The resume of this edition compared to previous one is here available, as just sent by the organizer to the exhibitors, with the following notes.
Concerning the exhibitors' participation, there was around 3% less of net exhibiting area (while gross area did not change, covering entirely six Halls again). On the other hand, there was a remarkable increase of exhibiting companies (direct, indirect, from Italy and abroad), in total 5% more. It is a common trend indeed in trade shows, not only in our sector, given the general economic framework still not shining.
In whole, PROMAPLAST srl CEO Mario Maggiani confirmed that the exhibits showcased at PLAST 2015 were of high level and, of course, he thanked all exhibitors for this. However, a renowned research firm was entrusted to verify if such impression was shared by visitors too and, in the next weeks, the outcome of such survey will be released.
Concerning visitors' affluence, there was a very slight decrease in the attendance, mainly from Italian visitors (fact not so unexpected, anyhow). On the other hand, concerning visitors from abroad, it is evident the increase of European attendance instead of other origins and, as expected from this viewpoint, the huge concentration during this period of international trade shows for our sector was certainly not helping.
Beside the number of visitors (which is however very similar to past edition), from first impressions gathered on site not only from the organizer but also from press operators, in addition to positive confirmations of some contracts signed on site, most of the exhibitors confirmed to have recorded high quality contacts, with concrete investment perspectives.
Finally, as announced during the inaugural press conference, all exhibitors were duly informed that the next edition of PLAST will be held from September 26 to 30, 2017, in Milan, anticipating a few months the normal frequency, then regaining again the triennial cycle (2017-2020 etc.). All motivations of such relevant decision are resumed in the devoted press release, here available. First comments of the exhibitors on site were largely positive and the reasons for this choice got a broad consensus. The auspice of the organizer is that the visitors' attendance and the exhibitors' participation at PLAST 2015 will be further strengthened.