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September 16, 2008 - According to pre-registration data, 48% of visitors will be first-time attendees to FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, to take place in Las Vegas Convention Center. Nearly 1,000 exhibitors' products and displays will encompass some 400,000 sq-ft of exhibit space, an increase of 28% from 2006 show in Atlanta. Over 20,000 industry professionals are expected to attend to see metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.

Debut in Las Vegas Sparking Surge in First-Time Attendees and Exhibit Space at FABTECH Int'l & AWS Welding Show, Including METALFORM


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Press release date: September 9, 2008

DEARBORN, Mich., September 9, 2008 - Based on the numbers of pre-registrants plus a dramatic increase in exhibit space, the Las Vegas debut for North America's largest metal forming, fabricating and welding event October 6-8 should be a real show-stopper.

Pre-registration data indicates a whopping 48 percent of visitors will be first-time attendees to the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the nearly 1,000 exhibitors' products and displays will encompass some 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, an increase of 28 percent from the comparable 2006 show in Atlanta.

"These figures underscore why we decided to stage our event for the first time in the western United States, one of the strongest manufacturing regions in the country," said John Catalano, show manager for co-sponsor Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). "The Las Vegas venue is attracting a wave of key decision makers and influential buyers who have never attended the event, and exhibitors are responding in kind with added space. We anticipate more than 30 percent of attendees will be from the Rocky Mountain and Western states, a huge increase from our recent shows in Chicago and Atlanta. Plus, international pre-registration is up 15 percent, attesting both to the draw of our programs and the Las Vegas venue."

Also sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS) and Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int'l (FMA) and supported by industry partner the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, will feature aisles upon aisles of new product displays and a wide array of educational offerings on technical and management issues led by more than 100 experts. Over 20,000 industry professionals are expected to attend to see a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.

Keynote addresses will include those by Dean Kamen, American inventor and tireless advocate for science and technology, and Jim Waters, a top global expert from Caterpillar, the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.

The 2008 show also will feature a METALFORM Pavilion that will display innovations in stamping technology. This pavilion was added as a result of the recently announced new strategic alliance with the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the producer of METALFORM shows since 1981.

For more information about the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, or to register to attend, visit www.sme.org/fabtech, www.fmafabtech.com, http://www.aws.org/show, or www.metalform.com.

Note to Media: Registration, Press Badges & Newsroom
Attending media will be provided free access to the entire expo and press conferences. Expedite your entry into the show by pre-registering for the event.

Press badges may be picked up in the show's Newsroom (LV Convention Center, West entrance; 2nd floor, room S224) and will be limited to media with valid credentials. If you are registering onsite, please bring a form of ID and business card, copy of a recent publication, or a copy of a recent article with your byline for verification. (Note: Advertising or sales representatives will not be granted press badges.)

The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM Newsroom provides media with computer stations, light refreshments, and an opportunity to pick up news tips, relax and conduct interviews.

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