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NPE2018 to feature new Medical Parts Processing Zone

The new sector-specific zone, to be located on the show floor in the South Building, will focus on plastics materials, processes and technology advances for medical devices and diagnostics in healthcare industries.


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November 29, 2017 by Canadian Plastics

A new Medical Parts Processing Zone will be one of the features of the Technology Zones at the upcoming NPE2018 trade show in Orlando, Fla. in May 2018.

This new sector-specific zone, to be located on the show floor in the South Building, will focus on plastics materials, processes and technology advances for medical devices and diagnostics in healthcare industries.

“Propelling the demand for this specialized zone is the forecasted three percent growth in revenue from medical device manufacturing anticipated by 2023,” said Glenn Anderson, NPE2018 Executive Committee Chair. “This growth is centered around the emerging trend of using plastics in the medical and healthcare industries to create pioneering medical devices, equipment and treatment items. Breakthroughs in the use of plastics will drive future medical care efficiencies and bring life-saving advances to hospitals globally. The Medical Parts Processing Zone will connect new technology providers with equipment manufacturers to source medical innovations and support the business initiatives of vertical market attendees.”

The use of plastics in cleanroom technology is providing “cost effective and environmentally friendly innovations” to the medical industry, Anderson continued. “It is imperative that sterile medical equipment is manufactured in a state of the art controlled environment. The equipment, supplies and solutions making this possible will be among the highlights in the zone and will give attendees the opportunity to explore options that meet the medical industry’s high business standards.”

The new zone will feature technologies ranging from barrier technology to 3D-printed prosthetics to new treatment methods. “Medical manufacturers can find the robotics, automation and supplies for tomorrow’s health care not only in the Medical Parts Processing Zone, but throughout the Technology Zones in the Material Science, Flexible Vinyl, 3D/4D Printing, Thermoforming and Processors Zones,” Anderson said.

NPE2018 will feature 11 Technology Zones in total. Other highlights include the new Bottle Zone, as well as an expanded Re|focus Zone and 3D/4D Printing Zone, all designed to address the growing market demands, highlight innovations and technologies, and provide customized education.

NPE2018 is scheduled for May 7-11, 2018 at Orlando’s Orange Country Convention Center.