Dear NPE2021 Exhibitors, Attendees, Partners, and Friends,
We at NPE® recognize the challenges that you are facing in making hard decisions about your business operations and personal lives each day, as we live through this health crisis. The changes that we all face during the fight against the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic not only affect us professionally, but personally. We sincerely hope that you and your families, co-workers, and friends are safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.
From medical supplies and food packaging, to re-tooling our machinery and manufacturing, plastics are essential to the effort to stop the spread of this virus. Plastics will only become increasingly more vital to help keep our families healthy, our food fresh and protected, and our healthcare workers safe.
With NPE2021 less than a year away, we anticipate that things will turn around in the coming months, leading up to an especially vibrant and necessary NPE2021 that will provide the entire industry a platform to recapture lost revenues and business opportunities, and the chance to see colleagues and old friends face-to-face once again.
Already, close to 1,200 companies have committed to exhibiting at NPE2021, occupying more than 1 million net square feet in exhibit space—reflecting the confidence our industry has in NPE. Over the coming months, we will work to fill the remaining spaces with new and returning companies that plan to showcase the latest technologies in equipment, materials, and plastics processes next May.
With the safety of our exhibitors and attendees top of mind as we plan our 2021 event, we have been communicating with our NPE venue, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC); Visit Orlando; and vendor partners, to discuss the best-practice COVID-19 measures that they plan to implement with large-scale trade shows and within their own businesses. All are committed to complying with guidelines that are being developed and are working to adopt and implement new, increased measures to ensure the health and safety of event visitors.
In July, the OCCC received its Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response, and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, the OCCC is the largest venues in the nation to receive the GBAC STAR™ accreditation. You can read more here.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide more detailed information regarding the safeguards being put in place as we approach the dates of our show. We appreciate your support of NPE2021 and the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) and remain committed to planning and providing you with an event where the entire plastics industry supply chain can convene to drive business forward.
Please stay healthy and safe, and we look forward to seeing you next May at a strong and successful NPE2021.
Vice President, Trade Shows
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)