NPE Survey Finds Majority Of Attendees Want To Learn About New Plastics Technologies

NPE 2006 EXPECTED TO SPARK INTEREST IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR PLASTICS INDUSTRY

IDES Survey Finds 77% of Attendees Expect to Grow Business from New Technologies Found at NPE

LARAMIE, Wyo. - June 1, 2006 - NPE's opening day is just around the corner and many plastics
professionals are more interested in seeking out new technologies to help their business than
negotiating contracts and making purchasing decisions. IDES, the fastest growing search destination
and informational resource for the plastics industry, recently surveyed customers and found more
than three quarters are searching for answers to improve their business by learning about new
technologies through demonstrations at NPE 2006 in Chicago, Illinois.

The survey also revealed that unlike European trade events, attendees to this year's NPE will
not be planning to make buying decisions at the show, but rather intend to investigate products
and services, and meet with representatives in person on big ticket items such as processing
machinery and plastic materials.

Focusing on business vs. pleasure, attendees do not plan to attend parties or schmooze with
customers. Additionally there is low interest when it comes to finding new vendors to replace
current providers or collecting free stuff from exhibitors (also known as 'Swag'). Several
resin buyers will focus on finding lower cost materials as resin prices continue to rise.
Other notable aspects of the response include the following trends:

+ About half plan to meet with specific plastics professionals in person.
+ Half will investigate plastics machinery and seek out answers to specific processing problems.
+ 40% hope to find an alternative resin to replace a current in-use grade.

This survey was conducted by email in March 2006 and queried IDES customers in product design
and plastics processing on topics relating to NPE 2006 in Chicago, Illinois (USA).

View the complete NPE 2006 Survey Results: http://www.ides.com/npe/survey.asp

About IDES Inc.

IDES is a plastic materials information management company. The Plastics Web(TM)
from IDES is a website with a vertical search engine connecting tens of thousands
of companies around the globe with plastics content and technical data sheets from
500 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom resin selectors for
nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is
headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe and Mexico.
For more information, visit www.ides.com.

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Contact:
Nathan Potter
IDES – The Plastics Web(TM)
+1-307-742-9227 ext. 246
Email Contact


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