Before the show officially opened its doors, the Plastics Industry Trade Association (SPI) predicted that NPE2015 would be the best ever. Well, new data from SPI confirms it was the biggest. SPI's data shows NPE2015 attracted 2,029 exhibitors on more than 1,128,200 net square feet of exhibit space—exceeding the previous records of 2,009 exhibitors and 1,041,000 net square feet set in 2000.
In addition, registered attendance for NPE2015 was 65,810—19% greater than three years ago. These registrants came from 23,396 unique companies—22% more than the 19,198 companies at NPE2012.
International participation also set new NPE records. Nearly 44% of exhibiting companies and 26% of registrants came from outside the U.S. Nearly 5,000 registrants were from Latin America alone.
Exhibitors came from 37 nations in all. In descending order of number of exhibitors, the ten largest participating countries are China, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Germany, India, Turkey, France, Switzerland, and South Korea. These figures don’t include many companies that are based in other countries but exhibited through their U.S. subsidiaries.
“What made NPE2015 a milestone in the 69-year history of NPE was not only its size and international diversity, but also the richness of its offerings to attendees,” said Bill Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “The hundreds of machines operating on the show floor, the customer service centers provided by material suppliers, the pavilions and programs on current issues and emerging technologies, the extensive agenda of co-located conferences—this wealth of content surpassed our previous shows and now provides a guideline for making future NPEs even more attractive to participants. The plastics industry should be truly proud of its show."
NPE2018 will take place Monday through Friday, May 7-11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.