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Some good news on the events front at last, as Rapid News Group announce its decision to reschedule Interplas, the UK’s flagship event for the plastics industry, to 28 – 30 September 2021 at Birmingham’s NEC.
With COVID-19 vaccinations under way and a modicum of hope returning to the UK, the organisers have moved quickly to secure these new dates to enable the community to plan for the next period with confidence.
The organisers state that a September dateline offers more time for the vaccination programme to take effect and “offers a better route to achieving and exceeding the aims of delivering a substantial community gathering to facilitate learning, networking and deliver value for confirmed exhibitors”.
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group, commented: “The latest information in the UK means the right thing to do is to reschedule the event to enable a further 13 weeks of vaccinations to take place ahead of the event.
“On current deployment projections this has the potential to have a huge impact on attendee’s ability to visit and of course the subsequent ability for our community to come together for education, insight, networking and to do business. As an organiser we recognise these connections are what makes live events work and this adjustment means we can be sure of creating more of these connections for the community whilst safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all attendees.
The news has been well-received within UK’s leading plastics trade associations. Richard Hird, Chairman of the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), was quick to praise the decision: “In the ever-changing world that we find ourselves in, we have all learned to be flexible in how we conduct ourselves and our businesses. In this regard the PMMDA applauds Rapid News for working closely with their partners and stake holders to arrive at the decision to defer the date of the Interplas exhibition to its traditional September dates and move forward to September 2021.
“With so many global exhibitions cancelled over the last 12 months, PMMDA and its members will look forward to meeting up with their customers and partners, within a safe environment, at the UK plastics industry’s showcase event in September 2021. We’ll also welcome our members to PMMDA’s 55th Annual General Meeting which will be held on the second day of the show.”
Visitors to the show in 2021 can look forward to a comprehensive conference programme delivered across multiple stages, with live stream feeds for a worldwide audience.
There will also be a host of interactive features, pavilions, content and networking events, including a meetings programme and a new community platform that enables a credible digital complement for the physical event. This will offer even more ways to connect with the community both before and during the show.