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Reed Exhibitions Industrial Group becomes SME Canada (February 27, 2007)

Toronto, ON -- Reed Exhibitions Industrial Group of Trade Shows has been acquired by the Society of Manufacturing ...


February 27, 2007
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Reed Exhibitions Industrial Group of Trade Shows has been acquired by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), forming SMEs Canadian office.

Included in the transaction are the Montreal Plant Maintenance & Design Engineering Show, Western Manufacturing Technology Show, Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show, Advanced Manufacturing Expo, Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show, Southwestern Ontario Industrial Show and Canadian Manufacturing Week.

Based in Dearborn, Mich., SME is dedicated to bringing people and information together to advance manufacturing knowledge. SME is internationally recognized by manufacturing practitioners, companies and other organizations as a source for information, education and networking.

The marriage of SME with this portfolio of events could not be more powerful. stated Steve Prahalis, formerly president of Reed Exhibitions Canada. SME supports manufacturers from all industries and job functions through events and technical and professional development resources. To this end, the focus of these shows perfectly aligns with SMEs mandate.


With the acquisition, Prahalis becomes general manager of the SME Canadian office.

This investment not only represents a significant commitment to Canadian manufacturing, but it positions SME as an important partner to these manufacturers for years to come, said Brian Holmes, SME president-elect and a Canadian native.

The seven events, now to be presented under the SME banner, are designed to bring buyers and sellers together to share innovation in manufacturing through exhibition, networking and education.

SME is the worlds leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. The Society, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2007, has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide, including nine chapters in Canada.

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