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PARTICIPATION BY CHINESE EXHIBITING COMPANIES AT NPE2015 WILL BREAK THE RECORD SET IN 2012, SPI PREDICTS

Exhibiting at Chinaplas 2013 to Promote Its Triennial NPE Show, SPI Says NPE2015 Will Provide Access to the Huge and Growing Market of the Americas

GUANGZHOU, May 20, 2013: Chinese companies attracted by the wealth of new business opportunities throughout the Americas will set a new record by participating in the NPE2015 international plastics exposition, it was predicted at Chinaplas 2013 by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Booth 9.2-K75).

NPE is a triennial exposition founded and produced by SPI. NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The previous NPE in 2012 substantially exceeded NPE2009 in size, and it attracted more exhibitors and visitors from outside the United States than any other NPE in history, including the largest-ever group of visitors from Latin America. China was the home country of the largest group of international exhibitors by far: 332 companies in all, or 17% of the total. Many of these companies exhibited at three pavilions sponsored by Chinese industry associations.

“Participation by Chinese companies attracted by business opportunities in the Americas has increased with each NPE, and we expect that these exhibitors will set another new record at NPE2015,” said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI. “The plastics industry is growing throughout the Americas, and business is actually booming in many Latin American countries that China now counts as important trading partners.”

NPE2015: World-Scale Event at the Heart of a Vast Market

As the world’s largest plastics trade show and conference, NPE2015 will take place at the heart of a $600-billion plastics market stretching from Canada to Chile. Nearly 40,000 plastics processing companies serve this market.

The largest plastics industry in this vast region is that of the U.S. In 2011, more than 17,000 custom and captive processors in the U.S. shipped goods with a total worth of $380-billion. Another $85-billion in shipments came from U.S. companies that supply domestic and foreign plastics processors with machinery, raw materials, tooling, software, and other inputs.

The fastest-growing plastics industries in the Americas are those of Latin America. An annual GDP growth rate of 4% is anticipated for the region as a whole between now and NPE2015—a rate that will outperform the rest of the world. While the combined population of the countries in Latin America is 600 million—nearly double that of the U.S.—per capita consumption of plastics is smaller than in the U.S. and Canada, holding much potential for future growth.

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NPE is a triennial international plastics exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. NPE2012 had 1,933 exhibitors, 40% of which came from outside the U.S.A. The event attracted 55,359 participants, 26% of them international visitors.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.