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Katy Allaire
by Katy Allaire
on February 10, 2016

Trade shows are an excellent way to stay connected within your industry. They provide an opportunity to network with professionals and learn about the latest trends. And if you invest in a booth, they can be invaluable for lead generation. Time and budgetary restrictions can make it difficult to find the time to attend many shows throughout the year, so finding the best ones with the biggest opportunities is essential. Below is a list of some of the top manufacturing trade shows for 2018.

1.  IPC APEX Expo

Where? San Diego, CA

When? February 27-March 1, 2018

The IPC APEX Expo is a global event that connects professionals in the electronics industry. There will be hundreds of programs at the event from companies such as Microsoft and Siemens. Attending luncheons at the event is a great networking opportunity. In addition to the expo, attendees can opt to attend professional development courses. These courses are available during the event dates as well as up to three days prior.

There are a variety of registration options available with discounted prices for members of IPC.

2. Lightfair International 2018

Where? Chicago, IL

When? May 8-10th, 2018

Lightfair is an international showcase of architectural and commercial lighting technology. The event offers a wide range of programs for all skill levels and styles, such as information lunch hours or methodology seminars. 548 exhibitors will be in attendance such as Accurate Perforating and Phillips.

Registration options are simple, with additional add-on workshops, seminars, and networking events available

3. SURTEX 2018

Where? New York, NY

When? May 20-22nd, 2018

SURTEX is a B2B marketplace for designs available for license. If your brand is looking for source designs for your product, this is a great event to meet up with innovative artists. Imagine wall coverings, patterns, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, apparel and so much more all in one place! The best part about this event is that it is free for manufacturing buyers with valid credentials until the pre-registration date of May 8th. Credentials will be required.

4. WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo

Where? Nashville, TN

When? May 15-16th, 2018

The WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo focuses on wire and cable manufacturing. The global event has hosted attendees from industries such as automotive, appliance, and medical instrumentation. Industry experts will host roundtable discussions, demonstrations, and workshops highlighting the newest technology in the industry

Registration pricing is based on membership with The Wire Association International, Inc.


5. SEMICON West 2018

Where? San Francisco, CA

When? July 10-12, 2018

SEMICON West is an event that addresses trends and changes in the manufacturing industry. The event seeks to connect professionals that can discuss innovations and opportunities to the changes while providing solutions for how to adapt to the growing business. The event focuses on semiconductor manufacturing and provides specific seminars for advanced manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing, advanced packaging, testing, and extended supply chain. Past featured presenters included professionals from Cisco and Princeton University.

Registration for this event can be found here.

6. NIWeek 2018

Where? Austin, TX

When? May 21-24th, 2018

 Hosted by National Instruments, this event brings together engineers and scientists from industries such as robotics and energy to the latest technology to improve efficiency and productivity. The event has 250+ interactive sessions, presentations, and panel discussions for those in the beginner or advanced stages. Exhibitors from industries such as engineering, aerospace, education, and semiconductors will be among those represented. 

Choose from a variety of registration options for attending the conference. Enjoy discounted pricing including early bird pricing through January 20.

7. IMTS 2018

Where? Chicago, IL

When? September 10-15th, 2018

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is the largest manufacturing show in America, 2018 will be the 32nd edition of this premier show. Industry professionals are able to see a variety of improved technologies such as machine tools, computer software, and systems & processes that improve efficiency. The event features global participants with over 2,000 exhibitors, such as Allied Machine & Engineering and EOS North America.

Registration opens in May.

8. CWIEME Chicago 2018

Where? Chicago, IL

When? October 2-4, 2018

The CWIEME takes place globally four times per year, connecting the coil winding, electric motor, and transformer manufacturing industries. The event brings suppliers and leading manufacturers together to provide expert information to professionals. Exhibitors such as Advanced Machine & Tool Corporation and ACME Mechatronics, Inc.

Registration details for this event can be found here.

9. FABTECH 2018

Where? Atlanta, GA

When? November 6-8, 2018

FABTECH connects manufacturers in metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing for hands-on experience with the newest technology and innovations of the industry. 650,000 net square feet will hold the 35,000 attendees and over 1,500 exhibiting manufacturing companies. There will be hundreds of educational sessions available for topics such as automation & robotics and management. 

Registration for this event opens April 2018.

10. Annual Biomanufacturing Summit 2018

Where? San Francisco, CA

When? June 14-15th, 2018

This global event focuses on forward-thinking initiatives. Biopharmaceutical executives can gain insight into current trends and best practices in manufacturing. Key speakers from companies like Teva API and Biologics and Juno Therapeutics will provide high-quality information from their experience and knowledge. 

***This Blog was updated 12/28/2017 for content and accuracy***

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