Plastics Co. Holds Global Conference at UML

11/26/2007
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LOWELL ߝ Nypro Inc. will hold its annual Global Technical Conference at the University of Massachusetts Lowell from Monday, Nov. 26 through Thursday, Nov. 29, featuring programs focused on developing new ideas that will translate into leading-edge products.

Plastics maker Nypro has operations around the world and is headquartered in Clinton, Mass. The company ߝ which makes everything from cell phones and medical devices to the plastic packaging that holds dental floss and baby wipes ߝ has a more than 20-year relationship with UMass Lowell, working with faculty and students to move products from concept to the marketplace, including through the state-of-the art Nypro Precision Injection Molding Laboratory located on the University’s North Campus.

Over the four-day event, representatives from Nypro, as well as other companies working in emerging technologies, will gather at UMass Lowell to discuss their areas of specialization and brainstorm with University experts about how new products and manufacturing processes can be turned into real-world business. Some of the applications include health care, packaging and consumer electronics, such as disposable medical devices and even cameras.

“We chose the University of Massachusetts Lowell for this conference because it is one of the world’s leading plastics universities,” said Ted Lapres, Nypro’s president and CEO.

“Nypro wanted to focus on technology, especially ‘green’ plastics and nanomanufacturing, two areas of significant advancement in the last few years. They recognize UMass Lowell as a leader in these areas,” said Robert Malloy, chair of the UML Department of Plastics Engineering, who will deliver a state of the industry presentation on the opening day of the conference.

Conference events also include talks by UMass Lowell and other experts on market trends in areas like biodegradable plastics, safety and environmental responsibility in plastics manufacturing, and nano- and bio-manufacturing. Conference attendees will tour the University’s Department of Plastics Engineering and labs.

UML students will take part in the event, including through a career night with representatives of participating companies on opening night and exhibits of their projects on the final day of the conference.

City of Lowell officials are also scheduled to take part in the conference, including Theresa Park, director of economic development, who will speak on the city’s history and how its mills have gone from centers for textile manufacturing to centers for new technologies.

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