The society of the plastics industry made an interesting announcement today stating that they will move NPE 2012 from McCormick Place in Chicago to Orlando Florida at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). NPE is the largest plastics industry event in North America and it would seem that this move signals the event is shrinking. McCormick place has 2.6 million-square feet of exhibition space and the Orange County Convention Center has 2.1 million-square feet of exhibition space.
In 2009 nearly 2,000 companies exhibited on 1 million square feet (93,000 square meters), more than a third of them coming from outside the United States. Approximately 75,000 plastics professionals from 120 countries were expected to attend.
We'll see what 2012 looks like. Hopefully the economy will pick up and we'll be able to see that kind of activity in the plastics industry again.