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Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington, DC) member companies that have exhibited in at least 15 of the 26 NPEs participated in a lottery on Monday that will determine the initial order in which exhibitors choose space for NPE2012 in Orlando. The 64 participating companies were grouped by exhibiting history, according to Gene Sanders, Sr. VP trade shows SPI, with the Member 26 group, for example, consisting of companies that have exhibited at all 26 NPEs.

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Long-time participants complete booth space lottery for NPE2012

Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI; Washington, DC) member companies that have exhibited in at least 15 of the 26 NPEs participated in a lottery on Monday that will determine the initial order in which exhibitors choose space for NPE2012 in Orlando. The 64 participating companies were grouped by exhibiting history, according to Gene Sanders, Sr. VP trade shows SPI, with the Member 26 group, for example, consisting of companies that have exhibited at all 26 NPEs. Once the groups were created, the lottery process randomly assigned selection positions within each one. According to Sanders, now that the selection priorities have been determined, the pre-draw will take place by phone, with company representatives in discussion with SPI. That process will begin next week, with the first group to begin selecting space, and is likely to continue through the beginning of August, Sanders said.

Sumitomo Demag will be the first company to choose space, followed by Farrel Corp. and PlasticsToday.com parent, Canon Communications, with all three firms having participated in every NPE since its inception.  In order, SABIC, ITW, Eastman Chemical Co., DuPont, Davis-Standard, NFM Welding Engineers, and Gloucester Engineering will round out the top 10.

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John Roberts, president Gala Industries, draws an exhibitor application at the NPE2012 "Pre-Drawing" lottery held May 24 in Washington, DC.

In a release, SPI said that these 64 companies' creation of a preliminary floor plan over the summer will help other exhibitors with their own space selection, with some grouping by technology occurring, for example. At this point in time, Sanders said SPI has not designated specific areas of the venue for specific technologies—creating a materials hall, for instance—but SPI believes such grouping will occur as a "natural outgrowth of the space selection process."

The next drawing, which is scheduled to take place January 12-14, 2011, will be open to all exhibitors and be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, where the show itself will occur in 2012. By late summer, the preliminary floor plan resulting from this pre-drawing process that began today will be accessible online. The Orlando site will be a completely new venue after 14 consecutive NPEs at Chicago's McCormick Place. 

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