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34th Annual Blow Molding Conference

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
October 8th – 10th, 2018

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

The Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square is the site for the 2018 Annual Blow Molding Conference.  ABC 2018 will feature industry speakers offering presentations on packaging, medical and industrial applications, machinery and design innovations, and materials and processing, to name a few. Pittsburgh has a state-of-the-art airport with non-stop service to hundreds of cities across the U.S. Many plastics related businesses and manufacturing sites within driving distance of Pittsburgh making this another ideal location for the ABC. Make plans now to attend this premier event solely for the blow molding industry!

Make plans now to attend this premier event solely for the blow molding industry!

All attendees of ABC 2018 will enjoy a discounted room rate of $175. Make your reservation here.

If you have questions or require additional assistance,
please call the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square directly at (412) 261-2000.

If you receive a call from “Expo Housing Service” requesting that you book your accommodations for the ABC through their service, PLEASE DO NOT USE THEM. This is a scam service that trolls the internet looking for conferences, takes that information and pretends to be contracted by the event’s hotel to book rooms on their behalf. If you receive a call from anyone at this company, DO NOT book with them under any circumstances.  If you did book a room through their service, you should check with the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square as you may not actually have a room at the hotel.

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2018 Conference Schedule

Monday, October 8, 2018
1:00 – 4:00PM
“Plastic 101’s.” Choose from a full schedule of 45 minute seminars covering topics from engineering processes to machinery and materials overviews.

5:00 – 7:00PM
Join us for the Welcome Reception and Exhibits, a great way to kick off ABC 2018.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
8:30AM – 5:30PM
Keynote speaker, General and Technical Sessions

5:30 – 7:30PM
The SPE Blow Molding Division’s annual awards will be presented at the dinner cruise and awards program on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, Pittsburgh’s popular fleet of riverboats which will travel the city’s three rivers – the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio. The fleet is named after the city of Pittsburgh, which in earlier times was known as the “Gateway to the West.”

The awards program which will recognize student scholarships, student design winners and winners of the 6th Annual Blow Molded Parts Competition.  A special segment of the evening will be dedicated to the Division’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
8:30AM – Noon
Concurrent Technical Sessions with Conference concluding after Lunch

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Sponsorships and Exhibits

Division Sponsorships and Exhibit Opportunities

Highlight your company’s profile at the conference and support the SPE Blow Molding Division. Your sponsorship dollars provide educational grants to students, help recruit new members to the Division and support the Annual Blow Molding Conference—an unparalleled networking platform for current and prospective blow molding professionals.

Exhibit locations are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early and reserve your spot by completing the ABC 2018 Sponsor Registration Form below. Also for your consideration, a new opportunity is available as a Conference Sponsor which includes a 5-minute presentation about your company to be offered at the conclusion of the General Sessions on Day One of the ABC.  Click on Sponsor Benefits below for more details.

Questions, contact Deirdre Turner at (248) 505-5136 or

6th Annual Blow Molded Parts Competition

We are looking for new, innovative blow molding parts, commercialized within the last two years, for the 6th Annual Blow Molded Parts Competition. All attendees, speakers and sponsors are eligible to enter a part in the Competition. The Competition encourages an exchange of technology and concepts in designs, manufacturing methods, material applications, molding and sustainability. There are categories for both Packaging and Industrial Applications, as listed in the entry form.

The entry form and submission guidelines can be found here.


Travel Information

The Sheraton Station Square is Pittsburgh’s only riverfront hotel and located approximately 20 miles from Pittsburgh International Airport. Transportation from the airport to the hotel includes taxi (estimated fare is $40USD one-way) and Super Shuttle ($26USD one-way) which runs every 15-30 minutes from the airport.  Reservations are recommended for the Super Shuttle. Call (800) 258-3826 for shuttle reservations.