NPE2018 Show Daily - Friday

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FRIDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY LC Industries Buys Graham Engineering Mini Hercules on Display While at NPE2018 LC Industries's operations team came to NPE2018 on a mission to replace its aging 8-lb Im- proved B30 blow molding machine. It produces 5-gallon water cans for the military at the compa- ny's plastics division in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. They found their replacement in Graham Engineering's 8-lb single-head Mini Hercules on display this week at the show. "Our B30 has served a long life and it was time to upgrade," says Patrick Lindsey, LCI 's COO. "We have enjoyed excellent service and support with Graham, so they were at the top of the list when it was time to consider the latest technology." "Available in 2.5-lb, 5-lb, or 8-lb shot sizes in single or dual head configuration, Mini Hercules has many features in a compact size for small industrial applications. It is an ideal replacement for aging B30s," said Graham Strategic Account Manager Scott Howland. The proprietary spiral diverter offers continuous internal cleaning during production and a one-hour color change for most materials. The system includes an XBM Navigator control system with a 15" touchscreen operator panel. "The market has been very receptive to our Mini Hercules since its launch in 2015," says Graham President and CEO Dave Schroeder. "Our first shipped in mid-2015, a few months after that year's NPE, so we are excited to exhibit one for the first time on a tradeshow floor at NPE2018. It is an added thrill to receive an order for it at the show." The new machine will replace the military supply expert's decades-old Improved B30 machine. Latin American Attendance Growing By María Natalia Ortega Leyva Plastics Technology México According to Susan Krys, vice president of trade shows and marketing for the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the partici- pation of Latin American attendees has been very positive since the show moved here to Orlando. Susan Krys, vice president of trade shows and marketing for PLASTICS, with Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of PLASTICS. Krys says that participation among Latin American attendees at NPE has been very positive since the show moved to Orlando. She attributes this in part to the positive growth of the show and also Florida's position as the gateway for business between Latin America and the United States. "From 2012 to 2015, we saw a 7 percent increase in the number of participants at NPE from Latin American countries. We are currently pro- jected to see higher participation than 2015, which is a testament to NPE's importance in the global plastics environment," she says. PLASTICS's strategy to attract Latin American buyers to the show included a ful- ly-integrated campaign. This campaign in- cluded the development of Spanish-language micro-site on that provided messag- ing on why Latin-American audiences should attend the show. Also, PLASTICS formed partnerships with seven publications to pub- lish ads and digital information in Spanish and Portuguese-languages. "Finally, we worked very closely with both the U.S. Department of Commerce's Com- mercial Service and its International Buyer Program, as well as working with the Embas- sies in Washington, D.C. for Latin American countries to push international registration among delegations coming to NPE2018. This personalized outreach was far more expan- sive than in years past and what really helped drive registration in a climate where interna- tional attendance to other American trade shows has seen a dip," says Krys. 6 I'm excited to share the level of tech- nology and equipment as recyclers to improve the job that we do. I feel like a kid in a candy store! I've been coming to the show for over 20 years. Tony Corso (right) Also pictured: Purchasing & Sales Anthony Corso Jr. (left) Plasticycle Corp. Purchasing & Sales Plasticycle Corp. I'm looking forward to sharing the vast difference of equipment that we saw. We're looking at new technologies and machines. This is our first NPE in Orlando. Dan Renwand Facilities Manager Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers We are looking for machines and new hot/ cold runner technology to reduce material usage and handling and improve efficiency. We have found an exhibitor at NPE that has solutions to the issues we were looking to solve. Brittany Ochs Process Engineer US Endoscopy I'm excited to talk to them about the new advancements in machinery. Equipment is definitely high on our priority list as far as cap. ex. goes and there's a lot of neat things here that I can take back to them. Kate Bouchard Supply Chain Manager ES Plastics Bring It Back Home We're all going home with some pretty cool swag, but more importantly, we're bursting with new ideas and concepts to take back to the office. So we asked— What are you most excited to share with your coworkers when you return? Interviews by Karen Cornelissen MoldMaking Technology

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