Interplas, a trade show dedicated to the plastics industry, returned to the NEC for three days in September and brought together the plastics industry for the first time in four years.
More than 40 presentations covered the main themes of ‘Advancing UK Plastics’ and ‘Sustainability’ at the event, which took place from 28-31 September. This year the triennial show saw some 300+ exhibitors demonstrate new technologies, machines and materials.
The CPD accredited conference programme was delivered across two stages: The Advancing UK Plastics Stage hosted presentations from Jaguar LandRover, Lloyds Bank, Microban, NHS and the BPF, while Tesco, Innovate UK, WRAP, and PwC were among the speakers presenting on the Sustainability Stage.
In addition to the conference programme, features such as the Knowledge Pavilion included trade bodies, consultants and service providers, which gave attendees advice on research and development, skills and education, regulation and materials selection.
The new PlastikCity Pavilion presented 20 first-time exhibitors to the audience, and Women in Plastics returned with a networking morning and conference session.
Charlotte Chambers, conference producer for Interplas said: “There is so much happening within the sector, and we managed to cover all the key issues from post-Brexit regulation to sustainable manufacturing and bioplastics. The delegate feedback was terrific, with some fantastic Q&A sessions at which our expert speakers really excelled.”
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group, owners of Interplas, commented: “After 18 months of uncertainty, challenging commercial conditions and constantly changing operational requirements we are delighted to have delivered Interplas for the UK plastics industry. The exhibitors have had an absolute blast, reconnecting with their market and having those face to face encounters that we have missed so much during the pandemic.”
“The flood of positive feedback we have received is fantastic and I must offer a huge thank you to our exhibitors who stuck with us, who believed in our ability to deliver the shows and who trusted us to do so. When we pull together and are positive in facing challenges we can do amazing things for our markets. Alongside our sponsors, partners, speakers and visitors they made the show the success that it was.”