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NPE2015 pre-draw tracks ahead of 2012, includes biggest booth ever

An improving economy, a positive response to the new location, and the dawn of a "new era of growth" for plastics were all cited as reasons for a nearly 20% jump in space taken for NPE2015. Show organizer The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) reported that 69 companies committed to 179,600 net sq ft (16,685 sq m) of exhibit space, up 18.5% from the NPE2012 pre-draw total.

The "Pre-Draw" allowed companies that have exhibited in at least 16 of the past 27 NPEs to choose space in advance of the official Space Draw event to be held in February 2014, and as initial harbingers go for the health of the show in 2 years, SPI was quite pleased.

"The pre-draw results reflect mounting confidence in the economy and in the enhanced strength of NPE following the successful 2012 show," SPI president and CEO Bill Carteaux said in a release, adding that "there is now a broad consensus that our industry is poised for a new era of growth and needs NPE more than ever as a showplace for technology and a hub of trade for plastics companies from the Americas, Europe, and Asia."

The pre-draw also saw plastics processing machinery and mold component supplier Milacron claim what SPI say will be the largest booth in NPE history at 24,600-sq-ft (2285 sq m). Shawn Reilley, Milacron group vice president of sales and marketing for Global Plastics Machinery, said the outsized space was necessary since his company "has a big story to tell, and we decided we needed a lot of square footage to tell it correctly."   

SPI reported that in addition to show space, companies like Formosa Plastics Corp. and LyondellBasell opted for areas in ballrooms adjacent to the exhibit floor. Combined with exhibit floor space, these commitments increased the total space chosen at the Pre-Draw to 217,600 sq ft (20,215 sq m).

SPI believes that close to 1000 companies are expected to participate in Space Draw, which is set to take place Feb. 19-21, 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, in Orlando. Applications to participate in Space Draw will be posted at www.npe.org/spacedraw within the next two weeks. The floor plan for NPE2015, with information on booths taken by exhibitors thus far and on space still available, is posted at www.npe.org/show-floor-plan

NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. In 2012 at the events first run in Orlando, the show ultimately drew 1933 exhibitors, 40% of which came from outside the U.S.A. The event attracted 55,359 participants, 26% of them international visitors.

PlasticsToday, which through its Modern Plastics heritage has participated in every NPE since its inception, was the third company to draw space, selecting a booth in the OCCC's West Hall (W2642) back on June 3.

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