FABTECH 2012 Confirms: Manufacturing is the Comeback Player of the Year
Record Turnout and Brisk Sales Show that Manufacturing in the U.S. has a Bright Future
The Fabtech trade show, which bills itself as North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and laser event, is now behind us. 25,903 attendees walked the more than 450,000 net square feet of floor space at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Record first day attendance and solid sales throughout proves manufacturing is not just surviving, but fit and healthy in the US.
FABTECH show co-Manager, John Catalano commented:
“We’ve received great feedback from attendees and exhibitors. Attendees were impressed with the size and scope of the show and the vast array of new products and technologies on display. Exhibitors were enthusiastic and report that sales activity was brisk and leads were plentiful.”
This year we had set up a newly designed booth showcasing a MH314C 4-roll plate roll (10’ x 9/16”). The machine attracted a lot of interest and not just because it was beautifully painted with an American flag on its front but because of what it has “inside”.
The MH314C is the ultimate evolution in the plate bending field with two dragging rolls with hydraulic pinching allowing a steady and precise material dragging. This plate bending machine is the easiest, most versatile, quickest and precise the market can offer.
The machine was already sold prior to arriving to the booth but because of being able to demonstrate it and the CNC Touch Command Control EVO that it was equipped with, we sold several other machines, both MH314C models and other larger models.
We generated more quality leads in Las Vegas than in the last year’s Fabtech Show in Chicago show where the quantity of leads ended up surpassing the quality. This year in Las Vegas we did not have many “tire-kickers” visit our booth but customers that were seriously looking to purchase machines. Discussions were lively and productive.
Our overall impression of the show was that there was a genuine belief in the manufacturing business and continued growth in 2013. The optimism could be felt in all conversations.
Now, together with all our fellow-exhibitors we are facing a busy time of following up on the generated leads as well as already looking into the next years Fabtech Show in Chicago. The work never ends!
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 Holidays.
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