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2015 CAD RETEC Registration Open!
Oct 4-6,  Indy
Presentations, Exhibits, Pre-Conference Tutorial,  Golf, Fun Run, Welcome and Networking Receptions, Awards Luncheon, Color Trends Panel Discussion, Raffle Prizes -- Dont Miss It!
September 14-16, 2014
Online Proceedings 
Memorial:  Bob Charvat, SPE Fellow and Emeritus Member (1930-2014)
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The 53rd Annual Society of Plastics Engineers Color and Appearance Division RETEC® is quickly approaching.  CAD RETEC® 2015 “Winning with Color “will be held in Indianapolis, which a great venue to meet and discuss color.  We will be joined by members of the Inter-Society Color Council, ISCC, which is an organization that shares our dedication to color education and communication. Their contribution to the conference promises to enrich the technical program.  CAD RETEC® 2015 is the world’s largest technical conference in North America that is specifically dedicated to the color and appearance of plastics.

Registration is now open!
Register before September 4 to save $100.
Golf Outing Information is Posted.
Now taking Exhibitors Reservations  
Hotel block is filling up fast.  Reserve your room now.
Announcement:  Sadly, board member Dr. Steve Goldstein passed away suddenly and unexpectedly  on June 26th, 2015. Here is a link to his tribute page and arrangment details.



 SPE CAD is proud to sponsor and manage the Endowment Scholarship Program. Each year up to 5 college scholarships are awarded to students pursuing technical degress with an interest in the coloring of plastics industry. The Endowment Fund was built over the years by proceeds from CAD RETECs. Scholarship awards began in 2006 when the Endowment fund became large enough to be self-sustaining. Since 2006, we've awarded $68,000 to students enrolled in in courses related to the plastics industry.

Scholarship Applications: Now accepting applications for scholarships for 2016-2017school year!
Deadline for application submittal: June 3, 2016.





Affiliated Conferences/Meetings

Full list of upcoming conferences related to color and appearance,





SPECAD Conference Archive CD

Now available for purchase:  SPE CAD Conference Archive DVD (1961-2007)

This is a compilation of every CAD RETEC and ANTEC (CAD Sessions only) Conference  from our beginning in 1961 to 2007.  That's 86 conferences, 972 technical papers, and 9,168 pages of content.   The DVD has a fully text search feature so you can find relevant articles quickly.  You can also browse the DVD content by Author or by Conference.


To order your copy, complete the appropriate fields  in  the SPE CAD INTERNET STORE.


Pricing- $200 for SPE members and $300 for non-SPE members.  

Archive DVD overview (pdf)





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The SPE Color and Appearance Page (SPE CAD) replaces our Facebook Group.   To find the SPECAD page, click here OR on facebook search for SPE Color and Appearance Division.  To receive updates from our Facebook Page, just "like" us on our page.   ( is not affiliated with SPE.) 


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We'll use Twitter at the or SPE CAD RETEC conferences to send reminders and let attendees and fans communicate about the conference via "tweeting" during the show.  If you're a fan of Twitter, visit us and click "follow" to get the latest twitter updates on CADRETEC. Alternately, you may search CADRETEC from your Twitter Home Page to find us. ( is not affiliated with SPE.)




Pinnacle Award 2012

The Color & Appearance Technical Division is pleased to announce that once again we are an award winning division of SPE!  We were Gold Pinnacle Award winners for our contributions and efforts to the membership and industry during 2014. SPE CAD has been awarded the Pinnacle Award every year since it was first given in 2005.





The Color & Appearance Technical Division is pleased to announce that we won the highest level of the Communications Excellence Award 2014.



SPE CAD encourages all interested parties to become members of the International Society of Plastics Engineers.  This organization is dedicated to the communication and education in the art & science of coloring plastics.  Specify Division D21 as your primiary division to be included in all future CAD communications.

How to Become a Member 




Your elected CAD Board is Directors is very busy behind the scenes planning the next conference and networking opportunity.  There are 32 volunteer board members to support the approximately 1200 global CAD members.  Review our meeting minutes, newsletters, and events to see the latest information on our division's activities.  

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Need to reach us or want to know who is on the CAD Board of Directors?  Download a fresh list of SPE CAD officers and directors with complete contact information. This document also lists the current officers and directors and their terms.

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Visit the SPE CAD Photo Gallery  to see pictures from past CAD RETEC and ANTEC conferences. 

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SPE CAD Mission Statement

The Color and Appearance Division of SPE strives to educate, train, inform and to provide professional interaction opportunities to the global community involved in visual performance and aesthetics of plastics.
-Color and Appearance Division / International Society of Plastics Engineers

Our membership consists of mainly technical professionals from plastics producers, colorant and masterbatch producers, and plastics compounders and those working upstream and downstream in the supply chain. These pages serve our members and the community of plastics color specialists around the world.

We engineer the color and appearance of plastics, by attending to

Selection and use of colorants and modifiers.
Measurement and matching of color.
Effects of colorants and additives on product durability and weathering.
Safety in handling, end use, and disposal or recycling.
Product quality and cost.
Equipment and processes to get the job done right.

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