Exhibit Hall Space Grows 41% with More Than 50 New Exhibiting Companies and Attendance Grows 36% with Over 6,300 Registered Industry Professionals
ROSEMONT, IL, NOVEMBER 5, 2014The 2nd Annual ASSEMBLY Show, the only event exclusively focused on assembly products and services, which just closed at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, was a tremendous success according to the exhibitors, attendees and event organizers. BNP Media, publishers of ASSEMBLY Magazine and producers of the Show announced that the exhibit hall floor had 205 exhibiting companies occupying over 50,000 net square feet, a 41% increase over 2013 with over 6,300 industry professionals in attendance, a 36% increase from 2013. The exhibitors responded enthusiastically with 77% of the 2014 show exhibitors already renewing their booth space for the 2015 Show, which will take place October 27-29 back at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
"We are thrilled with the response from the industry and thank the exhibitors, attendees, speakers and press who made this such worthwhile event,” said Tom Esposito, Publisher, ASSEMBLY Magazine. “From the start of the event with pre-conference workshops, followed by a successful opening night reception on the Show floor, to the keynote presentation, dynamic education seminars and networking events, the three-day event was robust with the new products, services and technologies available to the industry today. This was a clear representation of the growth of the overall industry.”
The trade show floor offered attendees the opportunity to become better connected, better prepared and better informed. More than 200 exhibitors, representing the very best from the vendor community, showcased the latest solutions to current challenges. There were eleven educational sessions that were held in theaters set up on the exhibit hall floor. Many of the presentations were broadcast live, and all of the session recordings are available on www.theassemblyshow.com. Presentations were given by Panasonic Assembly Tools, Desoutter Industrial Tools, SCHUNK, Inc., Henkel Corp., Transformix Engineering Inc., Banner Engineering, 3M Industrial Adhesives and Tapes, The Arthur G. Russell Co, Ingersoll Rand Power Tools, as well as the Robotics Industries Association and ASSEMBLY Magazine who presented the 2015 Capital Equipment Spending Outlook.
During his presentation of the 2015 Capital Equipment Spending Outlook John Sprovieri, Editor in Chief of ASSEMBLY Magazine said, “The good news for the industry is that manufacturing employment is at its highest level since April 2010 and manufacturing operations are running at 77% capacity. Assemblers are investing, with 75% of assembly plants planning to spend at least the same if not more than in the past year.”
On Tuesday afternoon the event kicked off with two pre-event workshops which were extremely well attended. Boothroyd Dewhurst hosted the Design for Manufacture and Assembly Workshop where panelists discussed ways to lower manufacturing costs through good design. In addition representatives from Extol Inc., SPIROL International, ETS International and Branson Ultrasonics participated in The Plastics Assembly Workshop. The show floor opened at 5 pm with the Taste of Rosemont, where local area restaurants offered delicious food and beverage while attendees had a chance to network and get a sneak peak of the show floor.
Many exhibitors deemed the show a huge success. Phil Sponslor, president of Orbitform said, “We had a great show, the attendees were plentiful, interested and motivated. We had five times as many leads as we had last year.” Glenn Nausley, President of Promess, Inc. said, “We were pleased last year and this year was even better.”
The event kicked off with a thought provoking keynote speech by Tim Hutzel and David Lippert, co-authors of Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America’s Manufacturing through Reshoring. David Lippert started off the presentation asking the audience to remove their shoes and find out where they were made; 90% were made in China, Vietnam or Bangladesh, making his point that too many manufacturers are off shoring their operations. Tim Hutzel added the importance for companies to promote Made in the USA, which should be a selling point for all companies.
Preceding the keynote Austin Weber, senior editor for ASSEMBLY Magazine, presented the Assembly Plant of the Year Award to STIHL Inc., a leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment. The company is a leader in the use of automation to reduce cost and increase value in its state-of-the-art vertically integrated factory in Virginia Beach, VA.
“At STIHL Incorporated, we always seek out new strategies and technologies to reduce production cost and time, better our products for our loyal customers, and enhance the work environment for our employees,” said Christian Koestler, vice president of operations for STIHL Inc. “Being honored as the 2014 Assembly Plant of the Year is a testament to the success of the STIHL way."
The ASSEMBLY Show 2015 will be held Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Show is sponsored by ASSEMBLY (www.assemblymag.com), a monthly trade magazine read by 56,000 engineers and managers responsible for manufacturing and designing cars, computers, catheters, coffee makers, etc. ASSEMBLY covers the processes, technologies and strategies for joining discrete parts into finished products. The event is produced by BNP Media (www.bnpmedia.com), one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving professionals across 50+ industries. For more information, visit www.theassemblyshow.com.
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