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Manufacturers can learn about wind and solar energy opportunities at November trade show

Dearborn, MI -- The wind energy market has an aggressive goal to supply 20% of US energy by 2030, and the US s...


October 28, 2009
By MRO Magazine


Dearborn, MI — The wind energy market has an aggressive goal to supply 20% of US energy by 2030, and the US solar energy industry grew to record levels in 2008. How does this translate into opportunities for metalforming, fabricating and welding manufacturers?


Manufacturers can learn more about growth opportunities in the energy sector by attending free sessions at the upcoming Fabtech International & AWS Welding Show, including Metalform, in Chicago, IL, Nov. 15-18, 2009.



A keynote panel presentation titled “Energy – The Outlook is Bright, But Where Will It Lead Us?,” will connect experts from both the wind and solar energy sectors to discuss trends and forecasts, government issues and what it all means to current and future suppliers in the fabricating industry.


A presentation on the wind energy market, featured at the event’s Solutions Showcase Theater, will discuss opportunities for investment and growth in the sector including utility-scale and small wind turbine component manufacturing, tower fabrications, installation and grid tie-in.


“The growth of the US wind power industry can be attributed to significant improvements in wind technology, increasingly supportive policies, a growing interest in the deployment of renewable energy resources and a strong desire to produce clean energy jobs,” said Brad Lystra, manager of economic development partnerships for the American Wind Energy Association.


“This growth has led to a rapid expansion in wind turbine component manufacturing around the country and the creation of thousands of jobs in numerous associated sectors of the wind energy supply chain.”


“In the past four years, the share of wind power parts manufactured in the US has grown from 30% to 50%, and a single wind turbine includes more than 8,000 precision parts,” added Lystra. “In addition to creating new jobs, the wind industry is positioned to replace some of the manufacturing jobs that have been lost in other sectors during the economic downturn.”


Another Solutions Showcase Theater presentation will highlight opportunities for metalforming, fabricating and welding in the solar energy industry supply chain and will focus on how solar energy is converted, stored and distributed within a home and along the ‘smart grid.’


“US solar energy capacity increased by 17% last year, and it is expected that solar power’s contribution could grow to 10% of the nation’s power needs by 2025,” said Mark Hoper, Fabtech show manager. “This growth rate means increased job opportunities for the installation of solar panels, manufacturing of components and construction of solar power plants.”


Fabtech is expected to draw some 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors to Chicago’s McCormick Place. It is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology.


To register, call 800-733-4763 or 313-425-3000, ext. 4500 or visit