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WITH NPE2012 POISED TO SURPASS NPE2009, SPI IS EXPANDING THE SHOW TO INCLUDE ALL 3 HALLS IN THE NEW VENUE AT ORLANDO

Prospective Visitors Can Expect Bigger Booths with More Machines Running; They Can Also Take Advantage of New Travel Economies and Online Planning Resources

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., April 4, 2011: With exactly a year to go before the start of the NPE2012 international plastics exposition, exhibit sales are already equivalent to 98% of the total occupied space at the last NPE in 2009, and they are certain to exceed that total as selling continues, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial event. NPE2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida.

Thus far 862 exhibiting companies have purchased 761,225 sq.ft. (70,720 sq.m) of space. As a result of the surge in sales, SPI has expanded the show into the North Hall of the OCCC, adding the extensive space in that hall to that of the West and South Halls, which were originally designated for the show. The three halls constitute the entire available exhibit space at the OCCC.

“Many exhibitors are taking bigger booths than they did at our 2009 show in Chicago and plan to operate more equipment on the show floor,” said Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president in charge of trade shows. “They’ve told us that the lower costs of exhibiting in Orlando have enabled them to justify investing in more space, while the simpler logistics and work rules there have encouraged them to bring more machinery.”

Important economies will also be available to NPE2012 attendees, according to John Effmann, chairman of NPE2012 and director of sales and marketing for Entek Extruders. “Travel and accommodation packages that can save 30 to 40% in comparison with Chicago are available to all participants,” Effmann said. “This even applies to visitors from regions of the Midwest centered on Chicago.”

Discounts are also available exclusively to NPE2012 participants for the many leisure and vacation attractions available in the Orlando area before and after the show, according to Visit Orlando. This tourist and convention bureau has inaugurated a
customized NPE2012 website with information on the attractions, as well as dining, special events, discounted park tickets, and much else.

Prospective visitors to NPE2012 can also go to the NPE homepage and click on Update Me Now to be added to a list for receiving important announcements about registration, housing, and travel and vacation package discounts.

For Additional Photos of NPE2012 officials and the OCCC, use this link:

http://www.plasticsindustry.org/Press/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3438&navItemNumber=3461

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The NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The NPE2012 educational program will begin on Sunday. Monday will be the first day of the four-day trade show. NPE is produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Visit www.npe.org.

Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides nearly $379 billion in annual shipments. www.plasticsindustry.org.