Signs of life at NPE2009
With the outside temperature topping almost 100F, Chicago was more hot than windy during the last week of June -- but that didn't stop plastics professionals from nearly 19,000 companies from turning out for NPE2009. Held from June 22 to June...
July 1, 2009 by Canadian Plastics
With the outside temperature topping almost 100F, Chicago was more hot than windy during the last week of June — but that didn’t stop plastics professionals from nearly 19,000 companies from turning out for NPE2009.
Held from June 22 to June 26, the trade show portion of the event had 1,851 exhibiting companies. The preliminary total of visitor registrations by the close of the show on was 44,000.
According to the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), which operates NPE, attendee registrants from Canada and Mexico made up the largest national groups attending the 2009 show.
While the total registration figure was about 30 per cent below the corresponding number for NPE2006, the number of companies represented by registrants was down only 17 per cent, indicating a relatively strong level of buying power.
“Attendance has been down in general at the show, but what we found is that the people who are here are serious, and I was delightfully surprised to see more Canadian interest at this show than at the previous show in 2006,” said Larry Pascucci, general manager, Negri Bossi Inc.
Co-located with NPE2009 was the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC 2009, the MoldMaking Expo 2009 show, and a variety of seminars, design awards, presentations and other events.
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