One of the first major trade shows of the year for the plastics industry is underway in California, and things are off to a strong start.
PN's Sarah Kominek is at MD&M West in Anaheim, where she writes that it is bustling with exhibitors and attendees following slower events in 2021 and 2022 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, attendees have specific interests and are ready with new projects compared with the last couple of years, exhibitors told her.
"The show 'feels old-school,'" Kelly Wessner, general manager at polymer distributor Formerra, told PN. "Everybody is here. The suppliers are all here; customers are here. Getting back to the critical mass here is fantastic."
Mack Molding Co. saw a "near record" number of leads on the first day of the show, Larry Hovish, director of communications at Mack, said.
Watch for Sarah's coverage from MD&M in the coming weeks.