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WESTEC Expo Returns to Los Angeles, October 15-17, 2013

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The premiere West Coast manufacturing event returns ahead of schedule in response to a growing manufacturing sector and exhibitor/attendee feedback

April 30, 2013, (LOS ANGELES) – WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center – October 15-17, 2013. Produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), WESTEC was previously scheduled as a spring 2014 event, but increased industry demand and participant feedback convinced the organizers to shift the date forward.

For nearly 50 years, WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s premier technological showcase for the manufacturing industry. Generations of manufacturers have used the event as a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies, and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers have unveiled technological breakthroughs at WESTEC—from software, cutting tools, 3D printers to multi-tasking machines.

The West Coast is an important part of the U.S manufacturing sector. Los Angeles County alone is the leading hub in the U.S, producing more than 20 percent of global manufactured products and is home to more than 380,000 people involved in the manufacturing industry.

“The American manufacturing sector is showing renewed strength and economic vitality. We wanted to capitalize on this progress and felt it necessary to move our event up from the spring to the fall,” said Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager. “Our exhibitors and attendees agreed that the fall would be an ideal time to explore the changing manufacturing technologies.”

WESTEC 2013 will build upon the overall success of the last exhibition, held March 2012, as a hub of industry innovation and business development. WESTEC 2012 saw increased attendees and exhibitors from years past, with more than 13,000 people and 400 exhibiting companies participating. Of these participants more than 35 percent were first-time attendees.

After years of economic uncertainty, the U.S manufacturing industry has hit a renewed period of growth. Since 2010, the industry has added nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs—the strongest period of job creation since the mid-1990’s. New innovations in manufacturing technology and automation are credited with fueling this economic boom period, and WESTEC has served as the industry’s go-to West Coast event for showcasing and promoting these new technologies.

"WESTEC is a place for industry leaders to share and develop ideas about the future of manufacturing," said Longroy, "Working with our advisory committee and manufacturing leaders, we have developed a truly comprehensive program that connects the industry, technology, and processes that allows them to build on the momentum we’re already seeing in manufacturing."

For more information on WESTEC 2013, visit www.westeconline.com.

About WESTEC
WESTEC, the region’s definitive manufacturing event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center fall 2013. The three-day event gives you access to the latest technologies, equipment, and products from the industry’s leading innovators. Products and technology are highlighted through interactive exhibits, education and networking.

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, magazines, publications and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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