NPE2021’s 13 Technology Zones Highlight The Plastics Industry’s Most Important Business Sectors

December 2, 2020

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, announced that NPE2021 will be home to 13 distinct Technology Zones offering attendees the chance to see firsthand how the power of plastics will transform tomorrow through demonstrations of the latest machinery and equipment, meetings with industry experts in some of the most essential sectors of the plastics industry, and educational sessions focused on plastics innovations.

NPE2021’s 13 Technology Zones cover many of the industry’s most critical sectors and feature the insights, solutions, and services that are key to strengthening any supply chain. The zones consolidate their individual sector’s most cutting-edge advancements, tools, materials, and processes in one central location, offering a first-hand preview of the technologies that will help move the industry forward.

“The Technology Zones are a perfect encapsulation of what makes NPE2021 such an exciting showcase of the plastics industry,” said Susan Krys, PLASTICS Vice President, Trade Shows. “These shows-within-a-show connect exhibitors, attendees, and buyers in specific sectors that most align with their individual business priorities, enabling them to maximize their time at the trade show and build relationships with like-minded NPE participants from across the supply chain.”

The 13 Technology Zones to be featured at NPE2021 include: 3D/4D Printing Zone, Bottle Zone, Contract Manufacturing Zone, Decorating & Secondary Processes Zone, Flexible Packaging Zone, Inspection & Measurement Zone, Medtech Zone, Moldmaking Zone, Polymers & Additives Zone, Product Design & Engineering Services Zone, Recycling & Sustainability Zone, Rigid Packaging Zone, and the Robotics & Automation Zone.

Given the expansive scale of NPE2021—the upcoming triennial trade show is scheduled to feature more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than one million net square feet of exhibit space—the show’s 13 Technology Zones help attendees cultivate their NPE2021 experience, facilitating a more personalized approach to the show.

Some of the highly anticipated Technology Zones to be featured at NPE2021 are:

Bottle Zone

Back after its successful debut at NPE2018, the Bottle Zone, with PETplanet and drinktec as the official supporting partners, offers a comprehensive look at one of the most important industry sectors, spotlighting innovations, technologies, and solutions for the beverage bottling and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market. In this zone, attendees will find companies focused on plastic bottle design, machinery, and processes that are driving the marketplace forward. In addition to the return of the Biergarten, PETplanet will again host the Bottle Zone Technical Forum, featuring presentations by bottling exhibitors highlighting the latest in sustainability, caps and closures, PET trends in preforms, bottling and containers, and machinery and equipment.

Robotics and Automation Zone

This new Technology Zone at NPE2021 will highlight the latest advancements in autonomous technologies. In this zone, attendees will learn more about the power of mobile and service robots, predictive maintenance technology, and other transformative solutions that are addressing the most pressing manufacturing and production challenges to increase organizations’ efficiency.

Recycling and Sustainability Zone

The Recycling & Sustainability Zone will offer an up-close look at the most innovative end-market solutions, bioplastics, and lightweighting tactics that are improving sustainability and advancing life-cycle circularity in plastic products. The zone will examine all the industry’s most pressing recycling topics: chemical versus mechanical recycling, improving bottle-to-bottle processes, closed loop recyclability, and applying ocean plastics in manufacturing.

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About NPE2021: The Plastics Show and Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)

Recognized as the largest plastics event in the Americas, NPE2021 brings together the most innovative plastics solutions in one place. Held every three years, NPE attracts plastic professionals and features industry-focused education and leading suppliers of emerging technologies, equipment, and materials for every phase of plastics processing. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), producer of NPE®, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing over one million workers in the $432 billion U.S. industry. For more information, visit and connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebookLinkedInInstagram, and YouTube.