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NPE2015 Space Draw

NPE2015 Promises to Be Big, Dynamic, and Filled with Running Machines

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., March 5, 2014: By the close of the NPE2015 Space Draw two weeks ago, exhibiting companies had committed to 39% more booths and 28% more exhibit space than at the drawing for the 2012 show, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE plastic exposition.

The percentages are based on just-released audited results of the NPE2015 Space Draw, which took place on February 20-21 in Orlando, Florida. With one year to go before NPE2015, the exhibit space sold thus far already amounts to 91% of all space occupied at the successful 2012 show.

By the close of the NPE2015 Space Draw, exhibitors had committed to 1,054 booths and 853,120 net square feet (79,257 sq.m) of space, as against 758 booths and 664,525 sq.ft. (61,735 sq.m) at the NPE2012 Space Draw. Of the two giant halls that make up the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the West Hall is now sold out, as is 70% of the South Hall.

In addition, there are strong indications that considerably more machinery will be shown in operation than at NPE2012. More than 300 exhibitors say they will be running equipment on the exhibit floor, and the number of large booths taken by the close of the NPE2015 Space Draw—235 of them bigger than 1,000 sq.ft. (93 sq.m)—is another signal that a great many machines will be displayed and operated.

“NPE2015 is on course to be a big, bustling, truly great show, with a wealth of discoveries awaiting attendees,” said Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. “Much of the sheer dynamism on the exhibit floor will be generated by production-scale equipment operating everywhere, providing many opportunities to encounter new processing technologies in actual use.”

International companies also showed up at Space Draw, accounting for 28% of the exhibit spaces reserved, led by China, Canada, and Italy. In addition, 14% of the companies selecting space were either new to NPE or did not exhibit at the 2012 event.

“Having the turnout we did from our 2012 and international exhibitors, as well as adding 140 new companies to the floor, bodes well for NPE2015, being representative of a very diverse mix of companies supporting the plastics industry”, said Brad Williams, SPI director of trade show marketing and sales. “We are excited to be able to work with so many companies this far in advance to collectively present NPE2015 to the industries that rely on plastics solutions for their marketplace.”

Photo captions: 1) Overview of the NPE2015 Space Draw, held in the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, Florida. 2) At left is Kenneth Shuman, president of Shuman Plastics, who was the first exhibiting company representative to select space at the NPE2015 Space Draw; at right, Mark Miller with NPE Sales records Mr. Shuman’s selection.

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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 and