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12-12-2017

New Technology Zones at NPE2018

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that the association’s triennial show NPE2018: The Plastics Show, the industry’s leading international plastics manufacturing exposition and conference, will debut a new Medical Parts Processing Zone among the frequented Technology Zones on the show floor located in the South Building. This new sector-specific zone focuses on plastics materials, processes and technology advances for medical devices and diagnostics in healthcare industries.

Propelling the demand for this specialized zone is the forecasted three percent growth in revenue from medical device manufacturing anticipated by 2023. This growth is centered around the emerging trend of using plastics in the medical and healthcare industries to create pioneering medical devices, equipment and treatment items. “Breakthroughs in the use of plastics will drive future medical care efficiencies and bring life-saving advances to hospitals globally,” said Glenn Anderson, NPE2018 Executive Committee Chair. “The Medical Parts Processing Zone will connect new technology providers with equipment manufacturers to source medical innovations and support the business initiatives of vertical market attendees.”

Another new Technology Zone at NPE2018 will be the already sold-out Bottle Zone. It will cover more than 65,000 net square feet on the exhibit floor and will provide a comprehensive look at the trends, technical knowledge, innovations and suppliers that serve this booming sector of the plastics industry.

The Bottle Zone will show the next generation of bottles and containers from 80+ manufacturers and suppliers (© NPE2018)

The Bottle Zone will show the next generation of bottles and containers from 80+ manufacturers and suppliers (© NPE2018)

With plastic bottles and jars representing approximately 75 percent of all plastic containers by weight and expenditures on food-and-beverages increasing 5 % in the first quarter, growth in bottling manufacturing is taking hold in the U.S. and around the globe. Increased consumption makes the Bottle Zone the ideal place for manufacturers to strengthen their position in this uSD 12.6 billion sector of the industry, as reported in the January 2017, IBISWorld Industry Report 32616, "Plastic Bottle Manufacturing in the US."

NPE2018 will feature 11 Technology Zones in total to reflect a streamlined attendee experience that will help to guide discussions between the attendee and suppliers on the newest equipment, processes and education opportunities transforming the plastics industry. Some of the highlights include the new Bottle Zone, as well as an expanded Re|focus Zone and 3D/4D Printing Zone, all designed to address the growing market demands, highlight innovations and technologies and provide customized education.

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