(SPI) also shifted the dates for NPE, moving from June to April, and creating the potential for conflicts with other industry events. In terms of timing and event size, the biggest conflict could be with China’s annual plastics event, Chinaplas, which rotates between Shanghai and Guangzhou but is typically held in April. NPE2012 is slated for April 1-5 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center.
Ada Leung, project director at Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., which organizes Chinaplas, told PlasticsToday that Chinaplas 2012 will be held in Shanghai in April, adding that the timing is “well-liked” by the industry. The exact dates are yet to be determined, but she did not anticipate a conflict. “Since Chinaplas and NPE are located in different countries and they target different markets,” Leung said, “we believe that the new venue and date of NPE will not pose a significant impact on Chinaplas.”
The events were staged roughly one month apart this year, with Chinaplas 2009 held from May 18-21 at Guangzhou’s China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex and NPE2009 taking place from June 22-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Chinaplas 2009 was reportedly 30% larger in terms of floorspace compared to the most recent Guangzhou edition in 2007. That event had 11 country/regional pavilions, 1840 exhibitors, and 69,298 visitors from 135 countries and regions. At the show, Adsale reported that more than 80% of the 2009 exhibitors had already confirmed their participation and reserved space for Chinaplas 2010, which will take place April 19-22 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
NPE2009 had 1851 exhibiting companies and covered 977,660 ft2. The preliminary total visitor registrations was approximately 44,000—about 30% below the corresponding number for NPE2006. The number of companies represented by registrants, however, was only down 17%. SPI said one of the reasons it choose Orlando over Chicago was that it felt the venue would make it more cost effective for visitors to bring more and larger equipment. In addition, representatives of the Orange County Convention Center said that shows in their first year at the site typically see a spike in attendance.
Adsale and Chinaplas foresee continued growth for their event as well. “It is anticipated that there is huge potential in the development of plastics and rubber industries in China in the upcoming years,” Leung said. “As the organizer of Chinaplas, we believe that the scale of Chinaplas will keep growing with those industries.” In response to an overbooking of the 2010 event, which is expected to reach a total exhibition area of 150,000m2, six additional exhibition halls are under construction at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Other industry shows that will take place in the spring of 2012, include JEC Composites in Paris and Plast2012 Milan—both slated for March. In February, India’s growing show, Plastindia 2012, will take place from Feb. 1-6, in New Delhi. —Tony Deligio