Skip to content

WESTEC 2019 Makes Successful Debut at New Location

Alan Rooks
By Alan Rooks Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

On Sept. 24, WESTEC 2019, the leading West Coast manufacturing event, opened for the first time at its new location: the Long Beach Convention Center. The three-day event showcased the latest in machinery, metrology, design, digital, 3D printing, and engineering expertise. At WESTEC, produced by SME and AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology, attendees connected with leading manufacturers in the aerospace, medical, industrial machinery and consumer goods industries—many of them located in the thriving California manufacturing industry.

WESTEC 2019 was held Sept. 24-27 at the Long Beach Convention Center and hosted more than 10,000 attendees.

Visitors evaluated the latest technologies while meeting with the experts who developed them. Complimentary educational sessions were geared toward industry executives, including interactive Knowledge Bars, keynote addresses and informative new-product demonstrations. Advanced technologies were covered at the Smart Manufacturing Hub, featuring leading technology providers. The educational sessions were all held at the SME Zone.

Continuing a tradition of providing solutions to manufacturing challenges for 55 years, WESTEC 2019 welcomed over 10,000 attendees who participated in exhibits, education sessions, networking events, and more. The WESTEC 2019 show floor spanned 150,000 square feet and hosted 450 exhibiting companies.

Manufacturing influencers spoke throughout the three-day event, including three keynote presentations: Tom Wujec, an expert on Innovation, a fellow at Autodesk and Adjunct Professor, Singularity University, spoke on The Future of Making on Tuesday, Sept. 24; Brian Beaulieu CEO and chief economist for ITR Economics, examined the Economic Outlook For Manufacturing Through 2023 on Wed., Sept. 25; and Fredi Lajvardi, STEM Educator and the subject of the documentary, “Underwater Dreams,” and the IMAX film “Dream Big,” discussed “Embracing New Technology, Empowering Teams: How Creativity And Teamwork Can Inspire Your Manufacturing Process,” on the last day of the event, Thurs., Sept. 25.

Latest News

  • More than 5,900 manufacturing professionals and leaders descended on Greenville, S.C., for SOUTHTEC 2019.
    Event Coverage

    Southeastern Manufacturing Shines Bright at SOUTHTEC 2019

    November 14, 2019
    Every other year, manufacturers in the Southeast get to shine and showoff at SOUTHTEC. More than 5,900 manufacturing professionals and leaders descended on Greenville, S.C., for this year’s event to see the latest equipment, tools, software, training and technologies driving manufacturing today.
    By Chris Mahar - Associate Editor, SME Media
  • NTK Cutting Tools Logo

    Using Advanced Cutting Tool Technology to Improve Productivity

    November 13, 2019
    Cutting tool technology continues to advance, and manufacturers can take advantage of a wide range of new cutting tool products. In this episode, Alan Rooks, Editor in Chief of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, talks with Tim Easton, National Sales Manager for NTK Cutting Tools.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Machining & Metal Cutting

    Step Up Your High Speed Machining Game with These 5 Books

    November 12, 2019
    Modern machining is all about speeds and feeds. The old school slow, heavy cuts that were very popular back in the day have been replaced with a new way of machining parts characterized by fast, lighter cuts.
    By Practical Machinist - Sponsored Content
  • Latest Videos

  • Connect With SME Media

Always Stay Informed

Receive the latest manufacturing news and technical information by subscribing to our monthly and quarterly magazines, weekly and monthly eNewsletters, and podcast channel.