Mr. Urquhart will focus on sales of NPE2015 exhibit space to the packaging industries—in particular the PET segments—in countries where Gunther Hoyt Associates is the exclusive sales agent for NPE2015. These include European nations, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Michael Urquhart retired last year after a 33-year career with the global plastics equipment manufacturer Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. One of his responsibilities was to organize the company’s exhibits at numerous trade shows. At his retirement, he was Husky’s vice president of global sales for packaging systems.
“Mike brings to our NPE2015 sales program a wealth of industry knowledge and personal contacts focused on PET and other packaging,” said Gunther Hoyt, president of Gunther Hoyt Associates. “He is eminently qualified to explain to prospective exhibitors that NPE2015 will bring together the leading packaging manufacturers, their suppliers, and the merchandisers or OEMs which they serve.”
Packaging is consistently one of the dominant markets at NPE among both exhibitors and attendees, noted Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences. “With NPE2015 on track to equal or surpass the largest previous NPE, it will be an essential, once-in-three-years opportunity for suppliers to this market.”
NPE is a triennial international plastics exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. NPE2012 had 1,933 exhibitors, 40% of which came from outside the U.S.A. The event attracted 55,359 participants, 26% of them international visitors.
Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.
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