Attendance for NPE 2015 appears to be well on its way to surpassing expectations — and far ahead of the last show in 2012.
Registrations for NPE as of 4 p.m. on March 23 hit 60,323, according to the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the show organizer. SPI had conservatively estimated that 60,000 visitors would attend the show this year.
At the last NPE, in 2012, registrations by the end of the second day were 51,200, according to Plastics News archives.
While SPI has touted NPE 2015 as the largest ever, that's been in terms of the number of exhibitors and total exhibit space. No one has predicted attendance to set a new record. NPE 2000 in Chicago attracted an estimated 90,000 visitors.