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AMT and SME Announce Major Partnership to Co-Produce Five Manufacturing Events

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Last week at IMTS 2016, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and SME, both nonprofits promoting advanced manufacturing technology, announced a major new partnership for a series of regional trade shows focused on the manufacturing technology industry. The collaboration encompasses the existing EASTEC, WESTEC, SOUTH-TEC, HOUSTEX, and Mfg4 events.

The new events will feature education, applications, and technology innovation, particularly in the areas of digital manufacturing, automation, MTConnect® and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Mirroring the industry trend of regionalized manufacturing in the United States, each event will include a mix of topics and technologies that are of specific interest to that region.

“SME and AMT are each bringing their unique strengths to this collaboration, which will provide our members and the manufacturing industry at large with innovative, best-in-class events to drive business success,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “We look forward to exciting developments as our partnership grows.”

SME and AMT first partnered on an event-related agreement in 1989. The idea was to pull together both organizations’ resources to develop forums where manufacturers could see the latest technologies in their own regions of the United States.

“SME and AMT are an excellent pairing, representing the individuals and companies that are the end-users and builders of manufacturing technology,” said SME Chief Executive Officer Jeff Krause. “Together, our organizations represent the manufacturing marketplace.”

The 2017-18 events will immediately benefit from the cooperation and collaboration of AMT and SME. Some updates could potentially include: innovative new learning opportunities, new interactive exhibits and more ways for attendees and exhibitors to connect and collaborate.

“The dynamic of manufacturing is changing dramatically, and manufacturers are demanding the latest and most innovative events and solutions available,” said AMT Vice President - Exhibitions & Business Development Peter Eelman. “The combination of AMT and SME will bring those solutions to a wider audience. We are excited about future possibilities as the industry evolves and the events evolve along with it.”

“Events are the live platform that drives collaboration,” said Vice President of SME Events and Industry Strategy Debbie Holton. “As two of the largest producers of manufacturing events in North America, SME and AMT provide regional venues that manufacturing professionals rely on to see the latest technology and create business opportunities.”

SME and AMT have an extended history of successful collaboration in strengthening the U.S. advanced manufacturing technology industry and its workforce. The new partnership will take those efforts to a next level with an expanded audience appeal and innovative transfer of technology knowledge and applications.

For more information, view the press release.


The events that will be included in this partnership:

  • HOUSTEX
    February 28 - March 2, 2017
    Houston, Texas
  • EASTEC
    May 16 - 18, 2017
    West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • WESTEC
    September 12 - 14, 2017
    Los Angeles, California
  • SOUTH-TEC
    October 24 - 26, 2017
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Mfg4
    May 8 - 10, 2018
    Hartford, Connecticut

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