What to Expect at Space Draw

Dec 8, 2022

Supply chains are still sluggish. Stock markets are moving up and down faster than injection mold extraction robots. And somehow, it’s practically February.

Despite a frenetic start to 2023, hundreds of plastics manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and solutions providers couldn’t be more optimistic thanks to a major event that is just around the corner.

No, it’s not the Super Bowl. It’s Space Draw. And it’s one of the most exciting and important moments of the year for any business connected to the plastics industry.

Here’s why.

Space Draw—which takes place February 27 – March 3, 2023 in Orlando—marks the official kickoff for companies preparing to exhibit at NPE2024: The Plastics Show.

For those new to the industry, or if you need a refresher:

  • More than 55,000 buyers and decision makers from 110 countries and every industry on this planet come to NPE to do business—making it the largest plastics trade show in the Americas and the event that could have the single, greatest positive impact on your organization for the next decade.
  • Due to high demand to reach this audience, companies that want a spot on the NPE2024 show floor will select their booth location during the special in-person event called Space Draw.
  • If you haven’t applied to exhibit at NPE 2024 or registered for the In-Person Space Draw event, now is the time to act because it’s just weeks away.

The attendees at NPE2024 are exactly the types of decision makers and customers that companies like yours are seeking. Buyers and executives across every industry come to NPE—from medical to construction to packaging to consumer products to automotive and more.

Who you’ll see at NPE:

  • 71% of attendees are decision-makers or influencers
  • 32% have purchasing budgets of $1 million or higher
  • 90% of attendees are buyers from unique companies
  • 50% are in management or C-suite roles

The sheer volume and quality of leads that you can capture in just a week at NPE2024 is staggering enough. However, there are even more reasons to be excited about exhibiting at NPE2024.

Here are our current top three:

  1. Pent-Up Demand

When the doors open on May 6, 2024, it will have been six years since the last NPE was held. In that time, technology has evolved exponentially, and companies have dramatically changed how they operate. Those within the plastics industry have had to deal with and adapt to changing regulations, workforce shortages, and a society that demands more eco-friendly packaging.

This creates an unprecedented opportunity at NPE2024 for exhibiting companies to promote their latest innovations to prospective buyers who are eager to invest in the next phases of growth for their organizations. Will you be there to connect with investment-minded executives looking to position their businesses for success over the next five to ten years?

  1. A Focus on Generating Growth

The plastics industry has always led the pack in problem-solving, and NPE2024 is the strategic platform that brings together every manufacturer, every mold maker, every chemist, every engineer, every sector, every vertical, every buyer, every seller, and every technical expert—both today and in the future—in service of building of NPE: the New Plastics Economy.

NPE2024 is not just a return to the business-forward showcase of the latest plastics materials and manufacturing innovations. It is the first step to creating the future we need.

If you’re an exhibiting company at NPE2024, you’ll be able to put your thought leadership on full display for potential customers and the world to see. It’s nearly impossible to justify skipping this massive opportunity to increase your reach and generate exponential growth for your organization.

  1. It’s Time to Get Back Together. It’s Time to Do Business.

One thing we all have learned since the pandemic began, is how much we rely on each other, and how much we rely on plastics to create a safe, adaptable, and renewable world.

 There are hundreds of complex problems to be solved as we move into the fourth industrial revolution, and no one organization can address these alone. It requires rethinking the roles of the different sectors, the reuse of materials, and redefining sustainability metrics through profit, people, and planet. 

 NPE2024 is the global platform for the plastics industry, and your primary destination to advance your business. Bring your customers and prospects as guests so they can experience demonstrations of your latest equipment, products, or solutions firsthand, meet with your team of industry experts, and collaborate with you to help solve their biggest challenges.

We hope to see you at NPE2024 from May 6-10, 2024 in Orlando, Florida.

Have questions about exhibiting? Email the NPE2024 Exhibitor Sales Team:

Whether it is your first NPE Space Draw, or your twenty-first, the 2023 Space Draw event in Orlando offers the opportunity to accelerate your NPE2024 experience. While the primary focus of Space Draw is the selection of exhibit space, there are additional areas that insiders know bring a lot of value to every NPE exhibitor. For more details, visit the Space Draw page.

Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of Space Draw:

1. Maximize Your Time in Orlando

Every major vendor and supplier for NPE2024 will be onsite during Space Draw to provide complimentary consultation on the services available for the event.

Exhibitors can book times to meet face-to-face with all the vendors who will help bring their booths to life. In addition, marketing specialists will be onsite and available to help exhibitors understand how they can get the most out of the show.

One-on-one consultation is available to help assess marketing and messaging plans and to walk through the free marketing toolkits that will be available. This is especially useful for small to mid-size businesses, who could use a few additional resources to level up their NPE2024 return on investment.

2. Set Yourself Up for Success at NPE2024

Every morning, a 45-minute overview session is offered which details information on NPE2024 and on the industry in general. Q&A is available during each session, so you can get answers to all your questions.

Also, be sure to take one of the daily tours around the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). This will help to orient you to the facility and understand the services available near your exhibit space. It is especially helpful for small teams in determining how long you may have to step away from your booth to grab lunch. It is also useful for large teams creating booth schedules and finding quiet places to meet with clients onsite. Knowing where everything is puts you a step ahead in getting prepared.

3. Check Out Your Competition

NPE2024 remains the largest plastics materials and manufacturing show in the Americas, and Space Draw is where you can catch a glimpse of what next year’s market landscape is going to look like.

Most of the show floor is expected to sell out during Space Draw, which means you’ll be able to understand which of your competitors will be there, and where they’ll be located on the floor. It is an opportunity to pressure-test your go-to-market strategy in real-time and make shifts to your planned positioning based on what you learn.

4. Connect with Your Community

NPE2024 is the relaunch of the largest opportunity for the plastics industry in the Americas, and Space Draw is the biggest pre-show event. This will be the first in-person gathering of the NPE community since 2018 and it is the place to see old friends and meet new connections.

There is much to learn from experienced exhibitors and it’s a chance to compare notes over a coffee or meals in person. A lot has changed in the past five years but one thing that hasn’t changed is the magic that happens when we are all together.

Still need to register to attend Space Draw? Get started now!