The show’s owner, the Society of the Plastics Industry, selected Orlando to realize reductions in the chief expenses incurred by exhibitors and attendees. According to SPI, the reductions could save the two groups an average of 48 percent on utilities for booths; 19 percent on on-site hauling (drayage) and rigging services for exhibitors; 23 percent on lodging and 11 percent on travel. The savings on travel from the U.S. Midwest - a key plastics manufacturing region with Chicago at its heart - would be even greater at 19 percent.
SPI noted three other NPE changes:
- The switch to
early April from the traditional late-June dates will allow more time for
exhibitors to follow up on inquiries and leads generated before summer
- Instead of the
traditional Monday opening day, NPE 2012 will start on Sunday with educational
programs and other special events. The trade show will be open from Monday
through Thursday, eliminating the sparsely attended final half-day of previous
- NPE exhibits will be grouped by product category, meeting a longstanding wish of attendees and exhibitors.