NPE2012: Moving from Chicago to Orlando
NPE2012, the next edition of the triennial NPE international plastics exposition, will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, it was announced today by SPI – The Plastics Industry Trade Association.
The move marks a dramatic change for the largest plastics industry event in North America. Founded by SPI in 1946, NPE has taken place at Chicago’s McCormick Place since 1971, and that venue has been linked with NPE in the minds of industry people around the world.
Following repeated complaints by exhibitors about high costs and labor union rules in Chicago SPI’s leadership selected Orlando upon the recommendation of the NPE2012 Executive Committee after a systematic comparison of possible venues. The study revealed that holding NPE2012 in Orlando would provide big reductions in the chief expenses incurred by exhibitors (up to 67 %)and attendees (up to 34 %). By moving the
show to Orlando, SPI could save the plastics industry up to USD 20 million.
SPI noted three other innovations accompanying the change of venue: 1) The switch to early April from the traditional late-June dates will allow far more time for exhibitors to follow up on inquiries and leads generated before summer vacations. 2) Instead of the traditional Monday opening day, NPE2012 will start on Sunday, with educational programs and other special events. 3) SPI will address the longstanding wish of attendees and exhibitors that exhibits be grouped by product category.
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