It had been four years since the North American plastics industry turned its attention northwards to Canada's Plast-Ex event, but the show returned to Toronto in June under new owners and with collocated fairs. In October 2009, the former Canon Communications (now part of UBM) acquired the Plast-Ex, Expoplast, and Packex trade shows. Plast-Ex and Expoplast, which it bought from the Canadian Plastics Industry Assn., were to be combined with Packex, which was purchased from France's Comexposium group and the Packaging Assn. of Canada.
The last edition of Plast-Ex in 2007 featured more than 500 exhibitors from 13 different countries and attracted more than 8000 attendees. At the time of the acquisition, the former Canon estimated that the overall exhibition would include 1100 exhibitors. Returning to its biennial cycle, the next Plast-Ex will take place May 14-16, 2013....