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ANTEC® 2011: Expectations of Renewal

from By Michael Tolinski

During the first five days of May in Boston, the new spring growth in the region will be a fitting backdrop for the signs of economic renewal sought by ANTEC attendees. Positive economic signs are pointing to a "sunnier" business climate for the event, compared with recent years. One survey reported by Plastics News indicated that 45 percent of reader/responders in 2010 had the attitude that the economy was "very" or "somewhat" favorable. This percentage was greater than the percentage of "unfavorable" responses; and it was much greater than the only 22 percent "favorable" responses in the publication's 2009 survey.

This year's event will couple a perhaps cautiously optimistic mood with the determination of an industry to become even more relevant in the areas of medicine, energy efficiency, and "green" materials. Here is a preview of some of ANTEC 2011's highlights and themes.

This article appears in the March 2011 issue of SPE's Plastics Engineering magazine. more

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