The demand for plastic bottles continues to grow across numerous products and sectors, including home goods, personal care, beverages, food and pharmaceuticals. With the industry slated to grow 4.6% annually over the next five years, bottling has become one of the fastest growing industry segments in plastics manufacturing. Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) recognized this trend and is adding a new exhibit space – the Bottle Zone – at NPE2018, taking place May 7-11, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The area will feature more than 40 industry leaders presenting the latest advancements, technologies and supplies in bottling manufacturing. Innovative ideas that will be shared include: limiting overhead costs, increasing automation, reducing material waste per unit, streamlining production, lowering energy consumption and PET drying technologies.
“Devoting more than 50,000 square feet to the new Bottle Zone at NPE2018 speaks to the importance of this growing segment,” says Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of PLASTICS, the non-profit organization representing the entire plastics supply chain and organizer of NPE2018. “It will showcase the latest state-of-the art machinery, equipment, supplies, innovations and strategies driving bottling manufacturing.”
Bottling ranks in the top quarter of all plastics product manufacturing segments in terms of employment numbers, dollar value of shipments and capital expenditures. With that rapid rise, it is important for manufactures to stay on top of key issues and advances affecting bottling so they stay competitive and keep growing. The Bottle Zone will offer concentrated education sessions hosted by PETplanet and ISBT that address those very topics to keep this important segment on the cutting edge.