Only seven days remain until the opening of the inaugural International Converting Exhibition (ICE) USA. The new dedicated paper, film and foil converting and package-printing tradeshow runs April 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Ctr. in Orlando, FL.
In a sign of better business times ahead, the event will feature more than 250 exhibitors of machinery, equipment, materials, accessories, components, supplies and consumables–many of which will have running machinery on the show floor. Beyond the exhibits, a comprehensive three-day technical conference will be presented by AIMCAL, leading off each day with a free keynote presentation open to all attendees. If you get into town a day early, you also have a choice of two CEMA Fundamentals courses on either Slitting/Rewinding or Coating/Laminating on April 5.
While at the show, be sure to stop by the CONVERTING QUARTERLY booth (#1147) and pick up a copy of our premiere 2011 Quarter 1 issue. You can also subscribe to the print magazine and our weekly CQ E-Newsletter.
My Thoughts: ICE USA organizer Mack Brooks Exhibitions has done its homework and put in a supreme effort to launch the first American edition of its successful ICE events. The exhibitors will be there, the machinery and equipment will be there, the educational opps will be there. The only question is, “Will the buying audience attend?” Now, it’s your turn. It’s clear to me that converters should take advantage of ICE USA. At the very least (for the northern third of the country), it’s a chance to thaw out for a few days while investigating the latest technology and trends impacting your business.