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

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

About SOUTH-TEC
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/.

About SOUTH-TEC

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.

Press Contact:
Katelyn Crain
248-554-3512
Kcrain@eisbrenner.com

 

 

Sending our Sympathy to those affected by the flooding in SC

SME and SOUTH-TEC sends sympathy to those affected by the devastating rain and flooding in South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, and along the eastern seaboard. Those who are unable to volunteer on the ground, but would like to provide assistance helping those in need from this storm, can make a contribution to the American Red Cross 2015 Fall Floods relief online. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

SOUTH-TEC Readies Southeast Manufacturers for Continued Growth

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 30, 2015 – The success of the Southeast region in attracting manufacturers across growth industries through a business-friendly environment, strong infrastructure and skilled labor force is well-documented. But as competition from companies and regions around the world gets fierce, what steps can manufacturers in the Southeast region take to sustain their growth and success?

The upcoming SOUTH-TEC manufacturing event will address trends and issues important to forward-thinking companies in this region as they work to improve their production processes, technologies and capabilities. SOUTH-TEC, hosting more than 400 industry-leading exhibitors, will take place October 27-29, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Southeast region has seen significant year-over-year growth, becoming a strong manufacturing hub thanks to its highly-skilled workforce, moderate cost of living, plentiful land and pro-business laws. The area’s transportation infrastructure of modern ports, railroads, airports, waterways, interstates and highways make it ideal for manufacturers, linking them to more than 170 million U.S. and Canadian consumers, as well as global markets.

With infrastructure in place, manufacturing companies in the region are looking for ways to maintain a competitive advantage through utilization of new technology and processes. At SOUTH-TEC, manufacturers and suppliers will discover and acquire the tools and techniques necessary to drive growth, profitability and productivity improvements necessary for competing in the global economy.

“As the premier manufacturing industry showcase in the Southeast for innovation, knowledge and relationships, SOUTH-TEC addresses important and timely issues on the minds of leaders across industries,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC event manager at SME. “The event will be lively and exciting, bringing together hundreds of the region’s top companies in aerospace, automotive, commercial vehicles, energy and beyond to immerse themselves in all the newest and future happenings in manufacturing.”

Addressing Current and Future Needs in Manufacturing

SOUTH-TEC has assembled a dynamic agenda of activities and opportunities focused on helping companies and individuals improve their manufacturing capabilities. Highlights of the event include:

  • Educational sessions and workshops: Comprehensive workshops will explore how Design to Cost and Design for Manufacturability (DFM) can improve profit margins, quality, cost and speed to market. These sessions are included as part of the event registration and will provide action steps for each phase of development: concept design, assembly design, part design, supply chain design and process design.
  • Presentations: Keynote addresses by Wells Fargo, FANUC, Mastercam and Stratasys will center on factors driving the reshoring trend; making robotic automation more accessible; leveraging the Internet of Things to achieve greater productivity; advances in robotic vision; breakthroughs in manufacturing education; additive manufacturing and 3D printing applications and their impact on education; and the global economic developments and how they impact the nation and the Southeast in particular.
  • Product launches and exhibits: Industry-leading exhibitors plan to unveil more than 100 exciting new products during the three-day show.
  • Bright Minds Program: Attendees can have some fun in the Bright Minds Manufacturing Playground on the event floor, where they will learn and observe how additive and subtractive technologies can be used collaboratively to create innovative products. The Bright Minds program reinforces the value of manufacturing education, providing hands-on learning experiences for students with support from educators and industry representatives. At SOUTH-TEC, three presentations on Thursday, Oct. 29, will focus on workforce development: Cultivating Growth in Manufacturing; Additive Manufacturing – Building Careers of the Future; and Manufacturing – Build Your Future.

“Education drives growth. It’s that simple,” said Brian Summers, vice president of CNC Software and keynote speaker during Bright Minds at SOUTH-TEC. “We need to raise awareness about the manufacturing industry, tools and opportunities, that’s why we put so much effort into educating the next generation.”

SOUTH-TEC will host more than 400 exhibitors that will showcase new technology and launch new products. With numerous keynote presentations and panel discussions from companies such as FANUC, Georgia Power, Mastercam, Stratasys, among others, attendees will hear from industry leaders about the latest trends, industry expectations and the future outlook.

To register to attend and find more information about SOUTH-TEC 2015, please visit http://www.southteconline.com/.

 

About SOUTH-TEC

SOUTH-TEC 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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