SME’s WESTEC 2015

WESTEC, produced by SME, returns to Los Angeles to showcase the leading companies, new technologies and issues that will impact the industry now and in the future. The event, which will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, provides companies and individuals with the chance to connect with industry leaders, address challenges, explore solutions and develop business opportunities.

California is recognized as the nation’s top manufacturing sector, with nearly 39,000 manufacturing businesses and 1.2 million workers. The industry is responsible for the equivalent of nearly 25 percent of California’s overall economic output, according to a 2012 Census Bureau Report. This would rank its economy as the globe’s seventh largest if the state were a nation. This is in the midst of regional challenges that include stringent environmental and workplace regulations, utility rates, tax structure and other issues.

“We know the power and impact manufacturing has on the regional economy, as well as its overall vitality,” said Janine Saperson, WESTEC event manager at SME. “WESTEC exhibitors and attendees are guiding our industry’s evolution so we can prepare for the future, address the needs of the region, and ensure Southern California remains an industry leader on a national and global scale.”

WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s leading technological showcase for the manufacturing industry for nearly 50 years. The event provides attendees with networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes and interactive exhibits. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers will unveil new products and technological breakthroughs at WESTEC including software, cutting tools, 3D printers, and multitasking machines.

The event attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry representatives to the South Hall of the LA Convention Center. Many attendees are interested in how the sector and related technology are changing and what they can do to improve their company’s competitiveness in the industry.

“As we see the impacts the West Coast has on manufacturing and the economy, it’s vital that we continue to work together as an industry to find innovations and solutions for growing the sector,” said Jeff Krause, executive director and CEO of SME. “We know the leading companies and stakeholders in California hold the key to increasing opportunities in the region, creating new jobs and attracting manufacturing in a way that ensures we remain a leader for the rest of the country.”

According to the Economic Policy Institute, the manufacturing sector has a large footprint in the U.S. economy. In 2013, it employed 12 million workers, which is equivalent to 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment. A focus of WESTEC is on driving the development and discussion of innovation and technology that will continue to support and grow the industry.

For more information, visit www.westeconline.com

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