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April 13, 2007 - Held at Eastern States Expo Center in West Springfield, MA, EASTEC 2007 brings latest manufacturing equipment and services to buyers. Decision makers from aerospace, defense, medical, consumer products, and other industries can visit one location with all equipment and metalworking technologies needed to compete domestically and globally. Event also offers Automation, Lean and Quality Resource Center and programs focused on Innovation, Medical Device Manufacturing, and Environmental/Energy.

EASTEC Comes to West Springfield May 22-24

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Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: March 22, 2007

DEARBORN, Mich., March 22, 2007 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recently announced that EASTEC 2007, the East Coast's Largest Annual Manufacturing Event, will feature five shows in one venue in 2007. This expanded event will take place on May 22-24 at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

For 28 years, EASTEC has been the premier manufacturing event in the Northeast, bringing the latest manufacturing equipment and services to buyers. Northeast decision makers from the aerospace, defense, medical, consumer products and other industries can visit one location with all the equipment and metalworking technologies needed to compete both domestically and globally on display.

Last year EASTEC exhibits were reorganized in technology clusters by building. The EASTEC 2007 exhibit layout is further refined to make it easier for attendees find the exhibitors, products and services they want to see. All buildings are clearly marked and include exhibitor and technology listings. The event also offers a technology-focused Automation, Lean & Quality Resource Center and programs each day focused on Innovation, Medical Device Manufacturing and Environmental / Energy. These afford the opportunity for both attendees and exhibitors to connect with key contacts in specific industries.

Five focused exhibit areas have been created to make the show more convenient: Precision Manufacturing Equipment & Systems (Buildings 1 & 2) Tooling, Workholding & Machine Accessories (Building 5) Automation, Lean & Quality (Buildings 3 & 4) Design, Engineering & Rapid Technologies (Building 5) Plant, Energy & Environmental Efficiency (Buildings 3 & 4)

The following activities will be taking place at EASTEC 2007:

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Doing Business In & With China May 22 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Carriage House on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds

As China continues to grow, companies that understand the culture and business environment will have far greater success than those approaching the market blindly. Speaker: Paul Swenson, Director, Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, Shanghai, China Registration is $ 50.00 and includes continental breakfast and materials (does not include parking).

Shipping Under NAFTA & Other Free Trade Agreements May 22 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Storrowton Tavern on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds

Get an overview of free trade agreements and discusses eligibility under rules of origin; tariff shifts; regional value content; claims and liability. Speaker: Stephen Leahy, Principal, Law Office of Stephan J. Leahy. Registration is $ 50.00, and includes continental breakfast and material (does not include parking).

To register for these two programs, visit

EASTEC Careers in Technology Student Event May 24 This special day is open to educators and students. It has been set aside for a unique educational activity where students will tour EASTEC and interact with industry leaders, view the latest in industry and manufacturing technology and see first-hand demonstrations. The EASTEC Careers in Technology Student Event is co-sponsored by SME Pioneer Valley Chapter 32. Pre-registration is required.

Manufacturing Innovation Day May 22 The Massachusetts MEP offers applications of new ideas for products and processes in pursuit of profits for your company at the MEP Innovation Resource Center.

Precision Manufacturing for the Medical Device Industry Day Regulations, Requirements and Rewards May 23 Learn the requirements of a medical device manufacturer to enter the market and be successful in the industry.

Energy & Environmental Assessment Day May 24 This Resource Center provides EPA and Energy experts, organizations implementing lean, state environmental agencies, and partners to raise awareness about the relationship of lean production to environmental performance. Identify and address environmental regulatory issues associated with lean.

Automation, Lean & Quality Resource Center May 22-24 This Resource center provides free sessions and one-on-one assistance on the show floor. Get expert advice on lean and Six Sigma certification programs. Plant owners are offered an opportunity to sign up for a free one day post-event lean and quality assessment.

All New SME Lean Certification May 22 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lean & Quality Resource Center Building #5 SME Lean Certification is located in the Automation, Lean & Quality Resource Center. Details are provided on how lean certification can advance careers.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Innovation Resource Program May 22 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Building #5 The MEP Innovation Resource Center brings together partners that offer an application of new ideas to products and processes in pursuit of profits.

Precision Manufacturing for the Medical Device Industry... Regulations, Requirements, Rewards May 23 Building #5 Details on how to become a supplier in the growing Medical Device Industry.

The Technology & Manufacturing Workforce of the Future May 23 Storrowton Tavern on the Eastern States Exposition Grounds This session provides details on workforce pipeline and funding assistance for training incumbent workers and new hires. Speaker: Keith M. Hensley, Executive Director of Workforce & Economic Development, Holyoke Community College.

Show Sponsors EASTEC 2007 is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

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 Dearborn, Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2007, has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide, including nine chapters in Canada.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone (313) 271-1500, e-mail, or Fax: (313) 425-3403
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