Airport Transportation Update

Many cities, like Grand Rapids, are suffering from a lack of taxi cabs and ride share vehicles. As a result, Experience Grand Rapids (the Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau), has partnered with Destination Consultants to provide affordable transportation to/from the airport and the Amway Grand Hotel.

The one-way fee is $15, and the motor coaches pick up and drop off at the Lyon Street entrance of the Amway Grand Hotel. Motorcoaches depart every hour, on the hour. To reserve your seat at the airport, look for the Experience Grand Rapids Visitor Information Desk in Baggage Claim. A staff person will also be available to assist you at the Amway Grand (Lyon Street Entrance) during the operating hours below.

Transportation service is available as follows:

Monday, September 20: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 22: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Conference registration, the exhibits, technical sessions, the Student RC Car Race, Parts Competition and Welcome Reception will be held at DeVos Place.

DeVos Place address: 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Click here for directions and parking

Registration is located outside Exhibit Hall BC in DeVos Place. Registration hours are:

Sunday, September 19: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, September 20: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 22: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Conference Registration – Click Here To Register

COVID Safety Precautions
Conference Registration Fees
Conference Code of Conduct
Pandemic Response Showcase Entry Form

Held Virtually and In-Person!

Attendees may participate in the online version of our conference or in person in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Virtual Conference – NEW!
All conference exhibitors have the option to set up their booth virtually, and virtual conference attendees will be able to visit and meet with our exhibitors at no additional charge!  Portions of the workshops and all of the educational sessions will also be broadcast online.

The Parts Competition, Student RC Car Race, Welcome Reception and Thermoforming Awards Dinner/Post-Dinner Networking Reception will be available to attendees in Grand Rapids.  These events will not be broadcast online.

In-Person Conference
The exhibits, educational sessions, workshops, keynote presentation, Parts Competition and Student RC Car Race will be held at DeVos Place.  The Thermoforming Awards Dinner will be held at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Hotel.

Conference Workshops
Workshops focusing on fundamentals and troubleshooting will help your technical staff gain practical insight into the thermoforming process.  Full conference registration includes your choice of two full-day technical workshops (heavy gauge or thin gauge) and the Executive Forum. 

The Executive Forum session content is geared toward C-Suite level leaders and company owners.

Please note:  only a portion of the workshops will be broadcast as part of the virtual (online) conference.  To participate in an entire workshop, you must do so in Grand Rapids.  Click Here for more information.

Educational Sessions
Our comprehensive conference program includes technical presentations by recognized industry experts, featuring new and exciting developments in our industry. Attend your choice of presentations delivered by your peers!

All Tuesday and Wednesday, September 21 and 22, educational sessions are scheduled to be broadcasted online. Click here for more information.

Sponsors and Exhibitors
The Conference is the premier forum where the newest techniques and the latest trends in machinery, materials and equipment are unveiled.  Learn More.

Parts Competition
The Parts Competition showcases the latest advances in thermoforming design and application. Multiple submission and award categories in roll-fed and cut-sheet deliver unparalleled marketing exposure to conference attendees and the press. Winning parts benefit from full coverage on the Division’s website and in SPE Thermoforming Quarterly® magazine and are usually featured in leading industry magazines. Learn more about the Parts Competition here

Pandemic Response Showcase
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for product submissions from companies that answered the call for and manufactured products used in the battle against COVID-19.

Product submission examples include:

  • Face coverings: including masks and face shields
  • Equipment enclosures used to limit the spread of the virus or to treat infected patients

Submissions will be displayed on the exhibit hall floor along with each company’s name and product information. Entries are for display purposes only and will not be judged. Participation in the showcase is free, but entrants must complete and submit the entry form by September 3. Download the form.

Thermoforming Awards Dinner
During the Awards Dinner, we will present the Thermoformer of the Year Award and recognize prior recipients for their contributions to our industry.

ArtPrize Returns during the SPE Thermoforming Conference®!

ArtPrize® is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It celebrates artists working in all mediums from anywhere in the world, and is open to any creative with an artwork to enter and a venue willing to host it.
For 18 days, art is exhibited throughout the city in public parks and museums, in galleries and vacant storefronts, in bars and on bridges. ArtPrize awards $450,000 directly to artists, through grants to support their ambitious work and through prizes which the public decides through the ArtPrize mobile app.
Since its inception in 2009, millions have participated in ArtPrize, displaying their work, opening their spaces to artists and visitors from around the world, and sparking countless conversations about what art is and why it matters.
If you attended the 2012 Conference in Grand Rapids, this is the same unique and fascinating event! Learn more about ArtPrize at

Conference Attendee Waiver
Final Conference Program
At-A-Glance Schedule


 Contact Lesley Kyle, Conference Coordinator 
 Phone: 914-671-9524