Sales of exhibit space for the NPE 2009 international plastics exposition got off to an auspicious beginning February 19 and 20 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, when the traditional space drawing was held. Representatives of 864 companies selected space amounting to nearly 82% of the grand total taken at the last NPE show in 2006.
McCormick Place will be the site of the large triennial exposition on June 22–26 of next year.
Participants in the NPE 2009 Drawing for Exhibit Space contracted for 775,400 ft² (72,037 m²), 81.7% of the at-show total of 949,500 ft² (88,210 m²) occupied by 1,850 companies at NPE 2006.
“The enthusiastic response of the industry at our traditional drawing has given a big head start for NPE 2009 in comparison with a 2006 show that itself was successful,” says Gene Sanders, vice president of trade shows for the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. (SPI), the founder and producer of NPE. “SPI is confident that NPE 2009 will indeed surpass the 2006 show in size. This is appropriate for a show that will incorporate much new content and many innovative features.”
At the triennial NPE drawings, SPI employs a system designed to ensure fairness in the allocation of space. Rather than directly determining the size and location of an exhibitor’s space, SPI assigns drawing priority according to the number of previous NPEs in which a company has exhibited, and whether or not it is an SPI member. Within each category, the order in which space is selected by companies is determined by a random drawing.
One new exhibitor taking part in the drawing, SABIC Innovative Plastics, indicated that it was excited to be part of NPE and especially to have 12,000 ft² (1,115 m²) in the new McCormick West Building, which opened in August 2007. “We feel that the new West Hall will be an excellent opportunity for us,” said communications manager John Nicholas, mentioning the technical seminars, the educational programme, and the New Technology pavilions.
At NPE 2009, McCormick West will be the venue for the largest array of new-technology offerings in NPE history, including the ANTEC™ 2009 conference organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), a wide range of other conferences and seminars, pavilions focusing on emerging technologies and innovative products, other pavilions for special industry sectors such as elastomers, an international design competition, and a theatre for new-product demonstrations.