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May 6, 2009 - Scheduled for June 16-17, 2009, Manufacturing Innovations Conference will showcase new technologies and applications for manufacturing in oil and gas industry. It will include keynote by Mel Knight, energy minister, and Annette Trimbee, advanced education and technology deputy minister; technology sessions on manufacturing solutions and non-destructive testing; and WMTS Town Hall Experience, an interactive panel discussion on managing manufacturing operations in roller-coaster commodity market.

Oil and Gas Technologies the Focus of Manufacturing Innovations Conference in Edmonton, June 16-17, 2009


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Press release date: May 1, 2009

EDMONTON, Alberta, May 1, 2009 - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) presents the Manufacturing Innovations Conference, June 16-17, 2009, in Edmonton, Alberta, to showcase new technologies and applications for manufacturing in the oil and gas industry. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Western Manufacturing Technology Show (WMTS) at Northlands AgriCom in Edmonton, Alberta, June 16-18, 2009.

"Although the recession is having a significant effect on many manufacturers in Western Canada, one third* of our attendees anticipate their business activity improving over the next 12 to 18 months," said Paul Minich, general manager, Canadian operations, SME. "This is an ideal time for anyone in manufacturing to stay on top of the latest technologies and professional development available."

Conference attendees receive full access to the show floor, keynote speaker, reception, the town hall, lunch on both days and exclusive technology sessions and demonstrations.

The conference kicks off with the June 16 morning keynote address by the Government of Alberta's Honourable Mel Knight, energy minister, and Annette Trimbee, advanced education and technology deputy minister. They present an update on Alberta's Action Plan-Bringing Technology to Market. Next, two exclusive technology sessions focus on manufacturing solutions and advanced non-destructive testing, followed by time to explore the WMTS show floor. The day ends with a networking reception.

On June 17, the day starts off with the WMTS Town Hall Experience, an interactive panel discussion on managing manufacturing operations in a roller-coaster commodity market, moderated by Robert Moore, QCI Consulting Group. The town hall is followed by a technology session on productivity enhancement initiatives, a luncheon featuring Don Thompson, president, Oil Sands Developers Group, and general manager of regulatory and external relations, Syncrude Canada Ltd., who will speak on how oil sands innovations and technology are the keys to current and future challenges. The afternoon closes with a technology session on welding and automation technologies for pressure equipment and pipelines.

To learn more about the Manufacturing Innovations Conference, call 1.888.322.7333 or visit www.wmtsconference.ca. Registration is available now through the website.

About Western Manufacturing Technology Show (WMTS)
Scheduled June 16-18, 2009, at Northlands AgriCom in Edmonton, WMTS is the major forum for Albertan manufacturing professionals to source machinery, equipment, supplies and services for all aspects of their operations. The event showcases products ranging from machine tools, welding equipment, design engineering and plant maintenance to process control and automation, and is dedicated to helping industry professionals address production challenges and learn best practices to help their businesses thrive. The event is produced by SME in partnership with the Canadian Machine Tool Distributors Association, Canadian Tooling and Machining Association and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

To learn more about WMTS, call 1.888.322.7333 or visit www.wmts.ca.

About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

*All WMTS 2005 and 2007 attendees and subscribers in the SME Western Canadian database were surveyed by SME in March 2009 about the effects the downturn has had on manufacturers in Canada, their spending plans for 2009, and their views on the recovery of the industry.

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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