Mayor Teresa Jacobs Welcomes the Largest Plastics Trade Show and Conference to Orange County
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed more than 65,000 delegates from around the world to the Orange County Convention Center for the plastics industry’s global convention. With an estimated economic impact of $128 million, NPE2018: The Plastics Show brings thousands of professionals from more than 2,000 companies from over 128 countries to Central Florida to preview the latest in plastics technology, innovation and equipment.
“I remember the first NPE show in Orlando in 2012 and, of course, the second in 2015, which was record breaking,” Mayor Jacobs said. “Both experiences were extremely inspiring and I learned so much about the plastics industry from the organizers, attendees and exhibitors.”
The Plastics Industry Association, also known as 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. The Plastics Industry Association represents more than 965 thousand American workers and has been providing education and advocacy to its members since its inception in 1937.
This year’s NPE will be the largest plastics trade show and conference, with more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space filled with operating machinery, new product demos, exciting innovations and emerging technologies. This year, NPE’s goal is to divert 100 percent of the show’s waste to recycling.
The show will be held from May 7 through 11 and attendees originate from all over the world, with the largest contingencies hailing from China and Latin America. NPE2018 is estimated to have more than 11,000 international attendees.
Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey and District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke also joined Mayor Jacobs to present a proclamation at the opening ceremony in recognition of NPE2018. PLASTICS President and CEO Bill Carteaux, PLASTICS Board Chair Wylie Royce and NPE2018 Chair Glenn Anderson joined Mayor Jacobs to accept the proclamation.
“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 added. “We look forward to the next three shows in 2021, 2024 and 2027.”
Photo Caption: [L-R] Orange County District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey, PLASTICS President and CEO Bill Carteaux, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orange County District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke celebrate the opening of NPE 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center.