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Publication Date: 09/1/2009
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FABTECH 2009 Provides Survival Solutions
Dearborn, MI — Many economists are predicting that the recession will end and the economy will begin to rebound by the end of 2009. Scheduled for the middle of the fourth quarter, the FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is timed to provide manufacturers with the latest tools, technologies and processes to enable them to take advantage of the recovery period.

FABTECH is expected to draw some 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors to Chicago's McCormick Place Nov. 15-18. It is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.

Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int'l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the event is the ultimate solutions showcase. Thousands of buyers and sellers from around the globe will gather at the exhibition to exchange products and services, network with peers, discover new products and vendors, and educate the industry on the latest technologies.

"Those involved in evaluating and purchasing new equipment, products or services in the industry will find the most comprehensive lineup of the industry's hottest innovations in action and gain invaluable knowledge by attending the show," said John Catalano, FABTECH show manager.

"For exhibitors, this event provides a unique opportunity to showcase products and services in front of the industry's most targeted buying audience. With our expected attendance, we think this ultimate gathering of buyers and sellers is proof positive that manufacturing — a key indicator of an improving economy — will thrive when the economy does pick up," said Catalano.

In addition to viewing the latest products, attendees will benefit from a comprehensive array of educational offerings. The 2009 show also will include the first official METALFORM Pavilion exhibition that will display innovations in stamping technology.

Keynote Presentations will be made by two dynamic speakers who will moderate keynote panel discussions. On Monday, Nov. 16, Jeff Knauf, president of Medalist Laserfab, Inc., will moderate a panel discussion titled "Best Practices for Thriving in Tough Times" on business strategies for surviving and thriving during an uncertain economy. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, William Haas, client program manager for The Shaw Group, will lead a discussion called "Energy — The Outlook Is Bright, But Where Will It Lead Us?" that will include experts from the surging wind and solar energy sectors as well as experts from the oil and gas industries to discuss trends and forecasts, government issues and what it all means to current suppliers.

Free Solutions Showcase Seminars: The Solutions Showcase will offer managers and business owners solutions and strategies for operating a more efficient and competitive business. Located on the show floor, these free, expert-led sessions cover a wide range of topics, including maintaining sales focus in a down economy, smart strategies for preserving stakeholder relationships, protecting a company from bankruptcy, what the wind energy market means for metal manufacturing, the growth of solar energy, the essentials of job shop marketing, and social media 101.

Education/Technical sessions: The event offers a variety of technical seminars, conferences, professional programs and more. From metal forming, fabricating and welding technology to economic, operation and management issues, the programming has been designed to provide the latest and most up-to-date information attendees need to successfully operate in every aspect of the industry. More than 25 new sessions are planned, including a newly expanded stamping track.

Contact: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, One SME Drive, Dearborn, MI 48121 800-733-4763 or 313-271-1500 fax: 313-271-2861 Web:

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