Originally published by DAILY NEWS:
FABTECH Canada has announced that the fabricating trade show will be returning to Toronto in 2014, significantly expanded in both size and scope.
The show will take place from March 18 to 20, 2014, at the newly-renovated Toronto Congress Centre, and will feature the latest trends in fabricating, welding, metal forming, stamping, coating and finishing.
“The decision to expand the show is based on the success of the 2012 premiere event, which was the first time the world-renowned FABTECH brand launched a show in Canada,” said Janine Saperson, show manager with SME, which is hosting FABTECH Canada 2014 with other industry leaders, FMA (The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l), AWS (The American Welding Society), PMA (Precision Metalforming Association) and CCAI (Chemical Coaters Association International).
Included in the 2014 Canadian expansion is the addition of key industry partners PMA and CCAI, a larger conference and welding area, and brand new finishing and stamping pavilions, featuring a wide-range of exhibiting companies making a debut at the show along with extensive, interactive educational and networking opportunities.
“In Canada, there is growing demand for the technical expertise and industry insight provided by an event like FABTECH, which is evident by the fact that the exhibitor floor is already 80 per cent sold,” Saperson said. “In Ontario alone, there are 1.7 million manufacturing professionals – the largest amount of manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in both Canada and the U.S. – and the show is geared towards the needs of these employees, from industries such as automotive and energy to transportation and construction, as well as businesses that either produce or rely on equipment and machinery in their day-to-day operations.”
Saperson noted that recent reports by Forbes Magazine and the Economist Intelligence Unit respectively consider Canada the best place in the world for businesses to grow and the best country in the G-7 in which to do business over the next five years – another major impetus to the FABTECH brand’s decision to expand in Canada.
The Canadian show comes on the heels of the massive FABTECH 2013 taking place in Chicago later this month, which is expected to draw 35,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitors. FABTECH is also expanding its reach in 2014 with shows in Mexico, India, and Atlanta after the Canadian event.