From the Office of Orange County District 2 Commissioner Rod Love
On Monday, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs kicked off the NPE 2018: The Plastics Show weeklong convention with an opening ceremony, welcoming more than 65,000 delegates globally to the Orange County Convention Center.
Orange County Commissioners Betsy VanderLey and Pete Clark, as well as Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO Bill Carteaux, were also present at the ceremony. Mayor Jacobs and the County Commissioners presented a proclamation in recognition of NPE2018 to President and CEO Carteaux, PLASTICS Board Chair Wylie Royce and NPE2018 Chair Glenn Anderson.
Hosted every three years at the Orange County Convention Center, the NPE show has had an estimated economic impact of $128 million. This year’s convention brought thousands of professionals from more than 2,000 companies from over 128 countries to the Central Florida region to network with one another and get a sneak peak in plastics technology, innovation, and equipment. PLASTICS represents the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States and is the only organization that represents every segment of the plastics supply chain; this association represents more than 965,000 American workers and has been providing education and advocacy to its members since its inception in 1937.
“We are excited about the innovations exhibited by the NPE2018 Show that has attracted interested parties and stakeholders in the plastics industry to come to the Central Florida region to learn more about the latest innovations and expand their network.”
–Commissioner Rod Love
Attendees for the event had originated from around the globe, with the largest contingencies coming from China and Latin America. The conference was estimated to have had more than 11,000 international attendees.
NPE 2018 is considered to be the largest plastics trade show and conference to date, having had more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space filled with operating machinery, new product demos, exciting innovations and emerging technologies. NPE’s goal for this year was to divert 100 percent of the convention’s waste to recycling. An official “NPE2018 Mobile App” was available for attendees to download and utilize for planning their schedule during their time at the conference. Exhibits and programs were organized in such a way to provide attendees easy access to companies as well as obtain the information they needed for their businesses.
“This has become one of my favorite events to attend. The energy is contagious, the innovation is mind-blowing, and the machinery, tools and technology on display are incredible.” Mayor Jacobs said. “We look forward to the next three shows in 2021, 2024 and 2027.”
Residents who are interested in learning more about NPE2018, including what it had covered, an exhibitor directory, and show photos, the website for the conference is accessible via the following link: http://www.npe.org/.