The manufacturing industry in the US looks set to experience an encouraging year ahead if the reactions at FABTECH 2012 are anything to go by. Almost 26,000 people attended over the three day event, taking in the 450,000ft² exhibition floor containing live equipment demonstrations, network with peers and discuss cost-saving solutions with industry experts.
The FABTECH educational conference, which ran alongside the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America, covered discussions on several of the hottest trends in modern manufacturing across a record number of sessions.
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One such session encompassed a State of the Industry discussion with manufacturing CEOs, who emphasised the importance of trying to better influence students, parents of students and educational institutions themselves to be more active promoting industry relevant courses and skills.
FABTECH show co-Manager, John Catalano commented:
“We’ve received great feedback from attendees and exhibitors. Attendees were impressed with the size and scope of the show and the vast array of new products and technologies on display. Exhibitors were enthusiastic and report that sales activity was brisk and leads were plentiful.”
The expo’s timely arrival following swiftly on from the presidential election allowed the opportunity for FABTECH to feature a Post-Election Analysis panel of those representing manufacturing in Washington. All believed that the sector has gained increasing influence to Congress over the last 24 months and manufacturers are encouraged to get involved in advocacy efforts for the industry via appropriate trade associations.
Mark Hoper, FABTECH show co-Manager added:
“If you can take the pulse of the economy by what’s happening in manufacturing, then you have to be optimistic that we are headed for economic growth. A constant theme I heard on the show floor and at the seminars was that, while challenges and uncertainties remain, most manufacturers believe that their businesses are headed for continued growth in 2013.”
FABTECH is co-sponsored by five renowned industry associations, including 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).
The expectation for FABTECH 2013 is now even higher, and will be held on 18-21 November at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.