Wednesday,May 8, 2024

NPE2024: The Greatest Show on Earth…or at least on North American Soil

As we navigate the midway point of NPE2024, the air is electric with innovation, networking, and learning within the plastics industry. This year’s event is particularly noteworthy, as nearly half of the attendees are stepping into the NPE arena for the first time. With the vast expanse of the show floor, a plethora of sessions, and endless networking opportunities, it’s understandable that many might feel both exhilarated and somewhat overwhelmed.

Mid-Show Reflections

First and foremost, if you’re among the 47% of newcomers, take a moment to applaud your adventurous spirit. Navigating one of the industry’s most significant gatherings is no small feat. The first piece of advice? Pace yourself. The event is a marathon, not a sprint. Start each day with a plan, but allow yourself the flexibility to explore.

So far, the show has unveiled cutting-edge advancements in sustainable materials and automation technology that are set to redefine industry standards. One standout is the demonstration of a new biodegradable polymer that promises to bridge the gap between sustainability and performance. This innovation is not just a game-changer; it’s a glimpse into the future of plastics.

Another can’t-miss is the series of workshops on advanced recycling technologies. These sessions are pivotal for anyone looking to understand the role of plastics in a circular economy.



  • ARBURG (W3743)– With 12 integrated cells running, it’s worth a visit. Join the booth crawl – if you have seen everyone walking around with some cool glasses, you may want to head to booth #3743 in the West Hall.  You will be able to experience the ARBURG booth crawl by picking up the glasses temples from the Kistler booth (#W3321), the glasses case from Adler (#S31151), Silicone Strap from Shin-Etsu (#S26055), glasses from ARBURG and go home with your own customized glasses.  Note: Torsten Kruse of Kruse Training (#W4488) holds the patent on the design, so you can wear them until you put on the VR goggles for a virtual molding plant tour.
  • Conair Group (W2113) – We’re sure you haven’t been able to explore all of the 55 products being highlighted on the Conair booth, but hope you have had a chance to stop by for a look. Since we are providing coffee in the morning, snacks throughout the day and happy hour in the evening, you should have time to at least see those that will help enhance your business.
  • Sepro Automation (W143) – For those moments where you just want to be mesmerized and stop thinking for a moment, head over to the Sepro booth where you will see robot handoffs.
  • Kruse Training (W…) – Experience the future of the plastics industry at the Kruse booth where you can slip on a set of VR Goggles and make your way through the factory in Virtual Reality. While you are there, make sure you take a look at the new lessons available with 12 lessons on the importance of drying.

Networking: The Heart of NPE2024

NPE2024 isn’t just about the technology; it’s about the people. The networking events have been buzzing with energy, offering unparalleled opportunities to connect with industry leaders and innovators. Make it a point to attend at least one more networking event before the show concludes. Remember, the conversations you have here could shape the future of your career or business.

For the First-Time Attendees

Feeling overwhelmed is natural, but remember, every expert was once a newcomer. Use this opportunity to absorb, inquire, and connect. And most importantly, take care of yourself. Stay hydrated, take breaks, and enjoy the journey.

As we look forward to the remaining days of the show, let’s continue to embrace the opportunities for growth, learning, and innovation. The future of plastics is bright, and NPE2024 is just the beginning.