FABTECH Heads to HotlantaOctober 1, 2010
Yes, the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, the city’s professional basketball and hockey franchises, will be in town November 2-4, but the FABTECH International metalforming and fabricating exhibition and educational conference promises to steal some of their thunder when it lands in the heart of downtown Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. The 3.9 million-sq.-ft. convention center, which has 12 exhibit halls as well as 106 meeting rooms, and ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country, will play host to a bevy of new metalforming, fabricating, stamping, welding, finishing and tube and pipe technology. More than 1000 exhibitors and 22,000 attendees are expected to enliven the facility with demonstrations and product displays.
New this year is the Finishing Technologies pavilion and conference. Attendees will be able to peruse the latest in liquid paining and powder coating technology, electrocoating, plating, pretreatment and more.
Start the Day with a Keynote
Begin each day by attending the carefully crafted keynote presentations, targeted at addressing critical concerns of manufacturers. The keynoter lineup:
Tuesday, November 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Diversify Your Business or Die
Moderator—Paul Veryser, strategic leader, Novitas Advisors
Panelists—Roy Verstraete, president and CEO, Anchor Danly; Sam Strausbaugh, managing partner, Defiance Metal Products; Brent Schwartz, VP of engineering, MetoKote Cop.
Wednesday, November 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Make Green by Going Green: How Manufacturers Can Gain a Competitive Advantage
Moderator—Kristin Pierre, manager, Green Suppliers Network, U.S. EPA
Panelists—Mary Ellen Mika, manager-energy & environment, supply chain dept., Steelcase Inc.; Jon DeWys, DeWys Mfg.; John Spangler, technical steward, Caterpillar
Also make sure to spend time at the Solutions Showcase, where industry experts will lead discussions of critical management-related topics for metalformers and fabricators. On Tuesday morning, November 2, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, two economists very familiar with manufacturing—Dr. Chris Kuehl and Dr. Ken Mayland—will present their perspectives on diversification, from an ROI angle. The session, titled Look Before You Leap—The Economics of Diversification, will offer insights into regulatory issues, costs of entry and other economic factors that impact successful diversification. Also on Tuesday, the Solutions Showcase will feature a presentation from Paul Veryser on the Nuts and Bolts of diversification. And, a session called The Choice to Merge of Acquire, led by Robert Contaldo, managing partner, Corporate Finance Associates, will discuss the thought processes necessary to deciding if your business is ready for expansion through acquisition or merger.On tap at the Solutions Showcase for Wednesday, November 3: The Lean and Green Audit—Step one to Practical Green (11:00 a.m.-noon); Is it Possible to be Lean and Green with your Finishing System (12:30-1:30 p.m.); Converting Factory Lighting: Process and Payback (2:00-3:00 p.m.); and Outlook for Welded Pipe Usage in Natural Gas Shales (3:30-4:30 p.m.). Thursday’s one and only showcase presentation: The Essentials of Job Shop Marketing, 10:00-11:00 a.m. This session will help metalformers get a handle on marketing through websites and tradeshow displays and how to avoid several easy yet fatal mistakes.