As part of its mission to increase awareness of the innovative use of plastics in industry and daily life, the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has formed partnerships and alliances with a variety of organizations.
Government, National Laboratories and Institutes
Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office
The DOE Vehicle Technologies Office’s research and development into lightweight materials is essential for lowering their cost, increasing their ability to be recycled, enabling their integration into vehicles, and maximizing their fuel economy benefits.
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
NHTSA’S mission is to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity.
Environmental Protection Agency, National Vehicle and Fuel Emission Laboratory (NVFEL)
NVFEL is part of the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality whose mission is to protect human health and the environment by reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources.
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Argonne National Laboratory has developed technologies for separating plastics from automotive shredder residue (ASR).
Professional and Trade Associations
American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
ACMA is the world’s largest composites industry trade group.
Canadian Plastics Industry Association
The Canadian Plastics Industry Association strives to advance the prosperity and international competitiveness of the Canadian plastics industry in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Center for Automotive Research
The Center for Automotive Research was created to conduct research in significant issues related to the future direction of the global automotive industry and organize and conduct forums of value to the automotive community.
Original Equipment Supplier Association (OESA)
OESA provides a strategic forum for the automotive industry’s original equipment suppliers.
PlasticsEurope is the European trade association headquartered in Brussels that represents the European plastics value chain.
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)
The Plastics Industry Association, formerly SPI, is the trade association representing the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Technical information on cars, aircraft, trucks, buses, and much more.
Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is a network of plastics professionals around the world.
Society of Plastics Engineers – Automotive Division
The SPE Automotive Division is dedicated to recognizing and communicating technical accomplishments of new automotive plastics and plastic based composite applications. The Division hosts the annual Innovation Awards to recognize innovation in the field of automotive plastics. and the Automotive Composites Conference and Exposition (ACCE).
Society of Plastics Engineers – Detroit Section
The SPE Detroit Section promotes the scientific and engineering knowledge related to plastics. Among its events, the Section hosts the annual AutoEPCON and global TPO conferences.
Colleges, Universities and Plastics Education
College for Creative Studies, Transportation Design
The Transportation Design program at the College for Creative Studies educates sought-after designers whose influence in the transportation industry is unparalleled. Student designers of tomorrow are creating remarkable plastics-intensive vehicle concept cars today. Watch this 3 minute video to learn more.
Ferris State University, Plastics Engineering Technology
Ferris State University is a top technical and professional university, providing the education to make its graduates immediately employable in their chosen fields.
ACC has partnered with the College of Engineering to offer a polymer and composites engineering course where students are able to further their interest in these materials and learn skills that are immediately transferable into the workplace.
Illinois Institute of Technology, Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering
The Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department is composed of a research program and undergraduate and graduate specialization education programs.
Michigan State University, Composite Vehicle Research Center
The Composite Vehicle Research Center focuses on the design and testing of composite structures for light-weight, environment-friendly, durable and safe vehicles.
Penn State University, Behrend
The only plastics-specific undergraduate degree program in the Penn State system, and one of only four accredited programs in the United States. PSU developed curriculum materials for an elementary college-level Plastics 101 course.
Penn State University, Plastics Training Academy
The academy’s training topics range from basic plastics processes to today’s most advanced plastics technologies.
University of Akron, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
The College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering is comprised of the Akron Polymer Training Center, EPIC Applied Research Laboratory, EPIC-Hanna Blending and Compounding Center, the Molding Technology Center
University of Delaware, Center for Composite Materials
Founded in 1974, CCM is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary center of excellence for composites education and research.
University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Department of Plastics Engineering
The Department of Plastics Engineering at U-Mass includes the Institute for Plastics Innovation, the Plastics Recycling Technology Development Center, and the NSF Center for Biodegradable Polymer Research.