Plastics-processing Equipment More Operational Machinery to Be Exhibited at NPE2012

Author / Editor: Eric Culp / Jürgen Schreier

The NPE plastics fair is known for its dynamism, with working plastics-processing equipment filling the exhibit halls with clamour. That diminished at NPE2009, in the Great Recession year, but the excitement returns for NPE2012, which SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Association, says will mark “the return of the machines.”

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Produced by SPI, the triennial NPE international plastics exposition takes place next on April 1–5 in Orlando, Florida, after 40 years of association with Chicago.

“The improved economies and logistics of the new venue have encouraged many NPE2012 exhibitors to purchase more exhibit space and bring more machinery to the show, much of it to be operated on-site,” says Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. “Contributing to this enhanced commitment by exhibitors is the steadily improving manufacturing sector of the US economy.”

Sanders cites reports from three exhibitors of injection moulding systems as representative of the positive response to NPE2012 from machinery companies. Their testimony shows how the larger scale of exhibits can increase the return on trade show investment for attendees. Visitors will have more opportunities to gain a firsthand, hands-on understanding of new plastics-processing technologies.

“We know moulders want to see equipment making parts, touch the controls, witness tangible differences from what they already have, and experience for themselves what they otherwise might only see in a brochure,” offered David Preusse, president of Wittmann Battenfeld, Inc. Preusse said that his larger 2012 booth would have more machines in operation than at NPE2009.

The improved economy has prompted Engel Machinery Inc. also to increase its display of equipment, returning its booth to the pre-NPE2009 size. “All of our equipment at NPE2012 will be in operation,” declared Engel North America president Mark Sankovitch, “including part moulding, downstream processing and automated part handling. A machine in operation allows visitors to see for themselves that the specifications quoted are achievable in operation, not just on paper.”

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag brought only three machines to NPE2009 but will be exhibiting twelve at NPE2012, all of them running. “We’ll be demonstrating productivity solutions for everything from general-purpose moulding to ultra-high-speed packaging, LSR moulding and in-mould labelling,” said Jim Mitchell, executive vice president.

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