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Canada to get its own Fabtech show in March

Toronto, ON - The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) and American Welding Society (AWS) have announced plans to launch the first-ever Fabtech Canada, to be held in 2012 at the...


Toronto, ON – The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (FMA) and American Welding Society (AWS) have announced plans to launch the first-ever Fabtech Canada, to be held in 2012 at the Toronto Congress Centre on March 20-22.

The event will feature a comprehensive showcase of technologies, tools and trends – with a special focus on fabricating technology – geared towards the needs of Canada’s estimated 1.5 million manufacturing employees in industries ranging from automotive and energy to transportation and construction.

“Fabtech has an unsurpassed reputation across North America and we’re thrilled to bring a uniquely Canadian version to the marketplace here,” said Janine Saperson, show manager with SME, which is hosting the premiere event with FMA and AWS.

“Fabtech Canada 2012 will be a one-stop venue for solutions for welding, lasers, fabricating, bending, forming and more, tailored to the unique needs of our country’s growing manufacturing sector, as well as any business that either produces or relies on equipment and machinery in its day-to-day operations,” she said.

Being launched in response to growing demand in metal fabrication and to better represent an industry that many businesses rely on every day, Fabtech Canada will unveil new products and innovations to the Canadian market through an exhibitor pavilion. It will also provide opportunities for learning and networking with technology experts via a three-day conference and Town Hall panel session.

In the US, Fabtech will continue to be held annually in three rotating cities, including Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta. The Fabtech brand was also successfully introduced to the Mexican market in 2009.

“FMA is excited to partner with SME and AWS to extend the Fabtech brand into Canada and we hope this venture will match our success in Mexico,” said Jerry Shankel, FMA president. “This initiative supports FMA’s other business interests in Canada and is a good opportunity for us to better serve the country’s fabricating and welding industries.”

Ray Shook, AWS executive director, said “AWS is pleased to be a part of Fabtech Canada. This is a natural step based on the strong US brand that has been built and it supports our international development strategies.”

For more information on Fabtech Canada 2012, to exhibit or to register for the event, visit www.fabtechcanada.com. Show updates are also available on Twitter and LinkedIn.