Successful debut of Plastics Extrusion World Expo, Compounding World Expo and Plastics Recycling World Expo in North America

Three exhibitions focused on plastics compounding, recycling and extrusion made their highly successful US debuts in Cleveland, Ohio this month. The Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo attracted a total of 261 exhibitors and 4,375 visitors to the Huntington Convention Center on 8-9 May 2019.

“We are absolutely delighted with the response to our exhibitions, which were very well supported by the North American extrusion, recycling and compounding industries” said Rita Andrews, head of exhibitions at AMI, the organiser of the event. “We’ve had extremely positive feedback about the Cleveland shows from exhibitors and visitors alike”.

Michael Krause, general manager with one of the Compounding World Expo exhibitors, BPC Toll Compounding and Blending, said:  “In the first three hours it was equivalent for a couple of days at the NPE show. It’s more focused on compounding and people that came by were interested in the topic.”

Steve DeSpain, president and general manager at Reifenhäuser Inc, an exhibitor in the Plastics Extrusion World Expo, added: “The expo has been well attended and presenting [in the conference theatre] led a lot of people to our stand, which is great!”

There was a similarly enthusiastic reaction from exhibitors in the Plastics Recycling World Expo. Bernard Gabauer, development manager for plastics at Bühler said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries and the focused audience has been great for leads”.

The five conference theatres at the Cleveland shows attracted large crowds. They hosted a series of presentations covering a wide range of technologies and market opportunities, plus informative training seminars and business debates featuring industry leaders. In addition, the networking party at the Rock and Hall of Fame proved very popular, attracting a capacity crowd of more than 1,000 people.

“The focused nature of the expos worked very well for visitors from the plastics recycling, extrusion and compounding sectors,” explained Andy Beevers, events director at AMI. “They could meet with key suppliers and participate in highly relevant conference sessions all under one roof. Similarly for exhibitors, the clear focus of the events meant they were meeting large numbers of visitors with a very specific interest in their products and services”.

As expected, the vast majority of 4,375 visitors to the Cleveland shows came from North America, with 92% from the USA, Canada and Mexico. However, the event also attracted visitors from across South America and from further afield, including Belgium, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam.

The expos built on the success of AMI’s debut exhibitions, which took place in Essen, Germany in June 2019. These attracted 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors.

The Compounding World, Plastics Recycling World and Plastics Extrusion World Expos will next take place in Messe Essen in Germany on 3-4 June 2020. They will be joined by an additional focused tradeshow focused on plastics testing and analysis, the Polymer Testing World Expo. More than 150 stands have already been sold for the German expos and the floorplan has been enlarged to meet increased demand.

All four expos will also take place at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio next year on 4-5 November. The floorplan has also been enlarged and is already filling up rapidly.

For information on exhibiting at these events, please contact the expo sales team at data-sf-ec-immutable="">, tel: +44 (0)117 924 9442.