SPE Thermoforming Division Announces Biennial Parts Competition Call for Entries

This year’s parts competition includes two new categories with a focus in innovations in the use of sustainable thermoforming and in applications for electric vehicles and batteries.  


The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its biennial parts competition, including two new categories that will feature innovations in the use of sustainable thermoforming, and also innovations in applications for electric vehicles (EV’s) and batteries. The submission deadline is September 23, 2023.

Competition entries will be displayed on the exhibit hall floor during the 29th SPE Thermoforming Conference, which will be held October 23-26 at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Awards for winning parts will be presented during the SPE Thermoforming Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 24, at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Tower.

Competition entrants may submit parts in seven categories:

 ▪  Roll-fed categories are industrial, medical or food.

 ▪  Heavy-gauge categories are vacuum form, pressure form, and twin sheet.

 ▪  Parts produced with recycled/sustainable materials.

 ▪  Production parts from 3D-printed tooling.

 ▪  New this year: Parts produced with sustainable thermoforming.

 ▪  New this year: Parts produced for EV’s and battery applications.

Said Travis Kieffer, 2023 SPE Thermoforming Conference parts competition chair, “At our last conference in 2021, we introduced 3D printing as a new category for our parts competition. This year we’re pleased to open the competition to two new categories that are especially timely: bioplastics, and EV/battery applications. We are seeking part entries that show innovative use of the thermoforming process for parts production.”

Guidelines for Competition entrants and the required product entry form are posted online at All product images and descriptions must be emailed to Travis Kieffer at by the September 23 deadline.