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June 1, 2003

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Your roadmap to NPE 2003

The last time the plastics industry got together in Chicago for an NPE was three years ago, very near the peak of the 1990s boom that brought such prosperity to the industry. Times have certainly changed since then, but the show is no less important. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to hope that NPE 2003 might usher in the strong recovery that manufacturing in general and the plastics industry in particular crave and need. If you haven’t done so already, mark your calendar for NPE: June 23-27, Chicago, IL, McCormick Place.

If you’re going to the show, IMM has developed a variety of tools to help guide you through the more than 2000 exhibitors who will have their wares on display.

Trekker correction:
Just when we thought we had all the facts straight, some inaccurate information slipped through the editorial cracks. On p. 13 of the Trekker, under “Commuter train,” it incorrectly states that the Metra Electric Train ticket is free to NPE attendees. In fact, the Metra costs $1.85 for a one-way ticket. IMM regrets the error.

  •  Show Planner. Attached to p. 99 of this issue, the Show Planner is a pocket-sized guide to McCormick Place and the exhibitors. It includes conference information, maps of all three halls, a list of exhibitors by product category, and an alphabetical list of all exhibitors who will be at NPE.

  •  Technology highlights. Just turn the page for a preview of some of the technologies, products, and machinery that are being featured at NPE. We’ve gathered information from exhibitors and highlighted demonstrations of innovative injection molding technologies, some of which are being displayed for the first time ever. Equipment and technologies previewed include all-electric and hybrid molding, multimaterial molding, gas-assist molding, robotics, dryers, loaders, granulators, mold components, control software, and CAD/CAM/CAE.

    Before you leave for Chicago, don’t forget to register for the Crossroads Forum speaker breakfast hosted by IMM and SPI’s Global Business Council. Part of the IMM Crossroads series focusing on the challenges of overseas competition, the breakfast features manufacturing economist David Friedman, followed by a moderated panel of distinguished plastics industry experts. To register for the event, please visit www.immnet.com/crossroads.html. The Crossroads Forum is Wednesday, June 25, 8-10 am, in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Room S402. The cost is $75 for SPI members and $100 for nonmembers.

    Finally, don’t forget to stop by the IMM booth and say hello. We’ll be in the South Hall, booth 2970. Enjoy the show!

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