Show Organizers to Launch Exposition Dedicated to Metal Fabrication

The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Int'l (FMA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), announced plans today to launch a new trade show, FABTECH Mexico, to be held June 2-4, 2009 at the CINTERMEX exhibition center in Monterrey, Mexico. FABTECH Mexico will co-locate with the established AWS Weldmex (organized by the American Welding Society and Trade Show Consulting) and METALFORM Mexico (organized by the Precision Metalforming Association) shows. The joint event is expected to serve manufacturing professionals and practitioners throughout Mexico and Central America.

In conjunction with AWS Weldmex and METALFORM Mexico, FABTECH Mexico will provide the optimal environment for companies to expand their reach into the heart of Latin America's manufacturing community. Mexico is experiencing impressive growth, particularly in the automotive, assembly, heavy equipment, and aerospace industries. FABTECH Mexico will connect buyers in this high-growth market with the latest metal fabrication equipment, services and technologically advanced products they demand in order to be more productive.

"FMA is thrilled to partner with AWS, PMA and SME on an all-encompassing trade show in Mexico for the forming, fabricating, tube & pipe, and welding industries, " stated Jerry Shankel, FMA president. "We fully anticipate this event will grow into Mexico's largest manufacturing exposition, with year-one projections of 300 exhibiting, 60,000 net sq ft, and 8,000 professional attendees." Mark Tomlinson, executive director of SME added "The addition of FABTECH Mexico to AWS Weldmex and METALFORM Mexico, takes us one step closer to our overall strategic goal of offering a complete North American plan to our customers."

"The organizers of AWS Weldmex are extremely pleased to co-locate with FABTECH Mexico, " said Ray Shook, AWS executive director. We expect great success with this new alliance in the Latin American Market."

"Co-location of the new FABTECH Mexico exhibition with the well-established AWS Weldmex and PMA METALFORM Mexico events is an exciting development, " said PMA president Bill Gaskin. PMA looks forward to collaborating with our partner associations to serve the rapidly growing metalforming, fabricating and welding industries in Mexico."

FABTECH Mexico will feature a variety of bending and fabrication products, including laser and plasma cutting, coil processing, roll forming, plate and structural fabricating, saws and cut-off machines, tooling, press brakes, shears, punching, robotics, and tube and pipe equipment. AWS Weldmex focuses primarily on welding and cutting products, including thermal spray, metal finishing and safety equipment. Metalforming products, including tool and die, metal stamping, forming, and assembly equipment, will be on display at METALFORM Mexico.

Plans are underway to alternate the location of the combined annual event between Monterrey and Mexico City. Exhibitors are encouraged to use FABTECH Mexico as a platform to introduce their products and processes to a core audience of Mexico's metal fabricating professionals.

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