Québec is home to a quarter of Canada’s plastics industry, second only to Ontario, making la belle province a prime location for a plastics-focused trade show such as Expoplast, which returns to Montréal on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
The only plastics show in Québec focused entirely on plastics, Expoplast provides attendees with an opportunity to engage with exhibitors presenting products, services and technologies that will help them improve productivity and quality and reduce waste and costs in their operations. Scores of suppliers of injection molding equipment and services, molds and dies, rapid prototyping, thermoforming and much more will be on the show floor, while a comprehensive educational program will cover such front-of-mind topics as Industry 4.0, automation trends, and breakthroughs in barrier film technology and smart materials. The event is co-located with four other advanced manufacturing shows dedicated to packaging, automation and robotics, design and manufacturing, and powder and bulk solids, allowing attendees to broaden their horizons and connect with peers seeking partnerships with plastics companies. After all, there are very few, if any, sectors where plastics do not play a role.
|The most comprehensive advanced manufacturing event in Québec, Expoplast will showcase injection molding machines and other plastics processing systems, materials and additives, rapid prototyping services and equipment, and much more in Montréal on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2016. Register to attend now!|
Some of you, like me, attended K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month and may be wondering if there is any value to another plastics show so soon. Here’s the thing: Expoplast is the polar opposite of massive industry events, such as the K show, which is described as the largest plastics show in the world (and my aching feet can confirm that this is not hyperbole). Global mega shows like the K and NPE are a vital part of the industry’s ecosystem; more intimate, co-located regional events, such as Expoplast, have a different but no less important role to play.
There are thousands of plastics professionals in engineering, R&D, design and so forth that don’t attend these large global events, which can be astronomically expensive in terms of travel costs, accommodations and meals. Regional events are an opportunity to keep up with industry trends without crippling your company's bottom line. “Expoplast brings a level of access to the plastics community with a bespoke event experience, which is not always available at other shows,” explains Nina Brown, Vice President, Events, at UBM Americas, which also produces PlasticsToday. “It fulfills different objectives within the marketplace and adds value for exhibitors and attendees across the United States and Canada.”
UBM produces several co-located regional shows and conferences throughout North America, including PLASTEC events in California, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Ohio and Expoplast and Plast-Ex in Canada. “UBM’s suite of co-located shows, including Expoplast, strategically align related vertical and horizontal markets to create a comprehensive event experience,” says Brown. “This offers a unique space where plastics professionals are encouraged to find new products, technologies, services and networking opportunities across related disciplines, which they might not otherwise be exposed to.”
PlasticsToday will be at Expoplast, and yours truly will be leading an innovation tour devoted to new possibilities in plastics equipment and materials on Dec. 1 at 11 AM. Join me, won’t you?