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NPE2021’s 13 Technology Zones Highlight Business Sectors

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Washington, D.C., producers of NPE: The Plastics Show, has announced that NPE2021 will be home to 13 distinct Technology Zones offering attendees the chance to see firsthand how the power of plastics will transform tomorrow through demonstrations of the latest machinery and equipment, meetings with industry experts in some of the most essential sectors of the plastics industry and educational sessions focused on plastics innovations.

NPE2021â??s 13 Technology Zones cover many of the industryâ??s most critical sectors and feature the insights, solutions and services that are key to strengthening any supply chain. The zones consolidate their individual sectorâ??s most cutting-edge advancements, tools, materials and processes in one central location, offering a first-hand preview of the technologies that will help move the industry forward.

The 13 Technology Zones to be featured at NPE2021 include 3D/4D Printing Zone, Bottle Zone, Contract Manufacturing Zone, Decorating & Secondary Processes Zone, Flexible Packaging Zone, Inspection & Measurement Zone, Medtech Zone, Moldmaking Zone, Polymers & Additives Zone, Product Design & Engineering Services Zone, Recycling & Sustainability Zone, Rigid Packaging Zone and the Robotics & Automation Zone.

Given the expansive scale of NPE2021â??the upcoming triennial trade show is scheduled to feature more than 2,000 exhibitors and more than one million net sq. ft. of exhibit spaceâ??the showâ??s 13 Technology Zones help attendees cultivate their NPE2021 experience, facilitating a more personalized approach to the show.

Some of the Technology Zones to be featured at NPE2021 are:

Bottle Zone

Back after its successful debut at NPE2018, the Bottle Zone, with PETplanet and drinktec as the official supporting partners, offers a comprehensive look at one of the most important industry sectors, spotlighting innovations, technologies and solutions for the beverage bottling and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market. In this zone, attendees will find companies focused on plastic bottle design, machinery and processes that are driving the marketplace forward. In addition to the return of the Biergarten, PETplanet will again host the Bottle Zone Technical Forum, featuring presentations by bottling exhibitors highlighting the latest in sustainability, caps and closures, PET trends in preforms, bottling and containers, and machinery and equipment.

Robotics and Automation Zone

This new Technology Zone at NPE2021 will highlight the latest advancements in autonomous technologies. In this zone, attendees will learn more about the power of mobile and service robots, predictive maintenance technology and other transformative solutions that are addressing the most pressing manufacturing and production challenges to increase organizationsâ?? efficiency.

Recycling and Sustainability Zone

The Recycling & Sustainability Zone will offer an up-close look at the most innovative end-market solutions, bioplastics and lightweighting tactics that are improving sustainability and advancing life-cycle circularity in plastic products. The zone will examine all of the industryâ??s most pressing recycling topics: chemical versus mechanical recycling, improving bottle-to-bottle processes, closed loop recyclability and applying ocean plastics in manufacturing.

To learn more about NPE2021 and the showâ??s Technology Zones, visit Register at For more information, visit

Publication date: 22/12/2020

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