These results represented an increase of 16% more attendees and 40% more exhibitors over the inaugural 2011 event, reinforcing ICE USA's position as the largest converting-focused show in North America. Some 120 first-time exhibitors joined this year and the returning exhibiting companies took larger space to showcase more running equipment.
Significant growth also occurred on the conference side of the event, where more than 500 converting professionals attended the Pre-show Seminars presented by five industry-leading organizations and the ICE USA Conference sponsored by AIMCAL. Three well-attended keynote presentations also added to the success of the 2013 educational offerings.
"We are very pleased with the growth of ICE USA," said Bob Chiricosta, Show Director, "but we are even more excited about the quality of the attendees." Chiricosta said many of the exhibitors told him how pleased they were with the decision-making level of the attendees and both the number and quality of the sales leads. Several exhibitors sold equipment on the show floor.
Bob Pasquale, president of New Era Converting Machinery, commented on the importance of bringing operating machinery to the show, “We think for a show like this it’s important to have a lot of machinery on the floor so that customers can see what we do and how our machines run.”
"ICE USA's reputation as a machinery show continues to grow," Chiricosta emphasized. "We are now the largest converting event in North America and we're growing fast."
The benefits of exhibiting at ICE USA extend beyond just having running machinery for many exhibitors. John A. Ferreira, vice president of Comexi North America highlighted a focus for Comexi at ICE USA. “We are really excited about the new training center we are establishing in Spain and ICE USA serves as a great avenue to promote the center,” said Ferreria. He added that ICE USA is also a good barometer for his business. “We’ve had really great visits at the show and discovered some projects that we were not aware of prior to the event.”
These sentiments were echoed by Chris Maxam, Global Marketing Administrator at Davis-Standard: “We were very pleased with the show this year and especially impressed by the high quality of the visitors. We’ve had a lot of good discussions about our new extrusion coating line dsX flex-pack.”
Robert Deitrick, Sales Director Asia & Americas at Nordson Extrusion Dies Industries, LLC, added, “It’s important for us to be at ICE because half or our customers are here - end users and processors - and the other half are machine builders. Typically people that are coming here have an active project and it is very valuable to meet them face to face. It’s an important show for us.”
ICE USA 2015 will be held in Orlando, Florida, February 10-12, 2015. For more information on ICE USA visit www.ice-x-usa.com.