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Vinyl saves lives at NPE 2015

Vinyl saves lives at NPE 2015
To demonstrate how plastics, and specifically PVC or vinyl, saves lives, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and its affiliate, the Flexible Vinyl Alliance, will feature a special booth at NPE2015, March 23 -27, 2015, in the lobby of the South Hall of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Among the showcased items will be an actual portable medical isolation containment unit similar to those used in Africa and elsewhere to isolate patients and protect medical personnel and the populace from the spread of infectious diseases and contain pandemics including Ebola and SARS. PPE or Personal Protective Equipment such as garments, masks and shoe covers will also be on display.

The goal is to demonstrate that plastics used in the manufacture of medical products are safe and necessary for appropriate patient care. SPI, sponsors of and contributors to the booth, expect it to generate positive international media coverage for vinyl and other sectors of the plastics industry and their benefits to the public.

This special booth at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase, which attracts 60,000+ visitors, 2,000 exhibitors and press from around the globe, is designed to show the world that "Vinyl Saves Lives." Vinyl is a major plastic component used in the manufacture of portable medical isolation units, protective garments, floors and a host of other medical products in the fight against infectious diseases and potential global pandemic such as Ebola, ASAES and Lassa Fever.

Exhibit Supported by Key Industry Associations

The booth will be supported by leading soft vinyl producers and manufacturers of specialized medical products and systems, as well as organizations using these materials in affected regions of Africa and elsewhere. The Flexible Vinyl Alliance, SPI's Flexible Vinyl Products Division, The Vinyl Institute (VI) and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) among others, will be represented in the booth. A wide range of other medical products and healthcare groups are expected to be part of the presentation.

The "Vinyl Saves Lives" project and booth is an initiative of Washington-based SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, its members and allied groups. SPI owns and operates the NPE 2015: The International Plastics Showcase, one of the world's largest tradeshows. The special booth is expected to be one of the main attractions of the show.

The Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA), also headquartered in Washington, is responsible for the planning and promotion of the project. FVA envisions the display of multiple critical healthcare items fashioned from flexible vinyl, inclusive of a suite of products that all speak to patient safety, healthcare worker protection and positive patient outcomes. Experts will be on hand to answer questions.