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THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO; MEXICO Will lead large Latin American attendance at NPE 2009, The greatest Western-Hemisphere Plastics Event

 Show to Offer Plastics Professionals from the Entire Region ‘Unprecedented Access to New Technologies as Well as Business and Technical Conferences’
A Chicago pipe and drum corps provided the bagpipe music that traditionally celebrates the opening of NPE 09.

The largest group of international visitors to the NPE2009 plastics exposition will be industry professionals from Latin America, attracted by a wealth of innovations making this event broader in technological scope and richer in educational opportunities than any previous NPE.
NPE2009 began yesterday June 22-26, 2009 at Chicago’s McCormick Place with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies. Among the innovative features of this event, its co-location with the 2009 edition of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC™, the world’s largest plastics technical conference. In addition, SPI  sponsor an extensive education program, including some sessions in Spanish. Also new to this NPE will be a number of multi-exhibitor pavilions focusing on new technologies and specialized industry sectors, an international design competition, and theaters for new-product presentations.


 Ribbon-cutting at the opening of NPE2009, with SPI officials, NPE2009 Committee members, and others.

 NPE 2006 Registrants from Latin America
Country – Number of Registrants
Argentina – 164
Bolivia – 8
Brazil – 518
Chile – 85
Colombia – 495
Costa Rica – 88
Dominican Republic – 135
Ecuador – 112
El Salvador – 44
Guatemala – 89
Honduras – 28
Mexico – 2,162
Nicaragua – 4
Panama – 14
Paraguay – 2
Peru – 132
Uruguay – 17
Venezuela – 210
TOTAL 4,307

Latin American Participation in NPE Now Plays Significant Role 
“NPE has always been the largest plastics event in our hemisphere,” noted SPI president and CEO William R. Carteaux, “and NPE2009 will provide plastics professionals with unprecedented access to new technologies, as well as business and technical conferences.”
Design, product development, and moldmaking were the subjects of exhibits and conference sessions throughout NPE2009. This photo shows a scene in MoldMaking Expo, co-located with NPE2009.
Carteaux noted that since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, Mexico has consistently been the homeland of the largest group of international visitors to NPE after those from Canada. “In fact, Latin Americans in general now make up the largest regional group of visitors at NPE,” said Carteaux. “We are confident that plastics professionals from Mexico, Central America, and South America will account for nearly 10% of all non-exhibitor registrants for NPE2009, including participants from the U.S. as well as the rest of the world.”
The NPE2009 International Plastics Exposition  is taking place from June 22 to 26,  at Chicago’s McCormick Place. A total of 2,000 companies will exhibit on 1,000,000 sq.ft. (93,000 sq.m), more than a third of them coming directly from outside the U.S. About 75,000 plastics professionals from 120 countries are expected to register. The event is produced by the Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI). Co-located with NPE2009 will be the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC™ 2009, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, and Gardner Publications’ MoldMaking Expo™ 2009 show and conference. Visit www.npe.org.
Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI’s member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides nearly $379 billion in annual shipments.