The NPE2015: International Plastics Showcase, on tap March 23-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, is not only the largest in its 69-year history, but it also is drawing the highest attendance ever, especially from overseas.
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which owns the show, projects the number of exhibitors to match and possibly exceed the record of 2,009 set at NPE2000 and attendance will reach 60,000, well above the total for the successful 2012 show.
The amount of exhibit space taken exceeds the previous record set at NPE2000 and is expected to total 1,060,000 net square feet.
Even more dramatic growth has taken place in international participation. A record 43 percent of all exhibitors will come to NPE2015 directly from outside the US – a figure that does not include many companies based in other countries but exhibiting through their US subsidiaries.
International exhibitors at NPE2015 will come from 37 countries, including the largest contingent ever from China and substantial participation from Canada, Italy, Taiwan, Germany, India, Turkey, Switzerland, France and South Korea.
As for attendance, SPI projects that international visitors will account for 28 percent of the total attendance, including a record number from Latin America – approximately 6,500 attendees.
“The great size and international makeup of NPE2015 reflects the importance and value of plastics and plastics manufacturing in our world,” said Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president of trade shows and conferences.
He added, “There will be more equipment on the showfloor than at any previous NPE, more machinery in actual production, more opportunities to connect with designers and material suppliers, a more extensive conference program, and timely new exhibit features such as NPE3D, the Zero Waste Zone, IDSA’s Design Center, and the Startup Garage. In plain words, this will be a show that is not to be missed.”
More than 600 exhibiting companies say they will have machinery at their booths and more than 400 will be operating equipment.
Among the many material suppliers taking part in NPE2015, thirteen will maintain large “customer service centers” occupying a total of 56,000 sq.ft.
These centers will provide comfortable settings conducive to discussion, information exchange, and relationship building with customers and prospects.
Moving to Orlando from Chicago, SPI recently signed on to keep NPE in the city through 2021, with an option for 2024 as well.
- Industry News