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NPE2024 wraps up

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More than 50,000 attendees turned out to see more than 2,300 exhibitors.

The NPE2024 trade show has wrapped up, having drawn more than 50,000 attendees.

The final attendance figures have not been released yet, but the show had exceeded 50,000 registrants by May 7, its second day of operation.

The show ran from May 6-10 at the Orange County Convention Centre (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla.

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The triennial trade show – which was cancelled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic – is the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, and featured over 2,300 exhibitors within more than 1.1 million net square feet of exhibit space.

More than 15,000 international registrants marked the most international show in NPE’s history, show organizers said. Representatives from 133 countries – or 68.2 per cent of nations worldwide  attended, representing a 9.9 per cent increase of countries compared to NPE2018. The show also drew young and first-time attendees: Sixty-three per cent of the attendees were first-time visitors to NPE, and 30 per cent of overall attendees were under the age of 40.

And during the after hours, two big show-related events were the FLiP & Sip Reception – for showgoers under 40 – and the Women in Plastics Breakfast, which drew 1,000 and 600 attendees respectively.

“It’s been an amazing week,” said Glenn Anderson, COO and EVP, Trade Shows for the Plastics Industry Association, which organizes the event. “After a six-year hiatus, attendees were hungry to see new technology on display in all processing segments. Between the bustling exhibit area, the robust educational program and the new networking opportunities, NPE2024 satisfied that hunger.”

The next edition of the show, NPE2027 is scheduled for May 3-7, 2027, at the OCCC.

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