Merchandisers, packagers, designers, processors and converters will discover the newest polymer technologies for packaging at NPE 2012, SPI recently announced. SPI, The Plastics Industry Trade Association, produces the triennial NPE. In many cases, visitors from the packaging industry will be able to observe commercial-scale production of film, thermoformed sheet, bottles and containers right on the exhibit floor.

NPE 2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, after 40 years in Chicago. The improved economies and logistics of this new venue have encouraged many NPE2012 exhibitors to bring more machinery to the show, much of it to be operated on-site, according to John Effmann of Entek Manufacturing Inc., chairman of NPE 2012.

“Polymer technologies for the packaging and web converting industries will be everywhere at NPE 2012,” says Effmann. “Packaging is the largest single resin user worldwide and the fastest-growing sector of the plastics industry in developing countries. In the United States, one-third of all resin shipped each year is used for flexible packaging, bottles, cosmetic jars, shrink wrap, dairy tubs, egg cartons – on and on.”

Since most of the 2,000 exhibiting companies include either packaging producers or web converters among their clientele, the trade show portion of NPE 2012 will present these professionals with a treasury of new equipment, materials, software and services.

Highlights of specific interest to packaging professionals will include Bioplastics and Sustainability; 2nd International Plastics Design Competition; SPE ANTEC 2012, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, co-located with NPE 2012; Latin American Seminar en Español.

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