SPI Approves NPE2012 Committee, Charged with Maximizing Return on Investment for Exhibitors and Visitors

February 9, 2010

Robert J. Martino
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Committee Goals: Lower Costs for Participants, Exhibitor Package Plans, More Machinery in Operation, Broader Range of Technologies, Wealth of Co-Locations and Conferences

A newly appointed committee of plastics company officials will be responsible for maximizing the return on investment for exhibitors and visitors at the NPE2012 international plastics exposition, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

Chairing the NPE2012 Committee is John Effmann, director of sales and marketing for ENTEK Manufacturing, Inc. Serving as NPE2012 vice-chairman is James O. (Jim) Murphy president of the Extrusion Systems business at Davis-Standard, LLC. The NPE2012 Executive Committee headed by Effmann and Murphy is responsible for policymaking and planning and includes the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of five subcommittees. Working with these industry leaders will be SPI staff in charge of implementing the decisions of the NPE2012 Committee.

The NPE2012 subcommittees and their chairpersons are:

  • Operations: Glenn Anderson, vice president and general manager, Milacron Inc.
  • Sales & Marketing: Larry Doyle, vice president, global sales and marketing, The Conair Group, Inc.
  • New Technology: Tim Stojka, president and CEO, Fast Heat Inc. and Agentis Energy. Stojka was chairman of NPE2006. 
  • International: Kurt Waldhauer, president and CEO, American Maplan Corp.
  • Education: Ana Elena Fernandez, director of business development, Reedy International.

Scheduled for April 1-5, 2012, NPE2012 will take place in Orlando, FL—a new venue for NPE, which has been held in Chicago since 1968.

“While the move to Orlando is a dramatic shift, the enormous value of NPE for the plastics industry has not changed,” said Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president for trade shows. “NPE2012 will be a showcase for cutting-edge technology, a catalyst for new business, and the world’s largest assemblage of plastics educational programs”

Broad-Based Program to Make Return on Investment Even Greater for NPE Participants

“The first step in increasing the return on investment for NPE2012 participants was the decision to move NPE to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando,” said Committee chairman Effmann. “In comparison with past NPEs, the Orlando venue will provide significant cost savings—from hotels, meals, and other costs incurred by all participants, to such major exhibitor-specific costs as those for drayage and utilities.”

Effmann cited these other measures designed to make NPE2012 more exciting and profitable for exhibitors and attendees:
  • Package plans for exhibitors. These will enable exhibitors to simplify planning and arrive in advance at a firm figure for the chief costs involved in mounting an exhibit.
  • More machinery operating on the show floor. The move to the Orlando means that exhibitors will enjoy lower costs and fewer complications in bringing equipment to the show and operating it on-site. “A top priority for the NPE2012 Committee is to establish conditions that take full advantage of this improved situation, creating a dynamic show where visitors have many opportunities to see the latest processing innovations actually put to work,” said Effmann. 
  • Broad range of technologies. Special NPE2012 programs and pavilions will be dedicated to emerging technologies like bioplastics and nanotechnology, resources for sustainability and energy conservation, innovations in product design, and specialized technological sectors like elastomers and fluoropolymers.
  • Wealth of educational opportunities for attendees. Through co-locations with partner groups, SPI plans to make available multiple conferences, seminars, and other educational events. To make it easier for visitors to take advantage of these opportunities, NPE2012 educational programs will start on a Sunday; the trade show will be open from Monday through Thursday.


The NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The NPE2012 educational program will begin on Sunday. Monday will be the first day of the four-day trade show. NPE is produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Visit www.npe.org for information about the 2009 edition of the event.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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