Fabtech Show Draws 45,000 Attendees

Show hosted more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and almost 45,000 attendees from 120 countries to celebrate manufacturing’s industrial evolution at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Fabtech hosted more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and almost 45,000 attendees from 120 countries to celebrate manufacturing’s industrial evolution at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

With more than 750,000 square feet of exhibit space, Fabtech organizers say the show provided attendees with access to the industry’s leading companies, latest innovations and insight into current and future trends. They say the four-day expo included the most extensive education programming in its history, as well as a stacked lineup of expert-led panels and keynote presentations.

The expo also put on special events that attracted large audiences, along with sparking further discussions about featured topics such as workplace collaboration, innovation and creativity. Highlights included a new keynote format, “FABx Tech Talks” given by visionary leaders, the unveiling of the Albert Paley-Jesse James metal sculpture project and the popular annual Industry Night event, held at Soldier Field.

“We thank our exhibitors, attendees, presenters and the great city of Chicago for propelling Fabtech 2017 to be one of the most successful events in our history,” said Mark Hoper, Fabtech show co-manager and FMA SVP of Expositions and Media. “Perhaps it was the celebratory nature of the Industrial Evolution theme, but every person who participated in the show had a palpable level of enthusiasm that radiated across the show floor. Participants discovered new potential collaboration partners to continue manufacturing’s evolution in addition to learning innovative methods to improve their individual business performance.”

The advanced processes driving manufacturing’s continued transformation were on display at the event this year. Hundreds of live product demonstrations showcased the most innovative new technologies, giving attendees an unparalleled glimpse into the industry’s future. The new 3D/Additive Manufacturing Pavilion and Theater welcomed thousands of interested industry professionals for tech tours, presentations, panels and more.

To learn more about Fabtech 2017 and Fabtech 2018, which will be held in Atlanta, go to fabtechexpo.com.