Why Attend

Recognized as the world’s largest plastics trade show and conference, NPE The Plastics Show represents more than 1 million net square feet of operating machinery, new product demos, exciting innovations and emerging technologies. 2,000 of the world’s leading suppliers and equipment manufacturers will be on hand to showcase their best new solutions. The show features eleven sector and process-specific Technology Zones and International Pavilions highlighting what’s trending in the industry right now. Building on its successful show in 2018, NPE anticipates even greater participation from all facets of the global plastics supply chain when it returns to Orlando, Florida, May 17–21, 2021.
NPE2021 is where you can come to cover emerging industry trends, technological innovations and new product introductions in all plastic traditional sectors and vertical markets, including automotive, bottling, medical, packaging and more. Join us to connect with industry leaders and influencers to build relationships and gain important insights to guide your story development. 


Show highlights, perfect for your coverage:

Each show day features key events that bring the plastics industry to life. NPE2021 will immerse you in everything related to plastics—from raw materials to finished products. Stop by each of the Technology Zones and International Pavilions to see operating machinery, new product demos, exciting innovations and emerging technologies.


Education opportunities to deepen your knowledge:

The show floor is a hot bed of interesting content, innovative technology and emerging trends. The best way to get up-to speed on the latest industry trends is to attend the nine technical conferences—including the all new Plastics Leadership Summit—taking place at NPE2021 designed to provide you access to industry best practices, cutting edge innovations and industry thought leaders.


Networking opportunities get you connected to industry experts:

Join the industry as they gather to not only conduct business, but to re-kindle old friendships, make new contacts, and grow relationships. Networking events provide a perfect opportunity to meet the thought leaders and experts that can help you craft your story or serve as a resource for future in-depth pieces. 


Trends on Display:

  • Growth in Bottling: With U.S. consumer sentiment for purchasing bottled goods remaining positive, expenditures on food-and-beverages are on track to increase 5% in the first quarter. The Bottle Zone will demonstrate the advances being made to bottling, making plastics an efficient, safe, reliable and affordable option.
  • Technology in Motion: NPE puts technology and innovation front and center. Attendees can meet and source from suppliers, see running innovative machinery on the show floor that make plastics manufacturing and processes more efficient and drive new products.
  • Focus on Sustainability: NPE is bringing to the forefront sustainability in plastics, with various areas of the floor and education programming dedicated to sustainability, including the Re|focus Zone and Sustainability & Recycling Summit and the Bottle Zone, NPE is driving the conversation to implement the zero-waste economy with greater emphasis on sustainable methods in plastics manufacturing and greater recyclability and biodegradeability in plastics products through exhibits and programming.
  • Future of Plastics: NPE’s comprehensive education programming of 11 technical conferences is where the next ideas in manufacturing, not just impacting plastics but also eight vertical industries, will be presented to the world through keynotes, breakout sessions, seminars and other programs.
  • Industry Leaders: NPE is bringing together the largest gathering of C-level plastics executives to discuss key issues affecting their business and identifying where the industry is headed with the Plastics Leadership Summit.


Potential Storylines:

  • Uncover how the plastics industry is setting the example for recycling initiatives.
  • Investigate the vertical markets using plastics to make products more affordable, safer, and reliable.
  • Discover the technology innovations coming to the market that will support the efficiency of the plastics supply chain.
  • Research and report on what the plastics industry is doing to support natural disaster recovery efforts.
  • Report on the steps the industry is taking to ensure that the next generation of leadership is trained and prepared for a future in the plastics industry.