Manufacturing trade show postponed until 2021

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The 2020 Advanced Manufacturing Expo will take place the week of July 26, 2021. Courtesy Facebook.com

The Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME) shows in Grand Rapids and Detroit were postponed until July 2021.

Organizers for the AME trade show, which highlights advanced technology and products for manufacturers at shows in Grand Rapids and metro Detroit, announced they will postpone the 2020 events that were scheduled for the first week of August until the week of July 26, 2021.

The show draws more than 5,000 attendees and exhibitors each year.

“After careful deliberation with our staff, partners, exhibitors and experts, we made the difficult but appropriate decision to postpone the 2020 AME show,” said Mark Ermatinger, founder of AME and president of Zeeland-based Industrial Controls, a distributor of factory automation solutions.

“Although Michigan’s manufacturing sector is returning to work, and the situation appears to be improving pertaining to the COVID-19 (disease), there are still many valid concerns and challenges.

“We feel postponing is the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. However, based on our current information, we believe this is the right decision.”

Here are the highlights of the 2021 AME:

  • Shows will be in Novi at The Suburban Collection Showplace and in Grand Rapids at DeVos Place Convention Center.
  • 400-plus booths will cover nearly 160,000 square feet.
  • The three hall sponsors will return — Creston Industrial Sales (metalworking), Motion Industries (mechanical) and Industrial Controls (automation).
  • MMTC (Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center) will feature a forum highlighting the latest manufacturing IIoT 4.0 trends and the new digital age.
  • Six breakout rooms will feature a variety of vendors within manufacturing and machining trends.
  • Three massive CNC machines will run live demonstrations.
  • A special keynote speech and live demonstration of GRAVITY Industries (gravity.co) will take place.
  • The FIRST Robotic Invitational Competition in Grand Rapids and Novi will feature almost 50 competing teams.

The AME team notified current and past exhibitors with information regarding booth reservations and plans for 2021. AME also is exploring hosting a virtual trade show that will afford direct interaction with attendees and exhibitors online.

“We thank everyone who has helped the Advanced Manufacturing Expo continue to grow, and we look forward to bringing you the very best and largest Advanced Manufacturing Expo in 2021,” Ermatinger said.

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