FABTECH 2017 “Steels” Chicago
Emerging technologies, expert insight, and high industry attendance showcased
at North America’s premier manufacturing tradeshow and conference
FABTECH® 2017, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, hosted more
than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 44,935 attendees from 120 countries to celebrate manufacturing’s
industrial evolution Nov. 6-9 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
With more than 750,000 square feet of exhibit space, FABTECH provided attendees with access to the industry’s
leading companies, latest innovations, and insight into current and future trends. 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
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 senior
vice president 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, and panels.
Several of FABTECH’s most attended education tracks also covered advanced technologies, such as automation/
smart manufacturing and robotics. Conventional tracks like stamping and lasers also incorporated how these new
technologies can be implemented to improve traditional operations. The workforce development track delved into
the effect the industry’s transformation would have on ensuring companies are able to hire the right talent.
Adding to the excitement, FABTECH unveiled a new logo and brand identity for the FABTECH series of events on the
last day of the show. With its more modern look, the new logo better conveys the current and future direction of the
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