More than 10 Football Fields of Multi-Ton, Advanced Manufacturing Equipment in Action

Multi-ton machinery, precision sheet metal-cutting machines, welding technology, advanced robotics and other high-tech manufacturing equipment will cover more than 500,000 square feet –greater than the size of ten football fields – next week at FABTECH 2011, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing exposition and conference, Nov. 14–17, 2011 at McCormick Place.

With more than 500 new products and technologies, insightful presentations, 100-plus educational sessions, and thousands of experts and peers all gathered under one roof, FABTECH provides the ideal forum to exchange ideas, find solutions and network with the best in the business.

FABTECH will expose attendees to every type of product used in the fabrication industry. With live demonstrations and interactive equipment, industry professionals will be able to not only see what’s hot in their industry, but to conduct side-by-side evaluations of thousands of machines in action.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch exhibitor-led New Product Presentations the first three days of the show. The 30-minute exhibitor-led sessions are free and open to all attendees.

New this year, FABTECH will be highlighting around 75 new products with an emphasis on “green” technology. All products featured had to qualify as being more energy efficient, reducing waste and or providing a safer and healthier environment for employees, customers and the community.

Attendees interested in becoming more competitive in their industry can learn and gather insight from some of the top minds in the industry:

• Keynote speaker, Robert Tucker, president of the Innovation Resource and a noted author, will speak on “Growing Your Business through Innovation;” offering what he calls a “no-nonsense, step-by-step approach to managing innovation in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.”
• Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) will lay out his 10-point plan to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and create jobs.
• Dr. Chris Kuehl, economist, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl., will lead a panel of CEOs debating the state of the industry and discussing their predictions for the future.
• Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will update his pitch on the hot topic of reshoring and offer advice to help manufacturers understand the savings potential of this strategy.

Educational sessions on the latest trends in cutting, finishing, forming and fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding, as well as courses for managers have been designed to build core skills. The complete lineup can be viewed at .  A new Buyer Appreciation Day has also been added this year and will allow attendees to take advantage of exhibitor show specials and win prizes on Thursday.

Set to be the largest FABTECH show in its history, the expo has already tallied pre-registration figures up 26 percent from the last time the show was in Chicago in 2009. Registrants are expected from all 50 states and more than 75 countries worldwide.

FABTECH is co-sponsored by five industry-leading associations: the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).

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