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16% More Companies Request 14% More Space than at Same Time Prior to NPE2012

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., November 20, 2013: While ample time remains for companies to apply to exhibit at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase, applications received by last week’s November 15 lottery deadline for priority placement in the Space Draw were well ahead of the total for the same deadline prior to NPE2012, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, producer of the triennial NPE.

As of this date, 789 companies have applied to exhibit at NPE2015, requesting over 690,000 sq.ft. (64,100 sq.m) of space. This represents 16% more exhibitors and 14% more space than at the NPE2012 Space Draw lottery deadline.

The strong early response by exhibitors is an indication of the plastics industry’s commitment to NPE, according to Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. “The applications received thus far make it very likely that NPE2015 will surpass the size our 2012 show, which was universally acclaimed as a success,” said Mr. Sanders. “We are pleased with the positive response to many of the new developments underway with NPE2015, and, given the amount of space being requested, it seems clear that exhibitors will once again showcase running machines.”

NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Well before then, companies will have the opportunity to select exhibit space for the first time at the NPE2015 Space Draw, February 19-21, 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. While companies that responded by the recent deadline maximized their selection order in the lottery, the Space Draw remains open to prospective exhibitors. Their place in the selection order will be based on the date when their applications and down payments are received. SPI projects that approximately 1,000 companies will have applied for exhibit space by time of the Space Draw in February 2014.

Information on the NPE2015 Space Draw is posted at Information on exhibiting is at


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 and