Kickstart: NPE? Already?
2020-09-15    [Source:Plastics News]
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    NPE? Already?

    I know it's only mid-September of 2020, but I have a question. Are you ready for NPE2021?

Registration just opened for the show set for May 17-21 in Orlando, Fla. And I know a lot of companies are probably already planning their exhibition floor space and picking what equipment or material to show. We all know that NPE is a vital business event, one that companies plan product launches around. It happens only once every three years. But this year has not been like other years. So making major plans for the first half of 2021 may be just a little difficult to imagine right now.

    But the difficulties of 2020 may be exactly the reason to invest in NPE2021, according to organizers the Plastics Industry Association.

    "Given the challenges of the past six months, it is vitally important for the plastics community to come together and support each other with a positive outlook to the future," Tony Radoszewski, president and CEO of the association, said in a news release. "NPE2021 will be the place not only to highlight key contributions in the world's response to the coronavirus but also to see what's coming from businesses across an industry that will transform tomorrow."

     The 'staycation economy'

    I think everyone has gotten used to the idea that they're not going to do much vacation traveling in 2020. But how long will the staycation mindset stick around?

    As Sarah Kominek writes, the maker of pool accessories has just invested in another machine so it can add capacity and adjust production as needed.

    "We're looking at all of the stay-at-home orders requiring people to invest in their backyard," Confer said. "If we see that this staycation economy is something that's going to last for an extended period, say three to five years or more, then we're definitely going to expand again."

    This rough year isn't getting any easier. Residents and businesses in the Western U.S. are dealing with a big wildfire season, with flames destroying houses and entire towns.

    We here at PN have been reaching out to companies in the region to check in. As of the start of the weekend, firms we'd checked on reported they were still safe, but keeping watch.

    And back on the U.S. Gulf Coast, early warnings from the National Weather Service say Tropical Storm Sally could drop up to 24 inches of rain in the area near New Orleans. It is expected to grow to hurricane status today and hit a region just east of where Hurricane Laura shut down some plastics operations.

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