Is the plastics industry suffering from trade show overkill? After all, what with NPE in Orlando and Chinaplas in Shanghai, it’s been a busy spring, to say the least. It’s one of the theories that was advanced last week to explain why Plast, Italy’s triennial trade fair for the plastics industry in Milan and the second largest European show, felt slightly less busy than in other years.
Of course, with 1514 exhibitors from 58 different countries, PLAST 2012 could in no sense of the word be called quiet—after all, close to 80% of what is on display are machines of one kind or the other, all generating enough heat and bustle in the six halls of the show to make up for any slowdown in attendance. And many exhibitors reported that, although they attracted fewer visitors to the stands, those who did come were serious. “We have been writing a lot of quotations”, said a spokesman at Technova, a supplier of recycling plants. “We saw a lot of real interest, at least.”
According to the PLAST 2012 organizers, the “number of visitors, considering the current negative economic situation, overcame the expectations of the major part of the exhibitors.”