2018 Show Directory

NPE is truly ‘Breaking the Mold’ as a multifaceted experience, with activities, discoveries and opportunities to satisfy the needs of anyone who works in the plastics industry or has a need to know about plastics

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1 PRESIDENT'S LETTER Welcome Leer from Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon President & CEO As President & CEO of the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS)—the proud producer of NPE—it is my pleasure to welcome you to NPE2018: The Plasঞcs Show. I'm so glad you're here with us in Orlando for what promises to be a banner year for NPE. For the first ঞme in the show's more than 70-year history, we sold out the exhibit space 14 months ahead of the show. Since then, we've opened new areas in the convenঞon center to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible from our jam- packed wait list. Needless to say, NPE2018 is the largest yet, and the show's consistent ability to expand year a[er year speaks volumes about the value and the scope of our industry. No maer what you're looking for, if it involves plasঞcs—at NPE2018, "We've Got You Covered." We call NPE "The Plasঞcs Show" because it truly encompasses the enঞre plasঞcs industry supply chain—from resin producers to equipment manufacturers to recyclers and brand owners. As you venture through the more than one million net square feet of show floor, you'll enter a world of plasঞcs—filled with operaঞng machinery, new product demos, exciঞng innovaঞons and emerging technologies. Over these five days, I challenge you to explore our 12 sector and process-specific Technology Zones and Internaঞonal Pavilions. New to NPE, the Bole Zone covers the informaঞon you need to take advantage of the booming, $12.6 billion boling sector. Another highlight, the Medical Parts Processing Zone, gives you a front-row-seat to the plasঞc medical devices that are revoluঞonizing health care—some of which aided me during my bale with acute myeloid leukemia this past year. Meanwhile, NPE2018 is offering more educaঞonal programs than ever before—nine to be exact. Reflecঞng our industry's dedicaঞon to sustainability and recycling, the 2018 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, co-located with the Re|focus Zone, addresses real-world challenges with recycling and sustainable pracঞces. And, targeঞng CEOs and senior-level management, for the first ঞme, the Plasঞcs Leadership Summit explores the criঞcal factors that determine success in our industry. With economic growth set to conঞnue, a new tax regime that encourages advancements in manufacturing and ground-breaking innovaঞons around every corner, it's an exciঞng ঞme to be in the plasঞcs industry and an even beer ঞme to be at NPE. It only happens once every three years, so take advantage of these five days and every opportunity that the sold-out show provides. Best wishes for an exciঞng and profitable show. William R. Carteaux

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