25 Industry Trade Shows to Visit in 2013

January 24, 2013

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Start networking and get the latest ideas for your business by attending these 25 trade shows, which  will bring you everything from emerging technologies to important knowledge-building sessions led by the top experts in a spectrum of fields — spanning from engineering to manufacturing.

This week, IMT Career Journal sister publication IMT Machining Journal reported on the co-located manufacturing shows Automate 2013 and Promat 2013, which are coming to a close tomorrow.  If you didn't get a chance to attend those events, mark your calendar with our round-up on worldwide trade events that are happening in 2013.

What trade shows will you be attending this year? Salvatore Vuono at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What trade shows will you be attending this year?

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SPIE BiOS Photonics West

Feb. 2-7, The Moscone Center, San Francisco

Organized into five conference program tracks, BiOS offers technical events, courses, and registered attendees can get the latest on technological breakthroughs via BiOS’s “Hot Topics” sessions.


West Pack 2013

Exposition: Feb. 12-14/ Seminars: Feb. 12-13

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Visitors can network with suppliers, test drive the latest packaging technologies or attend seminars, which include six interactive learning forums at this trade show and conference. Free technology sessions will also be available for those who want to brush up on new innovations.


Pacific Design & Manufacturing 2013

Feb. 12-14, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Get a chance to network with representatives from over 2,000 regional OEMs attending, or choose from eight expert-led seminars, including: security, robotics, IT networking, motors and motion control including pneumatics and hydraulics, introduction to rapid manufacturing, rapid manufacturing, and a two-part lean manufacturing workshop.


Sustainability in Manufacturing—West 2013

Feb. 12-14, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Get insider solutions for cost savings, best practices in corporate responsibility and the latest on cost-efficient manufacturing methods. Visitors will find products and services ranging from CAD/Design for Sustainability to water treatment.


MD&M West

Exposition: Feb. 12-14/ Conferences: Feb. 11-14

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, Calif.

Visit the expo hall to find resources and solutions for packaging, engineering and medical device design challenges, and check out special receptions and keynotes, including one session titled Innovation; a Futurist’s View of Manufacturing.



Feb. 26-28, George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) produces this show, which includes new products, keynote speakers and a special access tour (with registration fee) at Toshiba or Thrustmaster, and another tour at ARC Specialties, where visitors can get a behind the scenes glimpse of tech and robotic equipment in action.


ITE 2013 Technical Conference and Exhibit

March 3-6, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego

Get the latest solutions for a range of transportation projects and find out which emerging trends are applicable to your business at this conference, which showcases plenary sessions, and roundtables offering the latest ideas.


2013 Grainger Show

March 10-12, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Network and share ideas with top supplier and customers with ways to improve  business productivity. Attendees will find seminars and sessions on inventory management, sustainability tools, emergency preparedness practices and more.


Central Valley Facilities Expo

March 13-14, Modesto Centre Plaza, Modesto, Calif.

This trade event will feature seminars of special interest to Central Valley facilities, with sessions on improving equipment reliability, need-to-know info on solar photovoltaic system applications and more.


Composites Manufacturing 2013

March 19-21, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif.

This SME conference will feature keynotes, workshops, and a combined tour at Local Motors and ArmorWorks, while the exhibits (tickets can be purchased separately) are an opportunity to see new products.


ABAA Conference and Trade Show

March 26-28, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago

The second annual event hosted by The Air Barrier Association of America is geared for architects, consultants, inspectors, and building owners, to name a few. Attendees can find a range of exhibitors, spanning from consulting companies to application equipment representatives.


Hannover Messe

April 8-12, Hannover, Germany

The newest in technology and automation will be on display at Hannover Messe (which is also the name of the convention venue). The 2013 show will be staged under the banner "Integrated Industry." This year’s wide-ranging lineup of fairs within the event includes: Industrial Automation, Motion Drive and Automation, Energy, Wind, MobiliTec, Digital Factory, ComVac, Industrial Supply, Surface Technology, Industrial Green Tech and Research & Technology


AME San Antonio

April 15-18, Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence boasts that this event is part of the revitalization of North American manufacturing. Forward-thinking industry leaders will give examples of best practices and a template for success. Those who can’t attend the show can catch up with AME’s Toronto conference in October.


PMTS 2013

April 16-18, The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio

Production Machining’s trade show is specifically for manufacturers of precision machine parts. The show will offer hands-on tech sessions and a better glimpse of the latest in machinery.


ISM Supply Management Conference & Educational Exhibit

April 28-May 1, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

The Institute of Supply Management offers everything from mega sessions on how to accelerate your career to supply market analysis and facility tours. This year, the notable keynote speakers include diplomat and political scientist Condoleezza Rice, who will lead the opening session.



April 30-May 2, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Attendees will get info on the latest developments in RFID, and can network with industry and academic researchers. The event also features conference tracks and demo sessions that demonstrate new ways to use RFID for business.



May 6-9, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

The iron and steel technology conference and exhibition features technical sessions, student contests, and two plant tours. The event’s International Alliance Lecture, open to all conference registrants, will be led by a representative from the steel industry.



May 14-16, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass.

Another SME event, the EASTEC show offers a “Dream it Do it Manufacturing Student Challenge,” which is a change to promote technology while leveraging the importance of STEM education. Invites for the challenge will be sent to high schools that meet specific STEM requirements. The show will feature a spectrum of technologies in design engineering and machining.


IEE Annual Conference & Expo 2013

May 18-22, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Those that are able to venture to the event in Puerto Rico this year will find pre-conference workshops that cover accelerating lean and Six Sigma, among others, and keynote speakers representing the engineering, media and business leader professions. Find the full list of exhibitors here.


MD&M East

Exposition: June 18-20/Conference: June 17-20

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

The Medical Design & Manufacturing event will feature a resource hall packed with the latest in design services, software, medical grade materials and more. The conference will provide industry professionals with a step-by-step guide to designing a medical device.


AmCon Design & Contract Manufacturing Expo

Spring Shows:

Feb. 19-20, Orlando

April 9-10, Seattle

May 1-2, Denver

May 21-22, Austin, Texas

June 11-12, Kansas City


Fall Shows:

Sept. 17-18, Plano (North Dallas), Texas

Oct. 8-9, Milwaukee Wisc.

Oct. 29-30, Salt Lake City

Nov. 5-6, Novi (Detroit), Mich.

This series of events, which covers every part of the country, is a resource for both engineers and buyers, who can get updates in the latest prototypes and production parts. These events — spanning from next month through November — are also an opportunity to find suppliers of contract manufacturing and job shop services.



Sept. 23-25, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

With the latest on processing and integrated processing-packaging systems, this show featured over 1,800 exhibitors last year. The expectation is the same for 2013 — in addition to education sessions, industry pavilions, and networking opportunities in a relaxed environment.


2013 APICS International Conference & Expo

Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando

The Association for Operations Management offers the latest in global supply chain management and operations management in a range of conferences. Attendees can network with other industry representatives from across the globe.


ATCE 2013

Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center,  New Orleans

The Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition offers the latest in innovations, emerging tech in exhibitions and special events. Pre and post show training courses will also be available, in addition to over 400 peer-selected technical papers on technologies and applications.



Nov. 18-21, McCormick Place, North & South Halls, Chicago

The anticipated 35,000+ attendees at North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event can find previews of new products, over 100 sessions, live demos and a welding competition.



Are any of these trade shows are on your list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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