Getting back to business

Travel and live events are back at last. While Covid has certainly not been consigned to history, the highly successful vaccination, testing, and mitigation strategies implemented by national authorities mean our industry’s business activities can now, finally, begin to return to a sort of normality. And as a first step towards that, I’m pleased to be able to invite you to join me and my colleagues at one of our two Plastics Extrusion World Expos, which take place in Europe and America later this year. Organised by Pipe and Profile Extrusion publisher

AMI, the first of these ‘real world’ events will be held in Essen in Germany on 29-30 September 2021, while the second takes place in Cleveland, Ohio on 3-4 November 2021. Both are free-to-attend and mark a return to ‘face-to-face’ networking and learning for the plastics industry (you and any of your colleagues can register for free tickets here). Whether you join us in Europe or North America, you will benefit not only from a focused plastics extrusion expo, but also be able to visit the co-located Compounding World, Plastics Recycling World and Polymer Testing World Expos. Altogeth- er, each location will include more than 200 exhibitor companies. See the current European exhibitor list here See the current American exhibitor list here Aside from the exhibitions, you will also be able

to participate in the five free-to-attend conference theatres running at each event. These include dedicated plastics extrusion sessions with panel discussions exploring the future of the plastic pipes

industry, plus technical talks on developments in processing and materials technologies, as well as sustainability issues. Extrusion visitors can also join any of the compounding, recycling and testing theatres. Altogether, you can choose to listen to and learn from any of 100 expert speakers at each location. View the European conference programme here View the American conference programme here Of course, these two expos will be different from

their predecessors. International health experts and governments have made great progress in manag- ing Covid, but it is certainly not defeated. Hygiene and infection mitigation measures will be evident across the venues, during your travel, and at your accommodation. All of us at AMI take the health and safety of our expo exhibitors and visitors very seriously. You can rest assured that we are working with our venue partners to ensure all necessary precautions are in place and these will be clearly communicated to all registered attendees before and on arrival at each expo to make sure you have a safe, effective, and enjoyable experience. The Plastics Extrusion World Expos present an

ideal opportunity for our industry to begin to get back to business and to reconnect with customers and suppliers. I really hope to see some of you in either Essen or Cleveland later this year.

Chris Smith Editor-in-Chief AMI Magazines

September 2021 | PIPE & PROFILE EXTRUSION 5

Main image: The scene is now set for a return to face-to-face business

activity such as this (show floor from the 2019 expo in

Cleveland, US)


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