October 24-26, 2017 | TD Convention Center | Greenville, SC

SOUTH-TEC 2015 Highlights

Photos, educational presentations, networking events, and Bright Minds Student Program.

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This show has been unique in the fact that the quality of the participants has been way, way up. People are here on a specific mission looking to solve specific problems and it’s been very, very good for us.

Steve Burleson, Tool & Gage House


SME and AMT Announce Major Partnership to Co-Produce Five Manufacturing Events

(CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2016) – AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and SME have announced a major new partnership for a series of regional co-branded trade shows focused on the manufacturing technology industry. The collaboration encompasses the existing EASTEC, WESTEC, SOUTH-TEC, HOUSTEX and Mfg4 events.

The new events will feature a blend of education, applications and technology innovation, particularly in the areas of digital manufacturing, automation, MTConnect and the Industrial IoT. Mirroring the industry trend of regionalized manufacturing in the U.S., each event will include a mix of topics and technologies that are of specific interest to that region.

“SME and AMT are each bringing their unique strengths to this collaboration, which will provide our members and the manufacturing industry at large with innovative, best-in-class events to drive business success,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods. “We look forward to exciting developments as our partnership grows.”

SME and AMT first partnered on an event-related agreement in 1989. The idea was to pull together both organizations’ resources to develop forums where manufacturers could see the latest technologies in their own regions of the U.S.

“SME and AMT are an excellent pairing, representing the individuals and companies that are the end-users and builders of manufacturing technology,” said SME Chief Executive Officer Jeff Krause. “Together, our organizations represent the manufacturing marketplace.”

The 2017-18 events will immediately benefit from the cooperation and collaboration of AMT and SME. Some updates could potentially include: innovative new learning opportunities, new interactive exhibits and more ways for attendees and exhibitors to connect and collaborate.

“The dynamic of manufacturing is changing dramatically, and manufacturers are demanding the latest and most innovative events and solutions available,” said AMT Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development Peter Eelman. “The combination of AMT and SME will bring those solutions to a wider audience. We are excited about future possibilities as the industry evolves and the events evolve along with it.”

“Events are the live platform that drives collaboration,” said Vice President of SME Events and Industry Strategy Debbie Holton. “As two of the largest producers of manufacturing events in North America, SME and AMT provide regional venues that manufacturing professionals rely on to see the latest technology and create business opportunities.”

HOUSTEX, EASTEC, SOUTH-TEC, WESTEC and Mfg4 will continue to serve important manufacturing centers across the U.S. with enhanced content on key topics like additive manufacturing and smart manufacturing. For more information, visit sme.org/sme-and-amt.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.

About AMT
Representing U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology, AMT is the voice of an industry that is critical to providing what U.S. manufacturing needs to be productive and innovative. Located near the nation’s capital, AMT is the industry’s voice for policies and initiatives that increase global competitiveness, speed the pace of innovation, and support the development of an advanced manufacturing Smartforce. AMT is a leading expert in industry data and intelligence as well as international business development, and is the producer of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. amtonline.org

SOUTH-TEC 2015 to Address Manufacturing Trends, Feature More Than 130 Product Launches

Dynamic agenda of activities and opportunities focus on helping companies improve manufacturing capabilities, develop tomorrow’s workforce

WHAT: SOUTH-TEC, the Southeast region’s manufacturing industry showcase of innovation, knowledge sharing and relationship building, will address and discuss important and timely issues with manufacturing thought-leaders across industries. More than 400 exhibiting companies will showcase and demonstrate their latest advanced manufacturing technologies and processes.

The event will offer activities that emphasize the importance of improving manufacturing capabilities, and provide companies with the knowledge necessary, including:

  • Educational sessions and workshops focused on immediate and long-term savings with design-to-cost and design-for-manufacturability best practices, machining and casting applications for significantly improved metal removal rates, and new standards for machine tool reliability.
  • Keynote presentations and panel discussions from leading companies including Wells Fargo, FANUC, Mastercam and Stratasys address: reshoring trends; advanced robotic vision and automation; process and system improvement via the Cloud and the Internet of Things; trends and advancements in additive manufacturing and 3D printing applications; and global economic conditions that impact U.S. Manufacturing and opportunities in the Southeast.
  • More than 130 product launches and 400 exhibits from industry-leading companies.
  • SME’s Bright Minds Program will continue to reinforce the value of manufacturing education through hands-on learning experiences for students with support from educators and industry representatives.

WHO: Media can interview representatives from more than 400 exhibiting companies serving the aircraft/aerospace, automotive, commercial vehicle, energy and locomotive industries and SME leaders on-site to discuss manufacturing trends, economic impacts and employment opportunities in industry. Compelling visual images can be shot during product demonstrations. Manufacturing is important in the region and SOUTH-TEC can help media tell that story in one stop.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 27; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 28; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

SOUTH-TEC, produced by SME, is a Southeast manufacturing trade event, held every other year, that provides regional manufacturers and suppliers the means to discover and acquire the tools and processes necessary to drive the next evolution of their industry. SOUTH-TEC is designed to advance manufacturing knowledge by keeping industry executives up to date on leading technologies and trends, while highlighting the strength of manufacturing throughout the region.



SOUTH-TEC Bright Minds, Manufacturing Playground Designed to Inspire, Challenge Future Talent

CHARLOTTE, Oct. 13, 2015 – High school and postsecondary students and educators will have the opportunity to experience manufacturing hands-on during the upcoming SOUTH-TEC manufacturing event, taking place October 27-29 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The event hosts more than 400 industry-leading companies and addresses trends and issues important to the southeast region to improve production processes, technologies and capabilities. Day three will feature SME’s Bright Minds program that includes a “Manufacturing Playground,” industry keynote speakers, young professional Career Pathway chats and an exclusive tour of participating exhibitors on the show floor.

Bright Minds is a program developed by SME to reinforce the value of manufacturing education, providing hands-on learning experiences for high school and postsecondary students with support from educators, industry and SME members.

“Education is critical to the growth of U.S. manufacturing,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC event manager at SME. “We’ve incorporated some unique education and mentoring programs into SOUTH-TEC so that students gain a true sense of what a career in manufacturing requires and provides, as well as the chance to connect with industry professionals that may assist them in career choices.”

Students attending SOUTH-TEC can engage with educators from technical and community colleges from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as professionals from companies including program partners Mastercam and Stratasys, about manufacturing career paths, and valuable curriculum and skills that would be beneficial in their career goals. Keynote speakers, presentations and panels focused on workforce development include:

  • Cultivating Growth in Manufacturing; Brian Summers, vice president, Mastercam
  • Additive Manufacturing – Building Careers of the Future; Sig Behrens, general manager of education, Stratasys
  • Career Pathways; Brian Flores, senior manager for branding education, Sandvik Coromant USA

The Manufacturing Playground at SOUTH-TEC gives students and educators the opportunity to learn and observe how diverse technologies can be used collaboratively to create a promising final product. Both a CNC Lathe and a 3D printer will be in operation producing precision parts for a motorcycle to be built live on the event floor.

“Stratasys is proud to be a sponsor of Bright Minds for the fifth year now. This program provides young students the opportunity to learn about 3D printing and its many capabilities,” said Terry Hoppe, director of Applications Engineering. “We see a tremendous opportunity to bridge the gap between education and industry though the various additive manufacturing applications these students will learn.”

Through the Bright Minds Passport Tour, students and educators will have the opportunity to experience new, innovative technology like advanced robotics and animation.

“Workforce development is such a huge part of ensuring our industry will continue to grow and evolve, especially in this region. Programs like this help shape and mold the skills and knowledge of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Dick Motley, Southeastern U.S. regional director, FANUC.

SOUTH-TEC is free for students, educators and SME members. To register and find more information about SOUTH-TEC 2015, please visit http://www.southteconline.com/.


SOUTH-TEC, produced by SME, is a Southeast manufacturing trade event, held every other year, that provides regional manufacturers and suppliers the means to discover and acquire the tools and processes necessary to drive the next evolution of their industry. SOUTH-TEC is designed to advance manufacturing knowledge by keeping industry executives up to date on leading technologies and trends, while highlighting the strength of manufacturing throughout the region.

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