The organizers of FABTECH Canada have announced they are expanding the 2014 event, slated for March 18 to 20 at the Toronto Congress Centre.
“The decision to expand the show is based on the success of the 2012 premiere event, which was the first time the world-renowned FABTECH brand launched a show in Canada,” says Janine Saperson, show manager with SME, which is hosting FABTECH Canada 2014 with other industry leaders FMA (The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l), AWS (The American Welding Society), PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) and CCAI (Chemical Coaters Association International).
The only event of its kind in this country, FABTECH Canada is a one-stop, all-encompassing venue for the latest technologies and trends in fabricating, welding, metal forming, stamping, coating and finishing.
Included in the 2014 Canadian expansion is the addition of key industry partners PMA and CCAI, a larger conference and welding area, and brand new finishing and stamping pavilions, featuring a range of exhibiting companies making a debut at the show along with extensive, interactive educational and networking opportunities.
“In Canada, there is growing demand for the technical expertise and industry insight provided by an event like FABTECH, which is evident by the fact that the exhibitor floor is already 80 percent sold,” says Saperson. “In Ontario alone, there are 1.7 million manufacturing professionals–the largest amount of manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in both Canada and the US–and the show is geared towards the needs of these employees, from industries such as automotive and energy to transportation and construction, as well as businesses that either produce or rely on equipment and machinery in their day-to-day operations.”
Saperson points to recent reports by Forbes Magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit, which respectively consider Canada the best place in the world for businesses to grow and the best country in the G-7 in which to do business over the next five years.
The Canadian show comes on the heels of FABTECH 2013 taking place in Chicago later this month, drawing 35,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors. FABTECH expands its reach in 2014 with shows in Mexico, India and Atlanta after the Canadian event.
“Canada is a key market in the metal forming, fabricating and weldingindustry and the introduction of a major finishing and coatings component to the Canadian show is a testament to the growth of this sector and the increased need for the latest finishing and coatings solutions and technologies that will benefit businesses in both this country and beyond,” saysAnne Goyer, Executive Director of CCAI.
“The success of the FABTECH brand, both in Canada and around the world, is the result of the strong combination of the five partners, each of whom brings a slightly different perspective to the show,” adds Mark Hoper, VP Expositions of FMA. “Together, we are excited to bring an expanded event to such a key market as Canada in 2014.”