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SPI PREDICTS SURGE IN NPE2012 ATTENDANCE FROM BRAZIL AS A RESULT OF THE COUNTRY’S BOOMING ECONOMY

Exposition in Orlando, Florida Will Give Plastics Professionals Access to a Wealth of Technological Innovations and New Opportunities for International Business

SÃO PAULO, May 9, 2011—The rapid growth of the economy in Brazil promises to generate a surge in attendance at NPE2012 by Brazilian plastics professionals looking for ways to increase productivity, create new product values, and expand business with companies from around the world, it was announced at Brasilplast by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE (Booth F26).

Scheduled for April 1-5, 2012, the NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place for the first time in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., after 40 years in Chicago.

“While our new location in Orlando promises to attract Brazilians because of its lower costs, easier access by air, and popularity as a vacation destination, we expect that the economic boom in Brazil will provide even stronger reasons for attending NPE2012,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president for trade shows and conferences. “As a showcase for advanced technologies from the world’s leading suppliers, NPE2012 will present new concepts and capabilities for competing in what is now one of the fastest-growing plastics industries. And for Brazilian companies looking for new trade opportunities, NPE is at the crossroads of international plastics business.”

Brazilians now rank in the top ten among groups of international visitors to NPE. Some of the country’s plastics professionals have attended previous NPEs as members of visitor delegations organized by the U.S. government’s Commercial Service, and they will be able to do so again for NPE2012, according to Teresa Wagner, senior commercial specialist at the U.S. Commercial Service office in São Paulo. The office will work with a travel agency to prepare a travel package for Brazilians visiting the show to simplify attendance logistics and open opportunities for making U.S. contacts.

Individuals in Brazil interested in joining a visitor delegation can contact Mrs. Wagner at Teresa.Wagner@trade.gov. The U.S. Commercial Service has established a website for Brazilians interested in U.S. business opportunities at www.focusbrazil.org.br. In coming months, information on the formation of a delegation to NPE2012 will be posted at the site, as well as on the NPE2012 website, www.npe.org.

Advantages of Orlando Location for NPE2012 Visitors

In comparison with Chicago’s McCormick Place, where NPE has been held since 1971, the new venue at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando will provide these opportunities:

● Lower costs. A systematic comparison by SPI has indicated that the move to Orlando makes possible average visitor savings of 11% on travel and 23% on food and lodging.

● More exciting show, with more equipment running. Companies that have signed on to exhibit at NPE2012 report that the substantially lower costs of exhibiting at the OCCC, simpler labor rules, and more flexible logistics for setting up and maintaining booths have encouraged them to take more space than at NPE2009 and to plan on bringing more machinery and other products to the show. This will result in a more dynamic experience for attendees, with bigger and better exhibits and more machinery in full-scale operation.

● New travel opportunities. In addition to lower travel costs, Orlando is more easily accessible to travelers from Latin America. And because Orlando is one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourism and vacations, it gives attendees the opportunity to take advantage of business travel by adding extra time for personal or family enjoyment.

World-Scale Trade Show Plus Leading Plastics Conferences
NPE2012 will be the most broad-based plastics event of any kind in the world, with multiple
educational programs, specialty pavilions, displays, and keynote events, in addition to the traditional core event, the NPE trade show.

The show will be the largest plastics exposition in the Western Hemisphere, providing access to North America’s $450-billion/year plastics marketplace and serving as a hub of trade for plastics companies from South America, Europe, and Asia. Exhibiting companies will include: 1) hundreds of firms coming directly from outside the U.S.; 2) the major multinational suppliers of plastics equipment and materials, both U.S.-based companies and U.S. subsidiaries of companies based elsewhere; and 3) the largest number of U.S. domestic suppliers of plastics technologies to exhibit at any plastics event anywhere.

Three important events to be co-located with the NPE trade show are:

● ANTEC® 2012. The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will produce the 2012 edition of its annual technical conference on April 1-5, 2012 at the OCCC. ANTEC is the world’s largest plastics technical conference. The recent 201l edition of this annual event provided attendees from 40 countries with access to more than 600 original, peer-reviewed technical presentations covering every sector of the plastics industry.

● SPI’s ‘Business of Plastics’ conference. This large educational program will begin with a keynote presentation on Sunday, April 1 and be followed by half-day sessions on Monday through Thursday. Presenters will focus on the business implications of their topics rather than conducting a technical discussion. SPI is planning for presentations on timely topics of broad interest to plastics professionals, such as bioplastics, sustainability, medical and healthcare markets, and issues involving regulation, safety, or industry advocacy.

● 2nd International Plastics Design Competition. Open to entrants from all nations, the competition will showcase innovative applications by designers and processors serving appliance, automotive, medical device, packaging, and other consumer and industrial markets.

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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.