FABTECH 2010 Returning to Atlanta

DEARBORN, Mich., May 5, 2010 — The countdown to FABTECH 2010 is underway as the event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010. This represents the first time in four years that the show will take place in the Southeastern corridor, a region that...

Thousands Expected to Attend Event at the Georgia World Congress Center

DEARBORN, Mich., May 5, 2010 — The countdown to FABTECH 2010 is underway as the event returns to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2010. This represents the first time in four years that the show will take place in the Southeastern corridor, a region that continues to see growth and expansion in metal fabricating, manufacturing and infrastructure.

FABTECH is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, finishing and welding equipment and technology. The 2010 event is expected to draw 22,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibiting companies covering more than 350,000 net square feet of floor space. Buyers and sellers from around the world will come together at this exhibition to exchange products and services, network with peers, problem-solve and discover new products and vendors.

Visitors will see nearly 2,000 pieces of equipment in action on the show floor and more than 500 new product debuts. In addition to viewing the latest products, attendees will benefit from a comprehensive array of educational programs, featuring more than 100 expert-led presentations. In addition, the 2010 FABTECH will include special features attendees have come to expect from the show, including keynote presentations and free sessions in the Solutions Showcase.

New for 2010, the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI) will join the event and host a new Finishing Technologies Pavilion on the show floor. The pavilion will feature exhibitors displaying a wide-variety of finishing technologies, including liquid finishing, powder coating, curing, and plating. CCAI will also produce conference programming focusing on these same technologies. The addition of the Finishing Pavilion allows manufacturers to visit one show that covers all metal manufacturing processes from beginning to end.

Registration for FABTECH 2010 is now open. For further information on the event, visit www.fabtechexpo.com. Attendees can also follow FABTECH and get updates at the show's social media sites on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

FABTECH 2010 is cosponsored 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).

About FMA:

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, headquartered in Rockford, Ill., USA, is a non-profit educational association dedicated exclusively to metal forming and fabricating professionals. Founded in 1970, it is considered the world's largest educational association for its industry, with 2,100 members worldwide. FMA provides in-depth technical information and educational opportunities through conferences, award-winning magazines, extensive research services, and co-sponsorship of the FABTECH International series. Visit FMA at www.fmanet.org.

About SME:

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. 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. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing engineers and executives annually. The Society has members in 70 countries supported by a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide. Visit SME at www.sme.org.

About AWS:

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. Headquartered in Miami, Florida and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves more than 60,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 sections and student chapters. For more information, visit www.aws.org.

About PMA:

The Precision Metalforming Association is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. Its nearly 1,000 member companies also include suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry. 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 www.pma.org.

About CCAI:

The Chemical Coaters Association International is a technical and professional organization that provides information and training on surface coating technologies. CCAI's foundation is it's series of active local chapters across the U.S. that conduct technical meetings on all aspects of organic finishing. Chapters serve as an excellent forum to discuss regional concerns while offering outstanding networking opportunities for finishers and suppliers. CCAI works to raise the standards of finishing operations through educational meetings and seminars, training manuals, certification programs, and outreach programs with colleges and universities. Visit CCAI at www.ccaiweb.com.