The Fabtech trade show, which bills itself as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and laser event, is now behind us. The 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 expected attendees (not yet a confirmed number) made this year’s show, held last week at McCormick Place, the largest ever. So, having said that, we at C Marshall Fabrication Machinery were part of creating history.
After small initial “hick-ups” with our booth, the show took a very good start on Monday, November 14. The steady stream of potential buyers interested in our MH314c 4-roll on the floor as well as the wide range of MG rolls and other metalworking machinery offered by CMF kept our booth personnel busy and focused. And it wasn’t just us being very pleased with the turn-around; the word all over the exhibit hall was that exhibitors were happy and felt that there was a genuine interest in investing and not just “kicking tires”.
We generated a larger number of leads than expected but of course, even if they now feel like “quality leads” it isn’t until later that this may or may not prove to be accurate. CMF looks forward to several weeks of intense quoting and follow-ups.
The overall feeling I got from this year’s Fabtech show is that optimism is back after several years of uncertainty and “holding-back” due to a cloudy economy and confusing signals sent by the bumpy market. The exhibitors as well as the event attendees had generally a more positive outlook on the manufacturing future; thus the attendees were more opt to seriously looking into investing in capital machinery.
Now, facing the after-show-work, I am already looking into what needs to be done for next year’s Fabtech show in Las Vegas. Yes, it seems like it is so far away in the future, yet we all know how quickly time passes and nobody wants to wake up at the last minute when it comes to planning for this show.
As the Holiday Season is approaching I wish my customers, vendors, dealers and all the people active in the metal fabrication world a Very Happy Thanksgiving.
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