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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR


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 mitiga- tion 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 Recycling World Expos, which take place in Europe and America this year. Organised by Plastics Recycling World 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 recycling expo, but also be able to visit the co- located Compounding World, Plastics Extrusion World and Polymer Testing World Expos. Altogether, 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 recycling sessions with panel discussions exploring the impact of current and


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forthcoming regulations on plastics recycling, exploring how to increase recycling rates, and discussing the future of packaging recycling. Recycling visitors can also join any of the extrusion, compounding 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 Recycling 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.


David Eldridge Editor Plastics Recycling World


September 2021 | PLASTICS RECYCLING WORLD 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)


IMAGE: AMI


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