We have just wrapped up the first 2 days of NPE 2015 in Orlando, Florida. With almost 60,000 attendees expected, the halls and booths at the show are buzzing with activity. Our booth has been a hive of activity with customers and partners from all over the world coming by to talk about the finer points of plug assisted thermoforming as well as other tooling materials for thermoforming.
By all accounts, the 2015 NPE show in Orlando was a solid success. The organizers, SPI, were pleased with increased attendance and many industry correspondents reported positive reviews from exhibitors. Prior to the show, we set out goals for leads, conversations and meetings. We exceeded on all fronts, so you can add our name to the list of happy exhibitors.
It’s a bit of a haul to Sao Paulo from Boston, but with only one hour time difference, a decent sleep on the plane means that you can arrive without too much jet lag. The Feiplastic tradeshow is billed as the largest trade show in Latin America with approximately 70,000 visitors which would make it similar in size to NPE (there were 65,810 attendees in Orlando this year).
Once again the city of Guangzhou in Southern China welcomed the world of plastics professionals to its massive exhibition hall. Though the organizers of the K Fair (Messe Dusseldorf) insist they are not nervous, it appears that Chinaplas is now larger than K, at least in terms of quantity (if not quality) of exhibitors.
Investopedia defines value-added as “the enhancement a company gives its product or service before offering the product to customers.” That sounds about right to us. In the thermoforming industry, value-added can take the form of painting, bonding, finishing or assembling. Over the years, CMT has been asked to come up with some interesting syntactic solutions, though we never really proposed them as value-added. We think it’s time to change that.
Peer references are often the most effective way of imparting credibility to something: a product, a service, a new hire, etc. In the case of the Penn College Thin-Gauge Thermoforming Seminar, the same holds true. With over 30 participants from 19 different companies, the 2015 workshop garnered some very positive reviews. Here are just a few:
Our time in Atlanta seemed to come and go very quickly, probably because we spent most of that time talking to customers, partners and industry colleagues. We had several meetings booked in advance which usually ensures meaningful conversation, and this year was no exception. In particular, our senior materials engineer and co-founder, Noel Tessier, came back to the show to meet with Dr. Peter Martin of Queens University, Belfast. These two eminent minds have worked on several papers related to plug assists over the years, and it looks like we might have some new findings to publish in the near future. Stay tuned.
It’s that time again – Kunststoff und Kautschukindustrie 2016! Perhaps you know this event by its simple acronym instead: “K”. (It’s much easier to remember in English…) With over 200,000 visitors expected again this year, the triennial global event is still #1 in the plastics tradeshow calendar.
What a year! 2016 has come to close and we finally have some time to exhale and look back at what was an eventful and record-breaking year.