Colocation of the National Plastics Exposition with the Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers creates a great synergy, at least in my opinion. If you were interested in a particular subject, such as medical plastics, there were technical presentations at ANTEC and opportunities to see examples of technology and processing on the floor at NPE2012, held last month in Orlando, Florida.
Attendance at ANTEC last month was 1432, a bump of 9% over the conference at NPE2009. There were a total of 623 papers this year. Of this, 512 were podium presentations, 31 were professional poster presentations, and 80 were student posters. Importantly, the student presence this year was especially strong—in fact, a record for recent years.