Bravo, FABTECH Exhibitors and Attendees!October 1, 2021
Fist bumps, elbow taps, handshakes and lots of smiles—partially hidden by masks, to be sure, but there nonetheless—all highlighted an exceptionally productive week at FABTECH 2021, which most assuredly will go down as the most unusual FABTECH of our lifetimes. But make no mistake, it was by all accounts a worthwhile and much-needed event, fostering, as always, the critical exchange of technology and ideas that fuels our industry.
Some 15,000 attendees walked the FABTECH aisles at McCormick Place in September, generating dozens if not hundreds of qualified leads for all of the exhibitors we spoke to. And, we heard several tales of equipment being sold on the show floor. The mantra repeatedly voiced by exhibitors:
“While we came with modest expectations, they were exceeded in every way possible.”
Certainly, many important suppliers to the metal forming and fabricating industry were missing, while others downsized their booths and some opted to not ship and demonstrate machines on the show floor. Despite this, attendees still were treated to a dazzling display of new technology at every turn. Clearly there’s hunger for education and networking, and FABTECH satisfied that hunger.