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FABTECH 2012 to Feature Manufacturing CEO Panel

Inudstry experts to offer their respective forecasts and predictions for the coming year.

A distinguised group of CEOs will be featured at a roundtable discussion on the first day of the FABTECH exposition, which is set for Nov. 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These manufacturing executives remain optimistic that the growth experienced since 2010 will continue for a third year in a row.

The CEOs on the panel include: Jerry Ward, vice president of Metcam, Inc.; Rick Taylor, president and CEO of Jay Industries; Gregg Simpson, president of Ohio Laser; Shivie Dhillon, president of SunDial Powder Coatings, and Patrick Thompson, president of Trans-Matic Manufacturing. The roundtable, titled "State of the Industry: Manufacturers’ Executive Outlook," will take place the first day of the show at 12:30 p.m. Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, will moderate the panel. The session is free and open to all attendees.

Each CEO participating in the roundtable represents a business that specializes in a different technology and serves a different customer base. According to show organizers, this will ensure a variety of opinions during the roundtable discussion. The panel members will discuss and debate several factors that impact business for manufacturers, including: energy costs, raw materials, regulations, areas of growth and decline, exports, uncertainty, skilled-labor issues and capital investments.

In pre-show interviews, some CEOs agreed that materials supply will continue to be unpredictable, making it challenging to plan. For others, energy costs are a greater concern. However, despite this uncertainty, the CEOs all agreed that their companies expect to continue the growth that they have experienced in the last two years. Some of the CEOs predicted increases of 20% or more, while others are expecting slow, but steady growth in the coming year or two.

“The CEO roundtable will have something for everyone--whether you’re in the metal forming, fabricating, welding or finishing industries, or involved in some other sector of manufacturing,” said John Catalano, FABTECH co-manager. “These CEOs are all distinguished leaders and bring varied perspectives on manufacturing. This makes the roundtable a ‘can’t-miss’ event at FABTECH.”

FABTECH 2012 is expected to attract more than 25,000 manufacturing professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center to view 1,100 exhibits, including live equipment demonstrations covering more than 400,000 net square feet of floor space. Simultaneously, the education program features technical, operational, economic, and managerial sessions where participants will discover solutions to advance their career and their businesses.

ABOUT FABTECH
FABTECH is co-sponsored by five industry-leading associations: the American Welding Society (AWS), the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and the Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI).Complete event information, including a schedule of educational sessions, pricing information and registration, is available on the FABTECH 2012 website.

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