||Rosemont, IL — After a successful launch event in 2013, plans for The ASSEMBLY Show in 2014, the only event that focuses specifically on assembly technology, equipment, and products, are well underway. The trade show is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28 through Thursday, October 30, 2014 at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and will present an expansive exhibit floor, timely education sessions, and several networking events.
Targeted Audience. The ASSEMBLY Show attracts manufacturing executives, buyers and users from many industries including automotive, aerospace, appliance, electronics, and medical representing over 1,100 companies. In 2013 attendees represented 3M, Bridgestone Co, Inc., Caterpillar, GE Healthcare, General Motors, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Motorola Solutions, Phillips Healthcare, Xerox Corporation and hundreds of others.
Expansive Exhibit Hall. The ASSEMBLY Show offers attendees the opportunity to see new products, meet with vendors/suppliers, and get hands-on with large exhibits and working equipment. Returning charter exhibitors include Ingersoll Rand, ATI Industrial Automation, Epson Robots, Nordson EFD, Desoutter Industrial Tools and other leading companies. The event kicks off with an opening night reception on Tuesday, October 28th on the show floor featuring the popular Taste of Rosemont.
Current Educational Session. A High-Profile Keynote will kick off the event on Wednesday, October 29. Showcase Theater education sessions will be located on the show floor presented by knowledgeable presenters from high-profile companies and industry associations.
Two standout keynote speakers scheduled are author and consultant Timothy J. Hutzel, president, Tim Hutzel Advisory Board Services and Manufacturing Executive David Lippert, president, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co. Messrs. Hutzel and Lippert will discuss "Bringing Jobs Back to the USA: Rebuilding America's Manufacturing Through Reshoring" during the keynote which will take place on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Hutzel and Lippert are known to say that American companies can survive and prosper while keeping their manufacturing base within the United States. In this must-see presentation, these two leading industry experts will provide a powerful one-two punch to debunk the myth that U.S. manufacturers cannot compete with cheap labor countries. A retired manufacturing executive from GE Aircraft and Union City Body Co., Hutzel explains why U.S. companies sent their jobs overseas, and he details the negative impacts this had on their products, employees, suppliers, and, indeed, the American way of life. More importantly, attendees will learn how Hamilton Caster and other companies are thriving by manufacturing within the United States, and find out how they put themselves in position to compete.
In addition to this dynamic keynote presentation, the exhibit hall will once again contain over 150 exhibiting companies, including many of the Charter exhibitors who helped to launch the event last year. Charter exhibitors include Gold Sponsor Ingersoll Rand, ixmation North America, SCHUNK, Bosch Rexroth Corp., ASG, Div of Jergens, Inc., and others.
The keynote presenters and charter exhibitors will see a highly qualified audience of industry executives. Post-event research indicated that the expo delivered a very high quality audience of buyers who were looking for primary end products and services in automotive, aerospace, appliance, electronics and medical industries.
According to market research firm IHS, vehicle production in North America set a 13-year high in 2013. North American automakers produced over 16 million cars and trucks in 2013, up 4.5 percent from 2012 and nearly double 2009, when the market was deep in the recession. The U.S. market is expected to rise by at least another 4 percent in 2014 and to peak at nearly 17 million units in 2017 before leveling off. Worldwide, automotive OEMs are expected to sell 85 million vehicles in 2014, up from an estimated 82 million in 2013. By 2018, sales are forecast to break 100 million units.
Automakers are responding to the increased demand by pouring money into assembly operations. In December, GM announced plans to invest $1.3 billion in five manufacturing sites in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. This investment will be used to produce new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, enhance vehicle quality and streamline logistics. The company expects this latest investment to create or retain about 1,000 jobs. Not to be outdone, Ford plans to launch 23 new vehicles globally next year. It also expects to open three new assembly plants and increase its U.S. workforce by more than 5,000 people.
Automotive industry suppliers are also investing in assembly operations. In just the past six months:
- Taesung Alabama broke ground on a $6.6 million assembly plant in Shorter, Alabama.
- Grupo Antolin is spending more than $15.7 million to build an assembly plant Kansas City, Missouri.
- Toyota Boshoku is investing $21 million and adding 180 jobs at its assembly plant in Mantachie, Mississippi.
- Borg Warner is investing $24.6 million to expand its assembly plant in Seneca, South Carolina.
- Inergy Automotive Systems has opened a new $110 million assembly plant in New Boston, Michigan, creating 400 new jobs.
- DENSO Corp. will open a new $2.2 million assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama, that will employ 45 workers.
- Coram USA will invest $1.1 million to expand its assembly plant Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating 35 jobs.
- Feuer Powertrain has begun building a $140 million assembly plant in Tunica, Mississippi, with plans to create 300 new jobs.
- Hino Manufacturing will invest more than $55 million to expand its assembly plant in Marion, Arkansas, adding 200 new jobs.
- Delphi Automotive is investing $15 million to upgrade its assembly plant in Brookhaven, Mississippi.
- GKN Driveline will spend at least $113.8 million to expand its assembly plant in Maiden, North Carolina, adding 228 jobs within four years.
- Automotive exhaust and HVAC supplier Eberspaecher North America Inc. is investing $122 million to expand operations in Michigan.
The ASSEMBLY Show exhibitors will offer the latest advances in robotics, screwdriving, adhesives, dispensing, plastics assembly, presses, conveyors, fasteners, workstations, welding, vision systems and more. The three-day event is free to attend and offers an expansive exhibit hall with interactive exhibitor booths showcasing new technologies; showcase theater presentations by subject matter experts; and networking opportunities with peers and solution providers at the Taste of Rosemont Welcome Reception.