AKRON (Jan. 14)—Senior plastics industry leaders will converge in Phoenix Jan. 26-29 for Executive Forum 2003, a business conference that will explore prospects for key plastics materials and end markets, as well as various best management practices. The conference, organized by Rubber & Plastics News sister publication Plastics News, will feature 30 presenters who will address such topics as lean manufacturing, speed-to-market strategies, supply-chain optimization, merger and acquisition trends, global competition, resin buying practices, and industrial design. Speakers include executives from such companies as Tupperware Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Medtronic Inc., Flextronics International, Pitney Bowes, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Collins & Aikman Corp., Nypro Inc., and Ernst & Young Corporate Finance Inc. Material producer executives and independent analysts will offer their views into supply/demand and applications prospects for thermoplastic elastomers, polyethylene, nylon, PET and polycarbonate, as well as insights about the compounding sector. The $1,095 registration fee includes two full conference days, plus various meals and networking receptions. For details, go to http://www.plasticsnews.com/forum2003 or call 888-368-7229.