FABTECH 2010 Proves to Be a Real Show-Stopper
Second Visit to Atlanta Sees Increase in Attendees, Exhibit Space
DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 11, 2010 — The 2010 FABTECH exposition and conference proved to be a real show-stopper based on attendance figures and feedback from attendees and exhibitors at the just-concluded event. Some 22,000 visitors attended the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Nov. 2-4 to experience the latest manufacturing innovations and discuss industry issues — an increase of 12% percent from the 2006 Atlanta show. The annual event is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, welding, stamping, tube and pipe, and finishing equipment and technology.
Filling nearly 371,000 square feet of booth space, the three-day show included 1,138 exhibitors, an increase of 23% percent from the first show in Atlanta. The event also featured the unveiling of more than 500 new products.
"We are quite pleased with the show's positive attendance figures; the manufacturing industry is alive and well," said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager. "Attendees told us there is no better place to see the latest innovations, products, and equipment demonstrations, to talk shop with suppliers and to build relationships with exhibitors who can help them make wise business decisions and achieve better results.
"Exhibitors were impressed with the quantity and quality of attendees who visited their booths, and how their businesses will benefit from the experience," added Catalano.
"Our 2010 show brought together industry leaders from more than 50 countries to share the best and the brightest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing ideas," said Mark Hoper, FABTECH show co-manager. "This year's show also included the successful debut of the Finishing Technologies Pavilion & Conference that allowed visitors to review finishing equipment, processes and services, and gain valuable technical insight."
"Our new partnership with FABTECH benefits our members, the finishing industry and manufacturing in general," said Sherrill Stoener, Pneu-Mech, CCAI President. "As an exhibitor, I was equally pleased. We got more qualified leads out of this show than all the other shows combined that we've participated in during the last three years."
The energy was positive throughout the event. Thousands of buyers from welders and shop managers to CEO's and engineers packed the show halls, serious about doing business. "It was a great show! I saw a lot of people interested in purchasing equipment," said Andree (Andy) Begneaud, Begneaud Manufacturing. "Everybody's positive about the future and things look and feel a lot better than they did a year ago."
"Attending FABTECH was well worth my time because of the industry information gained that I could bring back to fellow co-workers," noted first-time attendee Russell Bingham. "I now know this is the one place I need to go if I want to find the latest technology to help improve processes, reduce costs and stay competitive. Plus, the networking opportunities FABTECH provides were invaluable," added Bingham.
The 2010 show included three fully-functional, state-of-the-art stamping lines in the METALFORM Technology Area; keynote sessions on how manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage by going green and on how diversification is critical to survival; Solutions Showcase business improvement sessions; the 2010 Weld Trials Competition; and more than 100 conferences, seminars, professional programs, and technical sessions.
The 2011 show will be held in Chicago next November. For more information, visit www.fabtechexpo.com.
Co-sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int'l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), FABTECH is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, welding, stamping, tube and pipe, and finishing equipment and technology.
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), is an educational association dedicated to improving the metal forming and fabricating industry. FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, and networking events, while providing resources needed by companies to improve operations. Visit FMA at www.fmanet.org.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is a professional society supporting manufacturing professionals. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Visit SME at www.sme.org.
The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering, and thermal spraying. For more information, visit www.aws.org.
The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America. PMA leads innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability through advocacy, networking, statistics, the PMA Educational Foundation, FABTECH and METALFORM tradeshows, and MetalForming magazine. Visit PMA at www.pma.org.
The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. Visit CCAI at www.ccaiweb.com.