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CEO DATELINE – Plastics group cancels in-person show

Jan. 6, 2021
By Kathryn Walson

The Plastics Industry Association on Tuesday canceled the in-person components of PE2021: The Plastics Show, scheduled for May 17-21 in Orlando, Fla., due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“After extensive review, it has been determined that it is not possible to hold the planned event and also provide a safe environment at that time and location, and therefore we must cancel the in-person show,” the group’s website states.

The association consulted medical and legal experts, exhibitors and members, the statement said.

The Plastics Show is the largest plastics show in the Americas, according to the association’s website. More than 1,000 companies had reserved nearly 1 million net square feet of exhibit space.

“While we are disappointed by the circumstances that led to this decision, we know that the plastics industry is strong and resilient. Over the past ten months, it has been leading the transformation of manufacturing processes and supply chain operations that deliver medical equipment and supplies to pharmaceutical companies, medical supply manufacturers, and healthcare workers, protecting first responders and frontline workers against the coronavirus,” the trade group’s website states.