COLUMBUS, OHIO — The inaugural Processors Conference, held Nov. 1-3 in Columbus, may have had some hits and misses, but the Society of Plastics Engineers, which organized the show, considers the event a success and is planning a new show in 1999.
More than 730 attendees, exhibitors and speakers registered for the show, said SPE spokesman Jim Toner. Brookfield, Conn.-based SPE did not have breakdowns of the figures available by press time.
``The highlight [of the show] definitely was the technical papers,'' Toner said. ``As for the exhibition portion, it was six-of-one, a half-dozen-of-the-other, depending on who you asked.''
SPE organized the technical sessions into three areas — injection molding, extrusion and blow molding — and geared the presentations for workers engaged in plastics production.
Attendees packed both the injection molding and extrusion sessions, while the crowds were a little more sparse for blow molding.
The exhibition hall had only light attendance most hours of the weekend show, as attendees were wrapped up in the technical sessions.
Still, a number of the 63 exhibitors made valuable contacts at the show, Toner said.
``One exhibitor made a contact in the last 10 minutes of the show that probably made his quarter,'' he said.
SPE is working on plans to improve the next Processors Conference, planned for March 1999 in Charlotte, N.C., Toner said.
SPE might change the timing of the conference to avoid taking up a whole weekend for attendees, Toner said.
Toner also hopes to line up processors in the Charlotte area for plant tours, which he said were a highly successful cap to the Columbus conference.