FABTECH 2023 successfully wrapped up its four-day run at Chicago's McCormick Place on September 14, achieving significant milestones for attendance, exhibitors, and show floor size. From September 11 – 14, FABTECH 2023 welcomed 40,505 attendees from across the globe—a 26% year-over-year gain in attendance compared to the 2022 event in Atlanta and a 40% increase compared to the 2021 event in Chicago. Representing 80 countries and all 50 states, these industry professionals converged at McCormick Place to explore cutting-edge technology, engage in education sessions, establish new business relationships, and foster invaluable networking connections.

"We extend our sincere gratitude to the attendees, exhibitors, speakers, members, and everyone who joined us for FABTECH 2023 in Chicago," expressed Tracy Garcia, CEM, FABTECH Group Director at SME. "This year's event was an exceptional gathering, offering the industry a one-stop-shop for solutions with an expansive show floor that truly showcased the future of manufacturing. FABTECH remains well positioned to continue its leadership role in delivering access to leading-edge trends, technologies, and innovations that are driving manufacturing forward."

FABTECH 2023's show floor, spanning 825,325 square feet across three exhibit halls, featured an extensive showcase of over 1,500 world-class suppliers. Among these were 235 new exhibitors unveiling more than 575 new products, exemplifying the industry's unwavering commitment to innovation, efficiency, and sustainability. 

The eight technology pavilions explored critical sectors such as 3D/Additive Manufacturing, Forming and Fabricating, Finishing, METALFORM, Tube/Pipe, Robotics and Industrial Automation, Welding, and Welding Automation. Prominent industry leaders, alongside a diverse range of exhibitors, once again converged at the event, drawing significant attention. Notable companies missing from the show floor in 2021 such as Lincoln Electric, AIDA-America, and MC Machinery Systems/Mitsubishi Laser, among others, were back in Chicago to showcase their latest products and solutions, contributing to the event's success.

"Overall, the experience was excellent. The show was incredibly busy, and we had some truly meaningful customer conversations. It felt like we were back to pre-COVID levels of attendance and interaction, which was fantastic. We engaged with customers who were genuinely interested in exploring technology and equipment. We had some great leads and high-quality conversations. We couldn't be happier with the show," said Vince Iozzo, Head of Marketing, TRUMPF North America

Special events at FABTECH 2023 included inspiring keynote presentations and FABx Tech Talks, addressing the latest industry trends and challenges. Attendees gained valuable insights into topics ranging from advanced technology and manufacturing processes to business leadership and risk management. The September 12 morning keynote featured former pro golfer and PGA announcer David Feherty who entertained audiences with his sharp wit and colorful personality sharing great life stories and behind-the-scenes moments from life on the PGA Tour.

Additional special events featured daily Leadership Exchange Panels, offering discussions on advanced manufacturing, robotics, workforce development, and capital funding sources. The Women of FABTECH breakfast celebrated the achievements of women in manufacturing, and the State of the Industry session offered a comprehensive analysis of the manufacturing landscape. These special events provided attendees with a unique opportunity to learn, network, and gain valuable knowledge to stay ahead in the ever-evolving manufacturing industry. 

FABTECH 2023 presented an extensive educational program comprising over 180 sessions and workshops across 15 technology tracks. Industry thought leaders and experts guided over 1,000 conference participants through topics like automation, smart manufacturing, welding, cutting, lasers, lean, workforce development, and business management strategies.

FABTECH 2024, which marks a shift in location, is scheduled for October 15-17, 2024, in Orlando, Florida, at the Orange County Convention Center. Registration details for FABTECH 2024 will be announced in the Spring of 2024.

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