colleges and corporations in the states plastics manufacturing cluster.

Conference agenda & registrations: http://pec.engr.wisc.edu

Nancy Gores
Communications, Marketing & Events
UW E-Business Consortium
& UW E-Business Institute
Voice: (608) 265-3299
Fax: (608) 262-8454

-- Nancy Gores

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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