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An entry in the IPDC at NPE2009

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., December 13, 2011: It’s no exaggeration to say that NPE2012 will be a veritable supermarket of polymer technology—the Western Hemisphere’s largest assemblage by far of the plastics and elastomer machinery, materials, services, and know-how that medical manufacturers need to expand profitability, increase output, improve products, and develop new ones.

Produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, the triennial NPE exposition will next take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, after 40 years in Chicago. The improved economies and logistics of this new venue have encouraged many NPE2012 exhibitors to bring more machinery to the show, much of it to be operated on-site, according to John Effmann of ENTEK Manufacturing Inc, who is chairman of NPE2012.

“NPE2012 will provide medical manufacturers with opportunities to examine new extrusion, molding, and thermoforming systems in actual operation,” Effmann said. “At the same time, there will be many exhibitors introducing regulation-compliant grades of the raw materials in demand for medical devices, such as PVC, TPEs, silicones, polypropylene, engineering resins, optically clear plastics, and bioplastics. Other exhibitors with strong ties to the medical market will include moldmakers, custom molders, developers of design software, and suppliers of assembly, decorating, and packaging systems.”

Other highlights of specific interest to medical device professionals will include:

Multi-Exhibitor Pavilions. Specially reserved areas on the exhibit floor will each have multiple companies specializing in the same technology, such as TPEs, flexible vinyl, fluoropolymers, thermoforming, adhesives and sealants, and moldmaking.

SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference. Co-located with the NPE2012 trade show, the conference will included a session on medical products and healthcare, as well as other sessions on sustainability and bioplastics.

2nd International Plastics Design Competition. Among the categories open to entrants from around the world is one on medical products. Entries may be submitted online at [See attached photos of one of the medical product designs featured at the last IPDC, at NPE2009.]

SPE ANTEC® 2012, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will be co-located with NPE2012 and have a multi-paper session dedicated to medical plastics. Among other sessions will be those focusing on TPEs, vinyl, micro-molding, and other technologies widely employed in medical manufacture.

“It is impossible to over-estimate the role of plastics in healthcare,” noted Effmann. “From hospitals and clinics to home procedures, plastics help to heal, bring comfort, stop the spread of disease, advance preventative medicine, and just plain save lives. Not a single physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, technician, or aide can do his or her work without plastic devices, components, packaging, and supplies. So it is no surprise that at NPE2012 medical manufacturers will encounter all sorts of technologies directly relevant to their businesses.”

Online registration for NPE2012 is now open at, along with housing reservations and complete information about the trade show, co-located conferences, and other special programs.


The NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. A complete schedule of events can be found online at NPE is solely owned and produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

Founded in 1937, SPI is the plastics industry trade association representing the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States. SPI's member companies represent the entire plastics industry supply chain, including processors, machinery and equipment manufacturers and raw materials suppliers. The U.S. plastics industry employs 1.1 million workers and provides nearly $379 billion in annual shipments.