NPE2009 emphasizes co-located events

NPE, the triennial plastics tradeshow, will feature in 2009 several co-located events, including MoldMaking Expo, SPE's ANTEC, Time Compression, and other conferences and shows.

NPE, the triennial plastics tradeshow hosted by the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI, Washington, D.C.), will feature a variety of additonal events in 2009. The event is scheduled for June 22-26, 2009, at Chicago's McCormick Place.

"For 2009, SPI has transformed NPE into a vast, multifaceted international convocation that will address the business and technical interests of the entire range of industry professionals," said Gene Sanders, SPI's vice president of trade shows. "NPE2009 will be comprised of eight full-scale SPI- and partner-sponsored expositions and conferences, including four events not previously disclosed."

The previously announced events slated to take place at McCormick Place during NPE2009 week include the 26th edition of the NPE exposition, with 2,000 exhibiting companies; the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC 2009 technical conference, with more than 650 original, peer-reviewed presentations; SPI's "The Business of Plastics" educational program; and the MoldMaking Expo conference and exposition, produced by Gardner Publications Inc.

Now SPI has reached agreements with partner organizations that will add the following four events to show week:

--PET Strategies Plus conference, produced by Packaging Strategies and focusing on business strategy, issues, and technologies involving packaging applications of PET.

--Time Compression conference and exposition, produced by Gardner Publications Inc. and focusing on technologies for rapid product design and development. This will be the inaugural edition of the event.

--Latin American Plastics conference, produced by B2B Portales Inc.'s Tecnologφa del Plastico and Conversion magazines and conducted entirely in Spanish.

--Coatings for Plastics conference, produced by the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology (FSCT) for professionals who specify and use coatings on plastics, as well as coating manufacturers and raw material suppliers.

All four recently added events will take place in the new West Building, along with the entire ANTEC, MoldMaking Expo, and "The Business of Plastics" conference, plus a portion of the NPE2009 exhibits.

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