ProMat 2011 Is Coming to Chicago March 21-24

When the material handling and logistics industry’s premier event, ProMat 2011, opens on March 21 it will include over 700 exhibits and an Educational Conference that features Keynotes on supply chain security and the next generation of robotic innovation. The ProMat Conference will also include two half-day educational tracks on supply chain career development and sustainability. In addition, 80 educational sessions will outline leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that can make manufacturing and the entire supply chain work more productively and profitably.

ProMat 2011 Conference Will Address Supply Chain Security, Sustainability and Career Development

The link between security and prosperity in a interdependent world has generated enormous challenges for global supply chains. Terrorism, natural disasters, vendor issues, and geopolitical influences can put issues such as supply chain security, cross-border collaborations and security investment at the forefront of every proactive business agenda. During the Keynote titled Fortune Favors the Brave: The Net Gain of Supply Chain Security in a Risk-Based World, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will share his views of today's risk-centric environment and how to minimize those risks in favor of greater resiliency and security across your global supply chain.

ProMat’s second Keynote titled The Development of Robonaut 2: A story of Government-Industry Collaboration and Technology Transfer will detail how NASA and General Motors are working together to accelerate development of the next generation of robots and related technologies for use in the automotive, aerospace and other industries. This partnership lead to development of Robonaut 2 (R2), a state-of-the-art dexterous humanoid robot that can complete simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks and is capable of handling a wide range of tools and interfaces.

In addition, ProMat will also feature two half-day educational tracks that will provide in-depth coverage on supply chain career development and sustainability. These tracks are titled The People Side of the Supply Chain and Sustainability, the Supply Chain and their Future Together.

ProMat 2011 Show Floor Education

In addition to the Keynotes and Tracks, ProMat 2011 will feature 80 focused educational seminars conveying a broad array of manufacturing, distribution and supply chain topics. These seminars will be held in specially designed theaters right on the show floor. ProMat will also feature an interactive resource center on the ProMat 2011 show floor—The Hub. The Hub attractions include:

* ProMat 2011 and City of Chicago concierge service center
* Social networking lounge and wireless internet center
* Everyone’s a student! Lifetime learning center
* American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) supply chain disaster relief informational center
* MODEX 2012 informational center

For complete information on the ProMat Educational Conference including session details and speaker information, visit

ProMat is sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945.

Complete information and complimentary show and educational session registration can be found online at

ProMat 2011

March 21-24, 2011

McCormick Place South - Chicago, IL USA

ProMat 2011 is sponsored by Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling & logistics industry since 1945.


Carol Miller, Vice President of Marketing
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