A steadily improving economy and the pressing need for manufacturers to invest in new processing equipment bodes well for both the chemical processing industries (CPI) and the 55th biennial CHEM SHOW that will be held Dec. 10-12 in New York City, according to the event's organizers.

In December, thousands of process engineers, production/plant personnel and other CPI professionals will gather at the Javits Center in New York to learn about the latest technologies to increase process efficiency, solve problems, reduce energy costs and become more sustainable.

"These CPI professionals will gain a decisive competitive advantage by previewing new equipment and discovering new solutions that will be unveiled for the first time by some of the more than 300 exhibiting companies from around the world," said Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company (IEC).

In addition to the expo, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will be on hand to offer a solutions-focused conference program dedicated to improvements and technologies in manufacturing.

Sessions at the conference will include energy savings and efficiency, environmental issues, new and improved operating equipment and environmental health and safety. Preceding the one-and-a-half-day conference will be a day of tutorials that range from engineering fundamentals to plant and equipment basics.

Read Clay Stevens' column in the April issue of Processing and visit www.chemshow.com to learn more about the 2013 CHEM SHOW.