NPE2015 shaping up to be largest ever
Record number of exhibitors to occupy record amount of space; 43% of exhibitors and 28% of visitors will come from outside the U.S.
Exhibit space sales and visitor registrations are far outpacing those at the same time in 2012, making it likely that NPE2015 will be the largest show in NPE history.
According to show sponsor SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, the number of exhibitors will 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 so far already 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, SPI said. “A record 43% of all exhibitors will come to NPE2015 directly from outside the U.S. – a figure that does not include many companies based in other countries but exhibiting through their U.S. subsidiaries,” SPI said. “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% of the total attendance, including a record number from Latin America – approximately 6,500 attendees.
Also, more than 600 exhibiting companies say they will have machinery at their booths and over 400 will be operating equipment.
“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. “There will be more equipment on the show floor 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.”
NPE2015 takes place from March 23-27 in Orlando, Fla.