National Plastics Exposition/Annual Technical Conference Event in Orlando




I just returned from a very informative pair of plastics events in Orlando, Florida. A joint event of the National Plastics Exposition produced by the Society of the Plastics Industry and the Annual Technical Conference organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers was held at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando this week.
The National Plastics Exposition (NPE to the plastics trade) which has been a tradition for the past four decades, featured displays of more than 1,900 companies covering a total of 930,000 square feet of exhibit space. Exhibits ranged from displays of individual machinery components, technical support services and plastics materials to demonstrations of massive plastics processing equipment in full operation. For an old-timer such as myself, the exposition offered on one hand, the opportunity renew personal acquaintances of the past 40 years, while on the other, an opportunity to catch up on the latest technology in plastics materials, design tools and processing techniques.
Co-featured in the South Building of the Orange County Convention Center was the Society of Plastics Engineers 2012 Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC), the world’s largest plastics technical conference. the 2012 ANTEC offered a selection of over 100 Technical Sessions featuring peer reviewed technical papers along with plenary sessions and New Technology and Fundamentals Forums. This event provided an unparalleled opportunity to review the latest in plastics technological advances from around the world.
As an officer in the Medical Plastics Division of Society of Plastics Engineers, my attention was primarily focused on the individuals and activities of that Division as well as advances in the field of materials development, design methodology and manufacturing techniques for plastics applications in the medical industry.
Next year’s SPE ANTEC will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio and the next NPE will be held in 2015 once again in Orlando. If you have specific programs involving plastics design, materials or processing; or if you are interested in investigating ways the plastics could be incorporated into your programs, I encourage you attend one or both of these events.


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