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Early Indicators Suggest Growth for Upcoming METALFORM Tradeshows

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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CLEVELAND, OH—July 30, 2009—To provide greater service to attendees and exhibitors, the Precision Metalforming Association's (PMA) METALFORM tradeshow joined together with related industry tradeshows to hold combined events in the United States and Mexico.
Registration opened a little more than 10 weeks ago for the first joint Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM, scheduled for November 15-18, 2009, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. At 18 weeks before the opening ceremony, pre-registration is already at 4,185 attendees, 27 percent higher than at the same time in 2007—the last time the show was held in Chicago (without METALFORM).
Of the 4,185 attendees, 25 percent have expressed an interest in stamping technologies, while 34 percent are interested in tooling. With overall attendance forecast at 30,000, these percentages should produce a record number of core METALFORM technology attendees.
PMA's METALFORM Mexico tradeshow also continues its strategy to co-locate with the AWS Weldmex, Fabtech Mexico and COATech shows as they travel to Mexico City, May 11-13, 2010. After a successful launch in Monterrey, June 2-4, 2009, the four shows, collectively becoming known as Mexico's "Mega Show," anticipate more than 7,000 attendees and a combined square footage of 55,000 in 2010. The 2010 METALFORM Mexico show will occupy 16,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a planned 15 percent increase from the 2008 Mexico City show with an additional 4,000 sq. ft. reserved for growth. Already more than 60 percent of the METALFORM Mexico City floor plan is occupied.
"Since its inception in 2004, METALFORM in Mexico City has experienced significant growth," says PMA Marketing Manager Randy Kish. "In the three shows that we've produced in Mexico City, METALFORM has averaged 34.5 percent growth in total square footage, 17 percent growth in attendance and 22 percent growth in exhibiting companies. These are tremendous achievements—and we were doing it as a standalone show. With the strategy to co-locate and continue to evolve to meet industry expectations, we are confident that this positive trend will continue and are planning accordingly."
METALFORM is sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), the full-service trade association representing the $91-billion metalforming industry of North America—the industry that creates precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming and roll forming technologies, and other value-added processes. More information about METALFORM is available at