Weldmex-FABTECH-METALFORM Mega Event Sets Another Attendance Record

The third edition of the AWS Weldmex-FABTECH-METALFORM Mexico Expo, held May 11-13 in Monterrey, Mexico, set another attendance record of 7086 buyers.  With more than 57,000 net sq. ft., 241 exhibitors and 7086 attendees, the event surpassed the previous record of 6156 attendees in 2009 in Monterrey, Mexico.

“We could not be more pleased with the turnout,” said Chuck Cross, Mexico show manager.  “The attendance numbers were great, but the quality was more important.”  Executives from Caterpillar, John Deere, Whirlpool, GM, Magna, Metalsa and PEMEX were among the number of high-quality attendees who participated in the event.

The mega event, which combines AWS Weldmex, sponsored by the American Welding Society, FABTECH Mexico, sponsored by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and METALFORM Mexico, sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association, has grown more than 50 percent over the last three years. This year’s event generated more than $15 million in economic impact to the Nuevo Leon region of Mexico.

The AWS Weldmex-FABTECH-METALFORM Mexico Expo alternates each year between Mexico City and Monterrey, effectively covering the entire Mexican metalforming market.  In addition to AWS, FMA, SME and PMA, the event is co-organized by Trade Show Consulting (TSC), which has been producing shows in Mexico since 1992. The next event is scheduled for May 2-4, 2012, in Mexico City.

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 http://www.pma.org/.

About AWS: The American Welding Society 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 67,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters. For more information, visit the society’s website at http://www.aws.org/.

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 thousands of 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 http://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 practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide. Visit http://www.sme.org/.

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