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Plastic hat-trick for Telford and Shropshire

Meet Telford & Shropshire, the official convention bureau for the region, is celebrating after Telford was chosen as the official launch venue for a brand new plastics exhibition following the successes of Plastics Design Moulding (PDM) and Plastics Recycling Expo (PRE).

The Plastics Packaging Show will be held at The International Centre, Telford on 16th and 17th June 2015, and has been chosen by leading event organisers Crain Communications as the launch pad yet again, following their decision to officially launch PRE in the region earlier this year.  

Sarah Bird, Business Tourism Manager at Meet Telford & Shropshire, explained: “We have over 100 polymer-related companies here in Shropshire, including a dedicated polymer training and innovation centre, which is why the region is known as ‘plastics valley’ – and has been for over two decades. The plastics industry is huge and varied so to have secured our third very prestigious national exhibition here is a real coup, and reinforces Telford’s position both as a centre of excellence in the sector and the natural home for the industry’s events.”  

Designed by, and for professionals working within the plastics industry, the brand new Plastics Packaging Show will welcome thousands of visitors and professionals from across the UK and Europe. Combined with PDM and PRE, the exhibitions are set to bring in over £1.2million to the Telford and Shropshire economy.  

“Telford and Shropshire’s convention landscape is changing,” continued Sarah.  “There’s been a real growth in interest as a result of the £multi-million investment not only in our new Convention Quarter but across our region. This investment is transforming our business tourism offer making it a tempting location for event organisers looking to host large-scale national events.  

“With its central location, excellent transport links, over 60 conference and meetings facilities and dedicated event and hospitality teams on hand to create a delegate experience like no other, Telford and Shropshire has something to offer every type of business or industry event, which is why it’s fast becoming one of the UK’s leading convention destinations.”  

Steve Crowhurst, Managing Director of Crain Communications, added: “Packaging accounts for 38% of the total consumption of plastics in the UK, and the Plastics Packaging Show aims to focus on this large and thriving sector. Telford and Shropshire’s enhanced delegate offer is one of the key reasons we chose to launch the show here next year, not to mention the support we have received from the team at Meet Telford & Shropshire which has been second-to-none. We’re also looking forward to bringing back PRE and PDM for its 10th anniversary – so 2015 really is set to be a very special year.”  

Tom Gray, Chief Executive of the Southwater Event Group, concluded: “The International Centre, Telford is a natural choice for national exhibition organisers as we tick all of the boxes, from accessibility, on-site hotels, to extensive ground floor exhibition halls which sit adjacent to our conference and seminar suites – perfect for visitor flow. And, we’re centrally-located which means that visitors and exhibitors arriving nationally and from overseas can visit the region with ease.” 

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