Fabtech 2013 produces its largest show ever

Fabtech hosted 40,667 attendees and 1573 exhibitors in 650,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, all records, for the annual four-day show.

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Chicago, IL - Fabtech, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in North America, set records for numbers of attendees and exhibitors as well as for floor space last week. A total of 40,667 attendees visited 1573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side to find cost-saving solutions. Product displays spread across 650,000 sq. ft. of exhibits at McCormick Place.

Attendees also benefited from the Fabtech educational conference held simultaneously with the four-day expo that included an unprecedented number of expert-led sessions on some of the hottest topics in manufacturing.

Fabtech attendees and exhibitors in Chicago also raised more than $15,000 for the victims of the severe storms and tornados that devastated Washington, IL, and other areas of the state on November 17th. The five Fabtech co-sponsors made a financial commitment to start the campaign with all funds collected going to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storms.

Fabtech 2013 in Chicago sets the tone for the upcoming year of international programming by the Fabtech Partners. Fabtech Canada will take place March 18-20, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre. On April 10-12, the inaugural Fabtech India. UpTmUcSTiPQ co-located with the India Institute of Welding’s Weld India Exhibition, will take place in New Delhi. On May 6-8, Fabtech Mexico will take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

The five Fabtech co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise and include: SME, the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI). Together, these associations bring unmatched technical proficiency and industry insight to Fabtech.

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