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More than 2,100 companies from 121 countries gathered at NPE2018: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Fla. last month to make new investments and debut manufacturing technologies. NPE2018, hosted every three years by the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), concluded on May 11, wrapping up five very active days of commerce on the trade show floor and numerous new and returning educational programs.

With 2,174 exhibiting companies occupying more than 1.2 million net square feet of sold-out exhibit floor space, NPE2018 was the largest in show history. It was also the heaviest show on record, with more than 21.7 million pounds of freight brought into the show. NPE2018 attendance rose by 1.7 percent over that of NPE2015 to 56,034 confirmed registered attendees from almost 19,000 unique companies according to show data that were evaluated and validated by a third-party data analytics company*. Nights spent in hotel rooms also increased by 3.2% to 65,632.

49 percent of exhibiting companies and 27 percent of registrants came from outside of the United States representing 121 countries with 3,351 and 3,965 registrants from China and Latin America, respectively. Exhibiting companies came from 35 nations with representatives from those companies hailing from 63 countries outside the United States. In descending order, the ten countries with the largest number of participating exhibiting companies were: China, Canada, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, India, France, Turkey, Switzerland and Austria.

“We sold out our exhibit floor nearly 14 months in advance of the show and worked diligently to accommodate the companies who were unable to secure space during our Space Draw,” said show producer, PLASTICS President and CEO William R. Carteaux. “We heard terrific feedback of a fantastic show filled with innovations and new technology to help people make things better and faster.”

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