- NPE - THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS SHOWCASE 2012
01 - 05 Apr.
NPE - THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS SHOWCASE 2012
Exhibits at NPE2012 will reflect the entire range of industrial and consumer
applications of plastics and provide an advance look at product innovations that
will improve the lives of people everywhere. Typical examples from past NPEs
range from design concepts for tomorrow’s automobiles or kitchen counters to the
latest commercial breakthroughs in critical medical devices, micro-precise
electronic connectors, stylish cosmetics containers, power-tool housings, optical
storage media, home insulation, automated toys, metal-replacing gears, and rubberreplacing gaskets.
The Society of Plastics Industry Inc. said 55,359 people registered to attend the four-day NPE2012 in Orlando, up 26 percent from the five-day show in Chicago in 2009. Since NPE2009 was held in the gloom of the Great Recession, and these days manufacturing is humming, comparing total attendance numbers from 2009 and 2012 is like comparing apples -- or in this case, Chicago-style deep dish pizza -- to oranges, Florida’s leading export.
SPI announced the final registration numbers on April 17. Of the total, 26 percent came from outside the United States -- and one-third of them were from Latin America. SPI officials said that fulfilled their prediction that the Florida location would attract more Latin American attendees to NPE2012 -- held during Holy Week.
The next NPE, in 2015, is scheduled for March 22-26, so it will conclude 10 days before Easter and will not overlap with spring break season.
SPI also announced that 40 percent of the exhibiting companies at NPE2012 were international firms. The largest group was from China, with a little over 300, or 16 percent of all exhibitors. The 28 exhibitors from Mexico and South America represented the largest contingent ever from Latin America.
SPI has not announced another important geographical breakout number: How many Midwestern processors made the long journey to Florida?
But exhibitors were generally happy. In some cases they brought two or three times as many machines to NPE2012 than the show three years ago. They made sales.
SPI said nearly 15 million pounds of freight was shipped to OCCC, compared with 9 million at the 2009 NPE.
One big difference in Florida, a right-to-work state, is a more flexible setup process. At McCormick Place, rigid work rules required that union workers do much of the machine setup and connect electric power to each machine, even to plug in an extension cord. Seen as costly hassles, they came to a head at the recession-racked NPE2009. Information is quoted from plastics news.