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Press release date: August 26, 2005

DEARBORN, Mich, August 26, 2005 - From November 13 - 16, McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., will host the 2005 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show, North America's largest metal forming, fabricating and welding event. This new combined show is co-sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The event is expected to attract over 20,000 manufacturers from more than 50 countries and nearly 800 exhibiting companies for four days of buying, selling, networking, and professional development.

The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show offers a "one-stop-shop" for all metalworking, forming, fabricating, tube & pipe, and welding & cutting technologies. The value-added flow of sheet, plate, and tube metal utilized in many manufacturing plants (cutting, bending, punching, and joining) will be displayed on the show floor. Over 90 exhibitors will feature equipment and technology for lasers and laser-related applications. The event will also offer two comprehensive technical conferences, an Executive Forum, free business seminars, and a new show floor innovation and technology theater.

Representatives from major industries, including aerospace, agriculture, appliance, and automotive OEMs and their suppliers, heavy equipment, medical equipment, military and defense, recreational equipment, and non-automotive transportation, attend this show to see demonstrations of more than 2,000 products and gather ideas and information to make their companies more productive and profitable.

Learn from the experience of industry leaders The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show will offer two independent professional conferences and educational programs led by industry experts.

The American Welding Society technical programming will feature new developments for welding and allied processes, including brazing, soldering, thermal spraying, adhesive bonding and testing, and inspection of joints made by these processes. Complete AWS conference information is available online at

The FABTECH Conference will offer 35 sessions (12 new this year) focused on the latest developments in management/operations, cutting, lasers, fabrication/forming, materials/processes, stamping, and tube & pipe.

Sessions will provide manufacturers who are involved in management, engineering, purchasing, product development and production with the tools and techniques to advance their career.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: o AWS Professional Program: The American Welding Society and the AWS Technical Papers Committee present sessions show-casing welding research and new commercial developments. These sessions will offer the most up-to-date information on processes, materials, consumables, automation, design, testing, and modeling.

o 2nd Annual Professional Welders Competition: November 14-16, 2005 This timed competition invites welders proficient in using FCAW-G outdoors on steels, welders in construction, pipeline and manufacturing industries, and practitioners of skilled trade in the construction or heavy-equipment industries-union and non-union alike. Complete information, including rules, safety regulations and a drawing are available at

o "Interview with a Legend": Tuesday, November 15, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. This session features Robert L. Peaslee, affectionately known as the "Father of Brazing."

o New! Executive Forum Breakfast: Tuesday, November 15, 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. "Successful Secrets for Strategic Planning," will be presented exclusively for company leaders and key decision-makers presented by Mark Rittmanic, founder of ForteCEO. Visit

o FREE Business Seminars: Monday-Wednesday, Noon - 1 p.m. Specifically oriented to the needs of managers and business owners, these sessions include: Job Shop Marketing on Monday, November 14; Shop Floor Motivation, on Tuesday, November 15; and The Seven Commandments of Pricing, on Wednesday, November 16.

o New! Innovation Theater At the Innovation Theater on the show floor, exhibitors will present daily FREE 30-minute demonstrations about new products and technologies launched at the show.

o Laser Day in the Innovation Theater: Monday, November 14 In cooperation with the Industrial Laser Group, the Laser Institute of America, and Industrial Laser Solutions magazine, Monday, November 14 will be Laser Day in the Innovation Theater. Exhibitors from ILG will provide special free presentations on new and emerging laser processing technologies and their implementation in manufacturing.

To Register: For more information about the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show,; call the SME Resource Center at (800) 733-4763, or (outside the U.S. and Canada), (313) 271-1500, Ext 4500, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, ET; or fax to (313) 425-3401.

About AWS: The American Welding Society is the largest organization in the world dedicated to advancing the science, technology, and application of welding and allied processes including joining, brazing, soldering, cutting, and thermal spray. Visit the Society's Web site at

About FMA: The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, is the world's largest non-profit educational association dedicated exclusively to metal forming and fabricating professionals. Visit

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. Visit

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