The Plastics Industry Association, producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, announced the opening of attendee registration for the industry’s largest trade show in the Americas.
According to the organiser, every three years NPE offers the plastics industry a global platform to highlight innovation throughout the industry across a show floor that features more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. More than 2,100+ exhibitors are expected to spotlight their latest technologies, equipment and machinery, materials, and processes across 13 distinct technology zones, including 3D/4D printing, bottling, robotics and automation, and flexible and rigid packaging.
“NPE2021 is the premier event for all sectors of the plastic industry to network, exchange ideas, and see the latest innovations molding the future of plastics,” said President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association, Tony Radoszewski, CAE. “Attendees will be able to learn about emerging plastics trends; purchase the latest machinery, materials, and equipment that are revolutionizing manufacturing; and connect with industry leaders.”
“Given the challenges of the past six months, it is vitally important for the plastics community to come together and support each other with a positive outlook to the future,” said Radoszewski. “NPE2021 will be the place not only to highlight key contributions in the world’s response to the coronavirus but also to see what’s coming from businesses across an industry that will transform tomorrow.”
Earlier this year, the association held the show’s Space Draw for priority exhibit space selection. This was the first time the Space Draw was conducted completely online. Previously, NPE exhibitors needed to attend an in-person event in Orlando to select their exhibit space. It was the second-largest space selection event in the history of the show, just 1 % shy of the all-time record, and subsequent sales have resulted in a show floor exceeding 1 million net square feet of space sold to nearly 1,200 participating companies.
„Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen overwhelming interest and enthusiasm by exhibitors reserving their show floor spaces,” said Susan Krys, Vice President, Trade Shows, at the Plastics Industry Association. “That’s a clear indicator that companies are looking to NPE2021 to be the platform that will enable them to drive their businesses forward. Their confidence in NPE providing them with that important marketplace speaks to the strength of the show and the role it will play in their future success.”
As the plastics industry continues to help in the fight against COVID-19, NPE will highlight both transformed manufacturing processes and redesigned supply chain operations that deliver personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. The trade show will also feature the latest evolutions in MedTech and 3D/4D printing that are keeping first responders and frontline workers safe against the coronavirus. By bringing companies at the forefront of plastics manufacturing together, the industry will be able to collaboratively solve today’s needs and reimagine how to meet tomorrow’s challenges, said the organiser.
NPE2021 returns to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida from 17 – 21 May 2021. Earlier this summer, the OCCC was awarded a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. It is a clear indication that the home of NPE2021 remains proactive in adopting critical health and safety measures moving forward, said the Plastics Industry Association.