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Plast show moved to new expo center

February 24, 2006

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Plast show moved to new expo center

The just-completed Plast 2006 exhibition in Milan, Italy, one of Europe''s remaining key exhibitions after the K in Düsseldorf, welcomed visitors to the new fair grounds located in Rho, just outside of the city on a former petrochemical site. Plast organizer Assocomaplast, the Italian plastics equipment producers association, opted this time to co-locate the show with the IPACK-IMA packaging show, moving the fair from May to February.

Many visitors assumed at the time of the co-location announcement that this would lead to two highly related shows for one admission price on the same grounds. Not so, and Assocomaplast appears to have underestimated the resistance of its partner to cooperating in making the shows a unified element. According to an Assocomaplast staff member, IPACK-IMA organizers refused to hold a joint opening ceremony and press conference or to allow visitors to freely circulate from one fair to the other. They also charged, albeit at a discount, for Plast visitors to enter the packaging halls. Daily Plast show admission was €10 or five admissions for €20 and €5/day extra for Plast visitors to visit the IPACK-IMA packaging show.

Assocomaplast appears to be a glutton for punishment and has agreed to again co-locate with IPACK-IMA from March 10-14, 2009. Assocomaplast Secretary General Claudio Celata told MPW his group surveyed Plast 2006 visitors of their thoughts regarding joint access, and he is hoping the results will convince the packaging fair organizers to be more open minded.

By 2009 the fair grounds should also be completed, which will come as a blessing to anyone who soldiered through this month''s show. The lack of finished infrastructure (poor to non-existent highway access, inadequate parking, limited public transportation, inoperative escalators and people-movers, and excruciatingly slow taxi lines after 17:00) also detracted from the Plast offering this year. Various fair visitors complained of excessively long walking stretches to reach the Plast halls, which are not interconnected, forcing visitors to traverse outside in what was rather cold, wet weather.

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