The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, announced the opening of attendee registration for the industry’s largest trade show in the Americas.
Every three years, NPE offers the plastics industry a global platform to highlight innovation throughout the industry across a show floor that features more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. 2,100+ exhibitors spotlight the latest technologies, equipment and machinery, materials, and processes across 13 distinct technology zones, including 3D/4D printing, bottling, robotics and automation, and flexible and rigid packaging.
“Given the challenges of the past six months, it is vitally important for the plastics community to come together and support each other with a positive outlook to the future,” said President and CEO of PLASTICS, Tony Radoszewski, CAE. “NPE2021 will be the place not only to highlight key contributions in the world’s response to the coronavirus but also to see what’s coming from businesses across an industry that will transform tomorrow.”
Earlier this year, PLASTICS held the show’s Space Draw for priority exhibit space selection. This was the first time the Space Draw was conducted completely online. Previously, NPE exhibitors needed to attend an in-person event in Orlando to select their exhibit space. It was the second-largest space selection event in the history of the show, just one per cent shy of the all-time record, and subsequent sales have resulted in a show floor exceeding one million net square feet of space sold to nearly 1,200 participating companies.
As the plastics industry continues to help in the fight against COVID-19, NPE will highlight both transformed manufacturing processes and redesigned supply chain operations that deliver personal protective equipment to healthcare workers. The trade show will also feature the latest evolutions in MedTech and 3D/4D printing that are keeping first responders and frontline workers safe against the coronavirus. By bringing companies at the forefront of plastics manufacturing together, the industry will be able to collaboratively solve today’s needs and reimagine how to meet tomorrow’s challenges.
NPE2021 returns to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida from May 17–21, 2021. Earlier this summer, the OCCC was awarded a Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery. It is a clear indication that the home of NPE2021 remains proactive in adopting critical health and safety measures moving forward.