New trade show launched to cater to the MRO needs

The Plastics Industry Trade Associationhas launched its newest event, MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Operations) Expo, to be held June 8 -9, 2016 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Centre in Rosemont, Illinois.

MRO Expo, produced by SPI, the same team that organises NPE, is designed to assist those manufacturing professionals who are responsible for ensuring production lines and facility operations are running efficiently and at full capacity. Whereas the triennial NPE services a broad spectrum of plastics machinery and services, the annual MRO Expo will service an ongoing need for auxiliary equipment, mould components, replacement parts or upgrades to primary equipment, as well as maintenance supplies and services processors and manufacturers require on a regular basis.

William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO said that the need to serve the MRO market on a more frequent basis has surfaced upon consulting their customer base. “Our goal is to showcase the many options and services to assist our manufacturing community in keeping a shop floor operating efficiently,” he said. The MRO Expo is a one-stop shop for plastics manufacturers to research, specify, assess and price annual MRO equipment parts, supplies, software, and services, he said, adding that the aftersales market for primary manufacturing equipment will be represented at MRO Expo, from large machinery suppliers with their own internal MRO equipment, supplies and training, to the smaller companies, which wholly focus on keeping facilities and production lines running efficiently.

For SPI, hosting it in Chicago was a logical choice and choosing a venue 1.7 miles from O’Hare International Airport allows for easy, daily access from any destination in the US and abroad. “A significant percentage of the plastics manufacturing community exist within driving distance to Chicago, making it an ideal location for a face-to-face gathering. In addition, the proximity to O’Hare will allow many attendees to make a short trip to see every MRO product and service they need to consider”, stated Gene Sanders, SPI’s Senior Vice President of Business Development.

SPI is also programming sessions as well as working with educational partners to develop a conference track specifically for professionals in manufacturing. Educational subjects will include shop floor safety, preventive maintenance, production process and systems, and production floor training.

For more information regarding the MRO Expo, kindly visit the event page at www.MROexpo.org


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