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FABTECH Announces Expanded Education Program for Las Vegas Show

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September 18, 2012 – Las Vegas – FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, has released a schedule for its newly expanded education program which will be held alongside the show in Las Vegas, November 12-14. The lineup will feature more than 100 valuable educational sessions that offer unique insights from top industry experts on today’s hottest topics in manufacturing.

FABTECH is expected to attract more than 25,000 manufacturers to the Las Vegas Convention Center to view 1,100 exhibits, including live equipment demonstrations covering more than 400,000 net square feet of floor space. Simultaneously, the education program features technical, operational, economic, and managerial sessions where participants will discover solutions to advance their career and their businesses.

“This year’s lineup will be like no other,” said John Catalano, the show’s co-manager. “We have added more than 50 new sessions, including presentations in Spanish, and expanded our welding, management and lean manufacturing tracks. From process, design and production engineers to plant managers, job shop owners and corporate management, FABTECH’s education program provides a valuable learning experience to benefit every member of your team.”

Several new special events have been added to the program such as a Workshop on Lean Manufacturing for Managers that will be offered on Sunday, November 11. There will also be a panel discussion with seasoned Washington, DC, government relations experts on how the presidential and congressional election results will impact U.S. manufacturing; a special roundtable with five manufacturing CEOs on “The State of the Industry: Manufacturers’ Executive Outlook;” and various new product presentations taking place daily in the FABTECH Theaters.

A schedule of educational sessions, pricing information and registration is available on the FABTECH 2012 website.

In addition to all of the educational sessions and special events, FABTECH also offers some great networking opportunities, including a special Happy Hour on the show floor and a Cocktails & Comedy event. Also, everyone is invited to FABTECH’s inaugural RUN4MFG 5K that will be held in the streets of Las Vegas. Runners and sponsors will have the opportunity to donate to four different charitable organizations supporting manufacturing.

The five FABTECH co-sponsors represent a wide variety of expertise. The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), co-sponsor the sessions on cutting, finishing, forming & fabricating, lean, management, stamping, and tube & pipe. 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.

Engage with industry professionals and show attendees before, during and after the event. Connect with FABTECH on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Flicker.

Note to Media: Media registration is available on the FABTECH website.

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