NPE2018 Show Daily - Monday

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NPE 2018 WEST HALL 2600 PRODUCED BY As NPE2018 Opens, It's All Systems Go for Carteaux, Industry By Jim Callari Plascs Technology The ribbon-cuমng ceremony done, it was ঞme for Bill Carteaux to start his first walk of the NPE show floor. A colleague at his side, he weaved his way through a scažering of exhibitors running late, scrambling to get to their booths, like schoolkids who got up too late racing for the bus. He's smiling broadly, shaking hands. He has what you might call a confident walk—not a strut or a swagger— making him appear taller than he is. A lot has to do with his posture, back straight, shoul- ders thrust back, head up and eyes forward. Now maybe 100 feet from the show en- trance, he encountered an exhibitor known for his good-natured ribbing of the trade as- sociaঞon execuঞve. "Good to see you smiling Bill," this parঞcular exhibitor wisecracked. Carteaux, the president and CEO of what was then the Society of the Plasঞcs Industry, didn't miss a beat in his reply, "It's the NPE show, buddy. Not a pity party. Nothing but smiles all week." Except it was NPE2009, the last show in Chicago, held as the economy was circling the drain, the plasঞcs market was contract- ing and—in the months preceding the June show in McCormick Place—a number of des- perate exhibitors, with the order pipeline empty, were trying to scale back or even cancel their plans to display. Carteaux now runs the same organizaঞon as president and CEO, now called Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS). Except that his roots are not those of what might be con- sidered a Washington, D.C. insider, or a "trade associaঞon guy." Before he took the associaঞon's top spot in 2005, he was "an industry guy," specifically a top execuঞve with injecঞon molding machine builders Demag Plasঞcs Group and before conঞnued on page 81 By Hannah Mason Plascs Technology A month out from the event, NPE2018 was already breaking its own records. The Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS) announced that NPE2018 had broken the record for amount of floor space sold to exhibitors. More than 1.2 million [ 2 of exhibit space have been sold for NPE this year, beaঞng NPE2015's record of 1.13 million [ 2 by over 71,000 [ 2 . But this isn't the first record that NPE2018 has broken this show cycle. According to Susan Krys, Vice President, trade shows and markeঞng at PLASTICS, this year's show started breaking records more than a year ago, with the NPE2018 Space Draw in March 2017. Ahead of the draw, space requests from exhibitors for NPE2018 had already exceeded NPE2015's draw by more than 25%. "We predict that this pre-show momen- tum will conঞnue, making NPE2018: The Plasঞcs Show one of the largest industry gatherings ever," Krys said. PLASTICS ažributes NPE2018's growth to a healthy and growing plasঞcs industry in M AY 17, 2 0 18 MAY 7TH, 2018 SHOW DAILY MONDAY OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNER THE OFFICIAL SHOW DAILY FOR NPE2018: THE PL ASTICS SHOW Plasঞcs Hall of Fame: 10 Inspiring Stories By Mari a Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México The tradiঞon of honoring outstanding individ- uals every three years by inducঞng them into the Plasঞcs Hall of Fame immediately before NPE conঞnues. This observance, which start- ed in 1972, had a record number of nomina- ঞons in 2018, and is considered the crowning achievement of any life spent in the plasঞcs industry. "These new inductees proudly represent the length and breadth of our great industry, with a wealth of accomplishments in polymer science, engineering, manufacturing, equip- ment design and business management," says Plasঞcs Academy President Jay Gardiner. "Each individual has been elected by the living members of the Hall of Fame a[er a lengthy screening process." "We look forward to honoring the past at the Hall of Fame Gala and then seeing the future of our industry at NPE2018," says Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon, prior to the May 6 ceremony. Some of the new inductees started in the industry through family ঞes, others by intel- lectual curiosity, fate or convicঞon. No mažer how they got into plasঞcs, it ulঞmately takes both personal and professional skills to reach conঞnued on page 82 Visit us at NPE2018 Booth W1845 Posiঞve thinking has served Bill Carteux well, both personally and professionally as president and CEO of the Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon. NPE2018 Breaks Records for Exhibit Space Requested, Sold general. Krys said, "The plasঞcs industry is strong and well-posiঞoned for conঞnued growth. U.S. plasঞcs industry employment has grown, with 965,000 workers who are innovaঞng and advocaঞng for a bežer indus- try and a bežer world. NPE remains the pre- mier plasঞcs show that people in our industry ažend to showcase their boldest innovaঞons, make meaningful connecঞons and learn from industry experts. The interest in our show—as dictated by new records—reflects this." Look out for more potenঞally record- breaking news from NPE2018 this week in the NPE Show Daily. SHOW PRODUCED BY THE OFFI CIAL S H OW DAILY FOR NPE2018: TH

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