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page 63 | OCTOBER 2011 | PLASTICS ENGINEERING |5fromSPESPE EUROTEC is finally here! This conference has been three years inthe making, and it represents SPE's first foray into holding ANTEC-styleconferencing outside North America.EUROTEC is being held in Barcelona, Spain, in conjunction withEquiplast on November 14-15.We have enjoyed wonderful support from SPE's European membergroups, and are especially grateful to those companies sponsoring theevent: SABIC, Ticona, A. Schulman, and PolyOne.The effort has been led by SPE's European Board. I want to particularlythank the technical program chairs for all the hard work they have doneto make EUROTEC a quality conference-in keeping with SPE's tradi-tion of excellence. Technical program chairs for the conference areDominique Duriez of SPE's France Section, and Bernhard Peters of SPE'sCentral Europe Section. Additional leadership and help in getting all ofthe program and arrangements in shape could not have been possiblewithout Djamila Gonzalez of SPE's Spain Section, Alain Dirven of SPE'sRapid Design, Engineering and Mold Making SIG, and Olivier Crave ofSPE France and a member of SPE's Executive Committee.I would also be remiss if I did not personally thank Past President KenBraney and our own Conference Director, Lesley Kyle, both of whomhave been tirelessly involved since the beginning of this effort in everyaspect of the conference.In addition to the conference, a number of SPE groups are holdingmeetings in conjunction with EUROTEC, so we will have not only awonderful conference, but also a real gathering of our members and lead-ers in Europe. Support for this activity from U.S.-based member groupshas likewise been strong, and I am looking forward to seeing many ofSPE's American colleagues there as well.*****This is my last opportunity to thank you all for the honor of serving asyour Executive Director before stepping down at the end of this year. Mytime with SPE has been wonderful, thanks to all the staff, volunteers,leaders, and members who have made this experience the highpoint of mycareer. I wish you all the very best.