FABTECH provides a convenient venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs. The annual event will offer more than 1,300 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees full access to over 550,000 net square feet of floor space.
- Event Type:
- Nov. 16-18, 2016
- Las Vegas Convention Center
- Las Vegas , NV , USA
FABTECH is the place where the industry’s most influential buyers come to see the latest and greatest in metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing. They seek out new technology and products to make their businesses more productive and profitable. No other event offers a better face-to-face opportunity to showcase your equipment and services to decision makers from around the world.
Value of Exhibiting
FABTECH is a solid, high-quality investment of your marketing dollars that yields exceptional value and positive results. Prepare to build brand awareness, expand market share, collect leads, write orders and increase profits. As an exhibitor, you’ll also position yourself above the competition.
Get the Lead on Leads
117,487 leads were collected at FABTECH 2012… an average of 93 leads per exhibitor. With expected attendance in excess of 28,000, FABTECH 2016 will generate the leads you need to succeed.
FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming. fabricating, welding and finishing event, offers an array of educational programs to enhance your career or business! With 100+ targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial sessions, you’ll discover the solutions you need to advance your career and your business. You’ll network with peers, learn from top industry experts, exchange best practices and explore the latest technology and advancements in the industry.
About the FABTECH Education Program
The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA), SME (formerly known as Society of Manufacturing Engineers), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), American Welding Society (AWS) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), co-sponsor the sessions on cutting, finishing, forming & fabricating, management, job shop solutions, automation & robotics, stamping, and tube & pipe. All sessions are two hours in length, offering practical knowledge you can use right away. Sessions with Tech Tours combine classroom instruction followed by expert-led guided tours on the show floor to see technology operating in designated booths.
The American Welding Society (AWS) presents a comprehensive lineup of welding education. Led by the industry’s top professionals, programs focus on best practices and new commercial developments in welding and thermal spray. Events include conferences, seminars, RWMA Resistance Welding School, professional program, society events, and more.
Continuing Education Credits
Individuals who attend AWS education programs are awarded 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) for each hour of education program attendance. Individuals seeking FMA Recertification Credits will be awarded 2 credits for each conference session attended (forming & fabricating, cutting, or finishing tracks) plus an additional 2 credits for attending the show. Individuals who attend SME education programs may be eligible to receive one credit per hour attended toward their SME-managed recertification requirements.
North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event heads to the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV USA. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 550,000 net square feet and anticipates over 28,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibiting companies. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing needs.
To get the most from attending FABTECH, you should have a strategy. Knowing what you would like to accomplish before, during, and after the show will help maximize your time. Below are planning tips and additional information to make your first visit a success.
- Register early – Registration Opens April 2016
- International Visitors can request a Letter of Invitation through the online registration process. Make an appointment for a visa interview with your embassy as soon as possible.
- Have a goal of what you want to accomplish. Select exhibiting companies to visit and products and services you need to evaluate, what new products you’d like to see and conference sessions to attend.
- Use the Planning tools like the Expo Planner and download the mobile app.
- Check out all the exciting things to see and do in Las Vegas after show hours.
Where to Stay
- Make reservations for transportation and lodging early.
- For convenience, try to book a hotel close to the trade show. Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the Las Vegas Convention Center and designated event hotels during show days.
- Check out FABTECH 2016 housing. The Official Housing vendor, onPeak, has reserved the best hotels, lowest rates in the most convenient locations around Las Vegas.
What to Wear
- Check the weather before you arrive. Las Vegas weather in November is typically mild, but check the weather before you go and dress accordingly. Temperatures range around 67˚F during the day and 47˚F in the evenings.
- Pack comfortable shoes, wear business casual clothing, and remember you are a representative for your business.
- Most exhibitors provide bags to utilize at the show for literature, freebies and product samples. Make sure to allow room in your suitcase(s) to bring back these take-a-ways.
Transportation is convenient in and around Las Vegas. You can fly into the major airport, and reach hotels and the Las Vegas Convention Center in no time by car, taxi, or a variety of ground transportation services.
Connect with other people
- Bring plenty of your own business cards.
- Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others.
- Attend educational sessions, workshops, show special events including keynote, featured presentations, after-hour receptions and exhibitor sponsored networking functions if available. These networking opportunities are why you came.
- Stay connected via social media like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn before, during and after the show.
After the Show
- Identify if your objectives were met and if the cost of attending the trade show has had a positive long-term effect for you and your business.
- Be proactive. Touch base with contacts made and communicate with those exhibiting companies that offered products and services of interest.
- Utilize the Official Show Directory as a continued source of company and technology information.
- Share your show experience on social media.