At last week’s SPE’s Annual General Meeting and seminar on Energetic Polymers, Robert Dvorak, International Projects Manager at Nextek Ltd was elected as the President for 2011-12.
Robert has been involved in the Society since 1999 and has held previous Board positions and was speaker at its first seminar in 1999. Robert has recently moved back to Australia after 5 years in the UK.
At the AGM Robert thanked Lex Edmond and the Committee for their leadership in growing the Society and providing educational and networking opportunities for the industry through SPE’s seminar series.
Robert believes that the Society plays an important role in the plastics and rubber industries by providing educational and networking opportunities and highlighting technology developments and material innovations that are occurring in our industry. The Society is currently planning a programme of its seminars for 2012 and this will be published on its website (www.plastics.org.au) in the next few months.
The priorities for 2012 include:
Focus on Australian & NZ Innovations in industry and academic research
Focus on increased activities in Qld and SA
Increased interaction with Asian SPE societies and highlight leading Aust-NZ industry innovations and R&D in the region
Continued Focus on Education by holding a career seminar, sponsoring the ANTEC award for a leading Australian research student and sponsoring awards at Kangan Batman and Lidcombe TAFE’s
Improved communication with industry on how SPE can better serve its members and the local industry
Continued collaboration with other industry groups and associations.
Improved SPE website
Robert commented that the pace of change, the need for collaboration & sharing of information, changes in markets, technology and govt policy push our industry every day and for this reason it is important that we embrace change as it offers our industry new opportunities.