Confirming what all of us who attended NPE2015 knew instinctively, SPI: The Plastics Industry Association has released final data showing that the event was the largest in NPE's 69-year history.
The trade show, which took place March 23 to 27 in Orlando, FL, attracted 2,029 exhibitors over 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.
Registered attendance for NPE2015 was 65,810—19% greater than three years ago—and attendees 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 United States. Nearly 5,000 registrants were from Latin America alone.
Exhibitors came from 37 nations in all. In descending order of number of exhibitors, the 10 largest participating countries were 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 SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux. "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."
And now, you can start planning for the next one: NPE2018 will take place May 7 to 11, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.