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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS NOW RECRUITING BUYER DELEGATIONS TO NPE2015 FROM 13 LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES

Delegation Leaders Will Set up Meetings between Visitors from Latin America and U.S. Exhibitors at the Show to Promote U.S. Exports

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., November 6, 2014: Visitor delegations to NPE2015 being organized by United States government trade representatives in thirteen Latin American countries will put potential buyers from these countries in direct contact with U.S. exhibitors with an interest in exporting, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which organizes the triennial NPE.

NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase, will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL. Under the auspices of the International Buyer Program (IBP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, trade promotion officials stationed in U.S. embassies and consulates are organizing official buyer delegations to the show. These delegation leaders will set up meetings between each participant and the U.S. exhibitors that he or she has indicated an interest in contacting. Confidential meeting rooms will be available at SPI’s International Trade Center, an extensive facility in Rooms W224 A-G in the West Building of the OCCC, or meetings can take place at exhibitor booths.

“Our goal in partnering with SPI is to provide a fast track for international buyers looking to do business with U.S. companies that have an interest in exporting,” said Mark Wells, IBP Project Officer. “While NPE2015 will be the largest and busiest plastics event in the Western Hemisphere, we can help delegates by providing them with unique opportunities to meet one-on-one with U.S. exhibitors.”

Each IBP buyer delegation will be led by a U.S. government trade official based in that country. These delegation leaders can provide expert advice on matters ranging from obtaining a U.S. visa to doing business at NPE2015. The International Trade Center at the show will make a variety of services and amenities available to delegates, including meeting rooms, interpreter services, and refreshments.

The U.S. Commercial Service, the trade promotion arm of the United States Department of Commerce, maintains a network of trade professionals in more than 100 U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. In addition to recruiting buyers from Latin America, the IBP will also bring escorted delegations to NPE2015 from Asia and Europe. The show presents a particularly attractive opportunity, however, for plastics professionals in Latin America. The relative proximity of the show venue in Orlando to countries in the region, the popularity of Florida as a destination for Latin Americans, and the rapid growth of the plastics industries in the region are expected to cause attendance from Latin America to set a new record at NPE2015. Already in 2012, fully one-third of international visitors came from Latin America.

The countries from which the U.S. Commercial Service is recruiting delegations to NPE2015 are listed below, along with Commercial Service office locations and the names and email addresses of key contacts:

-- Argentina: Buenos Aires. Liliana.Paz@trade.gov.
-- Brazil: Sao Paulo. Luciana.Escobar@trade.gov.
-- Colombia: Bogota. Julio.Acero@trade.gov.
-- Costa Rica: San Jose. Roy.Fernandez@trade.gov.
-- Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo. Yira.Roa@trade.gov.
-- Ecuador: Quito. Sandra Tinajero at TinajeroSV@state.gov.
-- El Salvador: San Salvador. Lidia.Sosa@trade.gov.
-- Guatemala: Guatemala City. Ana.Polanco@trade.gov.
-- Honduras: Tegucigalpa. Rommel.Alcantara@trade.gov.
-- Mexico: Monterrey. Mario.Vidana@trade.gov.
-- Peru: Lima. Flora.Muroi@trade.gov.
-- Uruguay: Montevideo. Jorge Balparda at BalpardaJJ@state.gov.
-- Venezuela: Caracas. Julio.Acero@trade.gov.

Questions about the IBP’s export programs and services at NPE2015 can be directed to Mark Wells at mark.wells@trade.gov.

Visitors to the U.S. Commercial Service website at http://www.buyusa.gov can access pages in Spanish and Portuguese on doing business with U.S. exporters. For information on the process for obtaining a U.S. Visa, visit http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.

For information on NPE2015, visit www.npe.org.

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NPE: The International Plastics Showcase is a triennial 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. It will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, including a world-scale trade show and multiple educational programs. The trade show portion will include 2,000 exhibitors on over one million sq.ft. (93,000 sq.m) of space. NPE2015 will host over 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Visit www.npe.org.

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.