FABTECH and METALFORM to partner with AMT.
August 15, 2008 -
In November 2009, FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM will partner with AMT, combining efforts of several trade associations to produce annual event with appeal to full range of metal forming and fabricating industry professionals. AMT joins SME, FMA, PMA, AWS, and NAM to provide domestic and international support for combined exhibition. Terms of agreement include elimination of fabricating and laser pavilions at IMTS after 2008 event.
Original Press release
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FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show and METALFORM to Partner with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
Trade Show Is North America's Largest Metal Forming, Fabricating & Welding Event
DEARBORN, Mich., August 6, 2008 -- The FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM will partner with The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), combining the efforts of several trade associations to produce an annual event with appeal to the full range of metal forming and fabricating industry professionals.
AMT joins the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the American Welding Society (AWS), and industry partner the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), to provide domestic and international support for the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM. The first official combined exhibition will take place in November 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Terms of the agreement include the elimination of the fabricating and laser pavilions at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) after the 2008 event. AMT will debut a new non-traditional Machining & Processes Pavilion at IMTS 2010. In addition, the groups agreed to explore service offerings and work cooperatively on numerous international markets.
"Combining the strengths of all of the exhibitions and their sponsoring associations is a win for both exhibitors and attendees who can now focus on an event that will meet all of their needs," states AMT President John Byrd III. "We at AMT welcome the opportunity to participate in the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM and assist our manufacturing audience in their sales and equipment purchasing endeavors." According to Byrd, AMT will recommend that prospective exhibiting companies with forming, fabricating, laser and welding/joining technology participate in the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM event.
"AMT's inclusion in the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM adds value to exhibitors and attendees alike, and highlights the growing success that the combined show has achieved," said Ray Shook, executive director of AWS.
"PMA is delighted to welcome AMT as an industry partner," said Bill Gaskin, PMA president. "AMT's involvement helps to bring a higher level of international awareness and focus to our combined events serving the metalforming, fabricating and welding industries."
"This is a great development for the companies in the metal fabricating industry - whether they are show attendees or exhibitors -- to have all the affiliated associations working together with common purpose," said Gerald Shankel, FMA president.
"SME and AMT have a long history of working together on events including the IMTS conference and APEX trade shows," adds Mark Tomlinson, SME executive director and general manager. "The formal industry partnership with AMT and the FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM event more closely aligns the efforts of all the major industry groups to serve this market."
For the first time ever, the 2008 FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show including METALFORM is heading to the western United States to the world's number one trade show destination - Las Vegas. Taking place October 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show is the largest event in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.
The 2008 event is expected to bring in an estimated 20,000 attendees and more than 900 exhibitors. Thousands of buyers and sellers from across the globe will gather at the show in Las Vegas to exchange products and services, network with peers, preview new products, problem-solve, and educate the industry on the latest technologies.
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 April 2008 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, www.aws.org/show or www.metalform.com. For customer service, call SME at (800) 733-4763, or (313) 425-3000 (outside the U.S. and Canada). Or, call FMA at (800) 432-2832, or (815) 399-8755 (outside the U.S. and Canada).