Finishing Solutions at FABTECH 2019

CCAI Finishing Pavilion and Education Program advance finishing operations.
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FABTECH 2019 brings a wealth of innovation and technology solutions to Chicago Nov. 11-14. More than 48,000 attendees and over 1,800 exhibiting companies are expected to gather for the event, which also provides educational sessions and presentations covering the latest trends and technology in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

CCAI’s Finishing Pavilion and Education Program are in their 10th year at FABTECH, and have become an integral part of the event. They continue to offer innovations and information on all aspects of industrial surface finishing. The Finishing Pavilion is already sold out with nearly 200 exhibitors scheduled to display products, services, ideas and equipment.

Organizers suggest finalizing plans now to attend FABTECH to ensure the best hotel rates, reasonable airfare and reserved seats for the finishing education sessions. Visitors are also encouraged to attend FABTECH for multiple days to take advantage of everything the event has to offer. “It’s hard to believe we are in our 10th year as a FABTECH partner,” says Anne Goyer, CCAI executive director. “We have worked hard to continuously expand our educational offerings and grow the Finishing Pavilion with a broad array of products and services for those in our industry.”

Finishing Education Session Discount

CCAI is offering a 30% discount on any of its finishing educational sessions. Use promotion code “Finishing30” when you register. Those who have already registered for the show without signing up for the education sessions can go back into registration and add education sessions using the promotion code.

“Our educational sessions continue to attract more attendees every year and garner outstanding reviews,” says Goyer. “We use attendee feedback to improve our offerings for the next year, so our programming for Chicago is a reflection of our attendees’ educational wants and needs.”

Sessions and presentations are available to view at fabtechexpo.com under “Education” or on the CCAI website at ccaiweb.com.”




Special Finishing Events

Fab to Finish Production Experience
Monday, Nov. 11-Thursday, Nov. 14
Attendees can experience part production from fabrication through finishing – all on the exhibit floor. Participants can pick up their part at the Mazak booth in the fabrication portion of the show and will be directed to specific exhibitors in the Finishing Pavilion where the parts will be cleaned, coated and cured for attendees to take home.

Women in Finishing (WiF) Reception
Wednesday, November 13 at 4 p.m.
CCAI hosts this reception in the CCAI booth (B13026). It’s an opportunity for women in the finishing industry to network and socialize with their peers. “We’ve had great response to the WiF reception at FABTECH and are excited to host the women in our industry in the CCAI booth once again,” says Sheila LaMothe, WiF manager. “Our response to this program has been very positive.”

CCAI Education Program and Finishing Pavilion Exhibitors
Take time to review the Finishing Education Program and list of Finishing Pavilion exhibitors. Updates to this information can be found on the show website at fabtechexpo.com. Scroll over Exhibitor Directory to view the floor plan, list of exhibitors, show planning tools, and more. Details and registration information for the education program can be found under the “Education” tab.

Other Show Highlights

Keynote Presentations

  • FABx Tech Talks
    Monday, Nov. 11 | 8:30-9:45 a.m.
    In honor of Veterans Day, FABx Tech Talks (designed to emulate the TED-style concept) will feature military veterans who have gone on to excel in leadership, business, advanced manufacturing and workforce development. Speakers include Chad Hennings, NFL Super Bowl champion; Hernán Luis y Prado, president of Workshop for Warriors; Jason Ray, CEO of Paperless Parts; Shelly Rood, educational consultant; and Michael Walton, industry solutions executive at Microsoft.

  • Frank Abagnale,
    Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 8:30-10 a.m.
    Renowned cyber security and fraud prevention expert presents a two-part keynote. During the first part, titled “Catch Me If You Can,” Abagnale will provide entertaining insight into his life as a notorious imposter in the 1960s. During the second part, “Art of the Steal,” he will instruct attendees on how to protect themselves and their businesses from fraud.
  • Grant Imahara,
    Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    The former host of Discovery’s “Mythbusters” and animatronics engineering expert provides a behind-the-scenes look at his work on various sets and productions, while also touching on the importance of advancing the engineering/manufacturing industry.

Leadership Exchange
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Monday - Emerging and Advanced Technologies for Manufacturing 2020
Wednesday - The Impact of Disruptive Technology and the Future of Manufacturing
Thursday - 21st Century Workforce: Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Industry Night
Tuesday, Nov. 12 | 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Lakeside Center McCormick Place
The Chicago Blues and Brews-themed event will include live blues music, local craft beer tasting and much more. Advance ticket price is $50.

Women of FABTECH Breakfast
Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 7:45-10 a.m.
This  breakfast celebrates the importance of women in manufacturing and aims to foster relationships and dialogue between supporters and practitioners in the field. Advance ticket is $25.



November 11-14
McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.

Monday, November 11 — 
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12 — 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13 — 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 14 — 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Show floor admission is complimentary if you register by Nov. 2 using promo code FBCCAI. After that date and on-site, the fee is $50. CCAI members may attend the exhibits for free with an expo pass and proof of membership. There is additional cost for education sessions.

CCAI offers a 30% discount on registration for the Finishing Education Program when you enter promo code “Finishing30” at registration. The discount only applies to Finishing sessions. CCAI members also receive a special member rate as shown on the website. Not a member? Visit ccaiweb.com and click on “join.”

Book a hotel room through onPeak, the official hotel provider for FABTECH, for the lowest negotiated hotel rates for exhibitors and attendees at the most popular and convenient hotels in Chicago. Visit fabtechexpo.com and click on “Hotel/Travel.”