The William States Lee College of Engineering

Dr. Roger Tipton’s Explores Innovations in Plastics at NPE2024


Date: May 6, 2024

Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida


NPE2024: The Plastics Show, organized by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), kicked off on May 6, 2024, at the Orange County Convention Center. With over 2,000 exhibiting companies and more than 55,000 expected attendees, this triennial event is the most anticipated plastics exposition in the Americas1. Among the distinguished visitors was Dr. Roger Tipton, a renowned expert in polymer science and sustainability.

Exploring New Polymer and Plastics Technology

Dr. Tipton eagerly explored the exhibition halls, where cutting-edge polymer and plastics technology took center stage. From sustainable materials to advanced processing techniques, NPE2024 showcased innovations that promise to shape the future of the industry. Dr. Tipton was particularly impressed by:

  • Bio-Based Polymers: Companies presented novel bio-based polymers derived from renewable resources, emphasizing environmental responsibility.
  • Smart Packaging Solutions: Intelligent packaging materials like PHA that enhance product safety, freshness, sustainability, and traceability caught Dr. Tipton’s attention.
  • Recycling Innovations: Advances in recycling technology demonstrated the industry’s commitment to circularity and reducing plastic waste.

Reconnecting with Colleagues

NPE2024 provided an excellent platform for networking and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. Professor Tipton engaged in lively discussions about the latest research, sustainability initiatives, and collaborative opportunities. As he put it, “NPE is where ideas converge, and relationships flourish.”

Advancing Polymer Science and Sustainability

During panel discussions and technical sessions, Dr. Tipton spent time on sustainable practices, circular economy models, and the role of academia in driving innovation. His passion for advancing polymer science resonated with fellow attendees, reinforcing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Looking Ahead

As NPE2024 concluded, Dr. Tipton expressed optimism about the industry’s future. “We’re witnessing a transformative era,” he said. “Plastics can be part of the solution, provided we prioritize sustainability and responsible use.”

Save the Dates

For those inspired by NPE2024, mark your calendars for future shows:

  • NPE2027: May 3 – 7, 2027, in Orlando, Florida.
  • NPE2030: May 6 – 10, 2030, also in Orlando.
  • NPE2033: May 2 – 6, 2033, once again at the Orange County Convention Center.

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About NPE2024: Every three years, NPE brings together industry leaders, visionaries, and technology enthusiasts to drive exponential growth through innovations in plastics. Join us next time!2