StampingSimulation will be exhibiting at Fabtech November 2-4 2010
Exposure to New Prospects and Markets in the Southeast
Returning to Atlanta in 2010, FABTECH, AWS Welding & METALFORM will bring together more than 1,000 exhibiting companies covering more than 350,000 sq. feet of high-traffic selling space, with access to over 22,000 motivated buyers from across the U.S. and around the globe.
he manufacturing industry is quite alive, well and optimistic about its future, based on the buzz, business and booth traffic at the just-concluded 2009 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM. Some 25,000 visitors from more than 90 countries visited McCormick Place in Chicago to discover, evaluate and purchase innovative manufacturing technologies and solutions. The annual event is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.
Filling nearly 400,000 square feet of booth space, the four-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and more than 500 new products. “We have already received so much positive feedback about the show from both exhibitors and attendees, and we had quite a presence from people from every continent across the globe,” said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager. “Exhibitors told us how pleased they are with the quantity and quality of attendees who visited their booths, and attendees have expressed their excitement in seeing the newest advances in equipment, products and services.”
“This year’s show included a special emphasis on how manufacturers can take advantage of the economic recovery period, and those seminars were quite popular and well attended,” said Mark Hoper, FABTECH show co-manager. “We think the show’s positive attendance figures may be one signal that manufacturing, construction and energy — key indicators of an improving economy—will thrive as the economy improves.”
Throughout the event, thousands of buyers from welders and shop managers to CEO’s and engineers packed the show halls. “The show has been excellent for us,” said William Hildebrand, director of market development for Jancy Engineering. “It’s clear that FABTECH is the industry event for welding and fabricating.
“When the doors opened at 11 a.m. on Sunday, we had customers waiting to see us, and we were busy ever since,” continued Hildebrand. “We had three new products to introduce, and if we’d missed the exposure at this show, it would have taken us months to get the information to our customers. The leads we received were qualified, and now our challenge is to turn them into sales.”
An attendee also shared a positive experience. “People are starting to spend money now,” said Steve Slawta of Midwest Imperial Steel Fabricators in Whitestown, Ind. “We’re looking to update, to see what we can do to better our shop, so we can remain competitive.”
The 2009 show included the first official METALFORM Pavilion exhibition that displayed innovations in stamping technology. The show also included keynotes that addressed best practices for thriving in tough times and on trends in the surging wind and solar energy sectors; Solutions Showcase business improvement sessions; the 2009 Professional Welders Competition; and more than 100 conferences, seminars, professional programs, and technical sessions.
The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Miami, Fla.; Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int’l (FMA), Rockford, Ill.; Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Dearborn, Mich.; and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), Independence, Ohio.