376 days out, NPE2012 neared 2009 floor-space levels


With only 376 days left until the show, NPE2012 had attracted 813 exhibiting companies covering 754,000-ft2. John Effmann, chairman of the NPE2012 committee and director of sales and marketing for Entek Extruders, laid out where the triennial show stood on March 22 with just over a year until it starts to members of the Society of the Plastics Industry's (SPI) Equipment Council meeting. The council was gathered in Scottsdale, AZ from March 21-23 at the Westin Kierland resort for SPI's Spring 2011 National Board Conference.

Effmann told the equipment council that the show was already at 98% of 2009 event levels in terms of floor coverage, with a budgeted space of 825,000-ft2 and a sales goal of 900,000-ft2. Gene Sanders, SPI's senior VP trade shows, told the group that because of demand, SPI had formally begun selling space in the North Hall at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, in addition to the West and South halls....
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