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Participation levels at virtual conferences held so far this year exceeded everyone’s expectations, according to AWA.

Clare Goldsberry

December 18, 2020

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Events organizer AWA Alexander Watson Associates has launched AWAVirtual, a platform of online virtual industry events to complement its long-established and respected physical conferences and seminars. 

The first AWAVirtual event took place in August 2020, followed by a number of conferences and seminars that pivoted from traditional in-person events because of COVID-19.

“AWAVirtual is a strategic initiative, born from a practical need, which will enhance the activities of AWA Conferences & Events as we proceed forward with our growth plans, providing the industry verticals in which we specialize with the information, insights, and collaboration needed for success,” said Corey Reardon, President and CEO.

Participation levels in the 2020 AWAVirtual events exceeded everyone’s expectations, according to AWA Conferences & Events Manager Francesco Ticca. The events provided opportunities for “information sharing, marketing exposure, and potential sales leads involving hundreds more delegates than a physical event, particularly in these COVID times,” said Ticca. Release liner technology, in-mold labeling, and product decoration and electronics are among the topics that were addressed.

AWA Conferences & Events plans to expand its AWAVirtual activities in the future, alongside its core industry conferences and events. “We look forward to welcoming sponsors, speakers, and delegates back to an AWA conference or seminar when it is safe and practical to physically meet,” said Reardon. “Until then, we will continue to deliver content and share information through AWAVirtual events.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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