The Society of Plastics Engineers' annual technical conference, Antec, together with Plastics News' Plastics Encounter trade show, drew 2,679 people to Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, from May 4-8.
Antec 2008 had 615 technical papers. More than 175 exhibitors displayed their wares at Plastics Encounter, which ran May 5-7 during Antec.
This was the second year that Antec and Plastics Encounter were collocated. The 2007 event drew 3,546 people to Cincinnati. The year before, at Antec 2006, 2,053 people attended in Charlotte, N.C.
In 2009, SPE will collocate Antec with the NPE 2009 trade show in Chicago, run by the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.. There are no Plastics Encounter shows scheduled for 2009.
SPE is based in Brookfield, Conn. Plastics News is in Akron, Ohio.