NPE USA: Plastics showcase sets records for exhibitor numbers, international participation
The crowds of attendees and the clamour of working equipment that filled the giant exhibit halls at NPE 2015 told the story better than numbers, but now there are statistics to make it official: NPE 2015 was the largest show in NPE history, organiser SPI (the Plastics Industry Trade Association) said.
The International Plastics Showcase has released final data for the last event, which took place from 23 to 27 March 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The data shows NPE 2015 attracted 2,029 exhibitors over net 104,813 m² of exhibit space - exceeding the previous records of 2,009 exhibitors in 2000.
In addition, registered attendance for NPE 2015 was 65,810, 19% greater than three years ago, the organisers announced. These registrants came from 23,396 unique companies, 22% more than the 19,198 companies at NPE 2014, representing a substantial increase in buying potential, the American Industry Association said. It added that international participation also set new NPE records. Nearly 44% of exhibiting companies and 26% of registrants came from outside the US. Nearly 5,000 registrants were from Latin America.
“What made NPE2015 a milestone in the 69-year history of NPE was not only its size and international diversity, but also the richness of its offerings to attendees,” said SPI president and CEO William R. Carteaux. “The wealth of content surpassed our previous shows and provides a guideline for making future NPEs even more attractive to participants.”
Exhibitors came from 37 nations in all. In descending order of number of exhibitors, the ten largest participating countries were China, Taiwan, Canada, Italy, Germany, India, Turkey, France, Switzerland, and South Korea. These figures don’t include many companies based abroad but which exhibited through their US subsidiaries, SPI said.