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“The Deck” Returns to AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition 2014

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Central area encourages interaction, keeps attendees on the expo floor

DEARBORN, Mich., July 23, 2013 – The critically acclaimed central area of the exposition floor called “The Deck” will be a key feature of AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition when it returns to the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center on February 25 – 27, 2014, according to SME.

The Deck is designed to reflect the collaborative nature of AeroDef, which is produced in partnership with leading OEMs to bring together the supply chain in order to find integrated solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. It features high-level speakers and panels discussions on these and other issues related to increased productivity and affordability.

“The Deck was such a success this year we have exhibitors specifically requesting space near that area,” said Debbie Holton, SME director of events and industry strategy. “By keeping speakers, panels and networking events on the expo floor, AeroDef facilitates interaction among attendees, exhibitors and presenters on areas of common concern. That’s our end game.”

Topics discussed at the exposition and in the technical conference tracks are reflected throughout the event and on the expo floor arranged technology zones: composites, metals & advanced materials; contract manufacturing services; digital & additive manufacturing; finishing & coatings: extreme environments & survivability; integrated assembly & robotics; precision machining & tooling; and quality, measurement & inspection.

AeroDef is seeking subject area experts as speakers; the deadline for submissions is August 21. Visit to submit an abstract.

Join our Twitter group @AeroDefMfg and our LinkedIn group to learn details about AeroDef as they unfold, including keynote speakers, panels and sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.

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About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
SME advances manufacturing and attracts future generations through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training & development and the SME Education Foundation. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has been gathering, validating and sharing manufacturing knowledge for more than 80 years. SME – Making the future. Together.

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Frank Strategic Marketing
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