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Recycled plastic

Get into the Zone: Re|focus
At NPE2018, the new Re|focus Zone displays the latest trends in sustainable solutions and green manufacturing. Something new to look for in the Re|focus Zone is the Sustainability Lounge, a space to learn about PLASTICS and how companies can get involved in the sustainable initiatives they offer. 

Orlando airport

Getting to Orlando, Where to Stay for NPE2018
Orlando is a premier destination not just for its sunny skies and friendly mouse, but also because it’s just so darn easy to travel into. Hosting dozens of airlines, convenient ground transportation and fabulous hotels, getting to and staying at NPE2018 couldn’t be simpler.

toothpaste shoulders on conveyor

Get into the Zone: Processors
The Processors Zone returns for NPE2018 to showcase what’s new and noteworthy this year in the world of plastics processing. “The Processors Zone is the place to go to find applications, processes, and technologies that turn raw materials into plastic parts,” according to Glenn Anderson, NPE2018 Chairman and v.p., Strategic Account Development for Milacron.

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Fun Facts About NPE2018
How many football fields worth of exhibit space will NPE2018 have? Here’s some interesting information about this year’s show!

Plastics Industry Association SOTU state of the union

Plastic Materials, Recycling Should Play Part in Infrastructure Plan
Nation’s recycling facilities should be targeted in planned infrastructure upgrades.

Hands-on training in a plastics lab

Next Generation Plastics Workforce
After years of closely monitoring an increasingly worrisome labor shortage, the Plastics Industry Association’s warnings about the widening gap between the sector’s need for skilled workers and the supply of such employees have shifted to full alarm. The association calls for “collaborative response across all levels of government and all manufacturing sectors” to tackle this critical issue.

Shark Bites trail mix

Packaging: Safe, Smart, Sustainable
In packaging, most of the innovations in materials, recycling, recyclability, lightweight and renewable resources are oriented toward sustainability. But there are many paths. Processors, material suppliers, and industry leaders weigh in on their approaches.

NPE2018 official app

Get Ready for NPE2018: Download Official Show App
Access more than 1 million ft2 of exhibit space and search for companies you need to see, all in the palm of your hand.

Perc Pineda, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Plastics Industry Association

The Global Economy: 'Growth Momentum' Poised to Continue
Plastics Industry Association economist Perc Pineda says low energy prices, technology advances, and mechanization/automation are keys to manufacturing growth.

Kim Holmes, V.P. of Sustainability,  Plastics Industry Association.

Full Supply-Chain Involvement Needed to Drive Recycling Growth
China, new global regulations, and consumer brands’ demand … the U.S. recycling industry is very much in a period of transition. But the potential is massive.

Educational Event Targeting Executives Is New for NPE2018
Plastics Industry Association adds new series of half-day symposia with networking lunches featuring speakers from financial institutions, consumer brands, plastics manufacturing companies, and national associations.

Plastics Industry Association Real Value Added Plastics versus all Manufacturing

U.S. Plastics Industry Well-Positioned for Continued Growth
Interesting highlights of PLASTICS’ 2017 Size & Impact Report, including employment and shipments data. 

Nova Chemicals Charter NEX PE pouch

Resin Supply/Demand & Sustainability Were Key Themes at Global Plastics Summit
Speakers at fifth annual summit deem sustainability crucial to growth in packaging while forecasting trends in key materials.

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NPE2018 Selected to Participate in Commerce Department’s 2018 International Buyer Program
As one of only 21 participating shows next year, NPE2018 will have access to a global network of U.S. Department of Commerce trade professionals in more than 75 countries who will recruit international buyers, representatives and distributors to Orlando.

Plastics consumption

U.S. Plastics Industry Maintains its Trade Surplus
PLASTICS’ chief economist says this speaks to the U.S. plastics industry’s continued impact on the international market.

PLASTICS Adds Educational Event Targeting Executives to NPE2018
New series of half-day symposia with networking lunches will feature speakers from financial institutions, consumer brands, plastics manufacturing companies and national associations.

Global Plastics Summit (GPS 2017)

Highlights from Global Plastics Summit 2017
Sustainability, resin supply/demand and pricing among highlights for the fifth GPS event.

ReThink robotics Baxter Plastic Molding Technology Inc.

Processors Partake In Manufacturing Day Festivities
Some 2800 manufacturers across all industries participated, including more than 200 in plastics, up from 149 in 2016.

plastic bag ban

PLASTICS’ Carteaux Challenges NY Times Editorial on Plastic Bags
A pro-plastic bag ban editorial from the New York Times did not sit well with the plastics industry.

Houston Ship Channel Texas Department of Transportation

PLASTICS' Chief Economist Weighs In on Harvey Impact
In 2016, Texas ranked third in the U.S. for plastics employment and first in plastics industry shipments.

Product Categories of Plastics Industry Association

Plastics Trade Shows/Conferences
Publishers of Plastics Information (Books, Reports, CDs)
Technical and Trade Associations