WASHINGTON (May 28, 2 p.m. EDT) — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has extended by three weeks the deadline and the discount for prospective visitors to pre-register for NPE 2003.
As SPI announced the extension, the number of registered exhibitors stood at 1,926, 4 percent less than the record total of 2,014 three years ago and 12 percent greater than the previous record for exhibiting companies, set in 1997. Fully 30 percent of exhibitors signed on thus far for NPE 2003 listed their headquarters in countries outside the U.S., compared with 24.5 percent for NPE 2000.
“While growth in the number of exhibitors from outside the U.S. has been a continuing trend for NPE over several decades, the current increase represents a leap forward in the importance of NPE as an international event,” said Jordan L. Morgenstern, SPI's vice president of trade shows. Sponsored by SPI, the triennial exposition takes place June 23-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
While registration on-site at the show will cost $75, the fee for those who pre-register by June 19 is $50. The previous deadline was May 23. The extension applies to those who register online at the NPE 2003 Web site (www.npe.org), by fax or mail, and it includes those using guest invitations from exhibitors.