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LATIN AMERICAN PARTICIPATION IN NPE2015 WILL SURPASS THE RECORD SET IN 2012 AND INCLUDE STRONG SHOWING BY BRAZILIANS

SPI Cites Booming Plastics Industries in the Region and Easy Access to Orlando as Reasons Why Even More Latin Americans Will Visit NPE2015

SÃO PAULO, May 20, 2013: The NPE2015 international plastics exposition will be the premier industry event of the Americas, attracting professionals from throughout the vast region from Chile to Canada, including a record total of participants from Latin America, it was announced today at Feiplastic 2013 by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Booth C18).

Produced by SPI, NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. The triennial NPE had been held in Chicago for several decades but moved to Orlando in 2012. One result of the move was that attendance from Latin America doubled in comparison with the 2009 show, and participation by Brazilians more than tripled.

“In 2015 our venue in Orlando will once again attract Latin Americans because of its low cost, easy access by air, and popularity as a vacation destination,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president for trade shows and conferences. “For Brazilians, access to Orlando has actually expanded since NPE2012, increasing from 14 to 22 non-stop flights leaving Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo each week.”

At the same time, according to Sanders, the surging growth of the plastics industries in Latin American countries promises to make NPE2015 a magnet for professionals looking to discover advanced technologies and to explore new trade opportunities. “SPI predicts that Latin American attendees will account for ten to fifteen percent of all participants at NPE2015, up from a record eight percent in 2012,” Sanders said.

Easy Access to the Hub of Trade for Plastics Companies Worldwide

It is now easier than ever for plastics professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean to visit NPE. Costs for travel, hotels, and food are lower in Orlando than in Chicago. There is extensive access by air, with more than 250 non-stop flights to Orlando leaving from cities throughout the region each week (see table) and even more direct flights to Miami. And in the months leading up to NPE2015, government agencies and industry groups will organize visitor delegations to the show, streamlining travel arrangements and on-site logistics. In Brazil, for example, an official delegation will be organized by the U.S. Commercial Service.

“The reason why NPE attracts so much international participation is that it serves as a technology showcase and a hub of trade for plastics companies from the Americas, Europe, and Asia,” said Sanders.

For example, exhibiting companies at NPE2015 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. International attendees will come from over 100 countries.

The last NPE in 2012 set a new record for international participation, with 750 exhibiting companies—or 40% of the total—coming directly from outside the United States. Attendance also showed a strong international component. Fully 26% of all visitors came from outside the United States, a substantial increase compared with any previous NPE.

NPE2015 Will Be the World’s Largest Plastics Trade Show and Conference

NPE2015 is unique among plastics events for its breadth of content, including a world-scale exposition, extensive educational program, and many special presentations. Here is an overview of the event:

? 2,000 exhibiting companies, including suppliers of machinery, resins and compounds, chemicals and additives, molds, dies, design software, custom molding capabilities, and more. About 40% of these exhibitors will have come from outside the U.S.A. All told, NPE2015 exhibitors will fill a million square feet (more than 90,000 square meters) of booth space.

? Equipment in full-scale operation throughout the show, manufacturing film, sheet, bottles, and injection-molded parts. Among the most elaborate equipment demonstrations will be complete production cells—in effect, turnkey plastics processing plants that incorporate parts handling, decoration, assembly, and other functions.

? 60,000+ attendees from more than 20,000 companies, representing $100-billion in purchasing power. More than 25% of these manufacturing professionals will come from outside the U.S.A.

? Brand-owner buying teams from companies as diverse as Apple, Ford, John Deere, Kimberly-Clark, Phillips, Procter & Gamble, and Tervis Tumblers.

? ANTEC® 2015. Featured at NPE2015, this annual event produced by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will be the year’s largest plastics technical conference, with hundreds of original, peer-reviewed presentations.

? SPI’s ‘Business of Plastics’ Conference. Presenters will focus on the business implications of such topics as technology innovations, sustainability issues, reshoring, expanding markets, and management challenges such as human capital development—all relating to markets such as aerospace, automotive, building and construction, electronics, medical, and packaging.

? 3rd International Plastics Design Competition. Open to entrants from all nations, the IPDC will showcase innovative applications by designers and
processors serving appliance, automotive, electronics, medical, packaging and other consumer and industrial markets.

? Many special programs and events, such as the SPI President’s Luncheon, the Plastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet, and multi-exhibitor pavilions focusing on specialized technologies or industry sectors.

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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.