The 6th Annual ASSEMBLY Show Concludes With Growth In All Areas

November 1, 2018

For another year in a row, the ASSEMBLY Show wrapped up its annual Conference and Expo boasting upticks in attendance, exhibiting companies and expo space.

Held Oct. 23-25 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill, the 6thedition of the show for assembly technology, equipment and products attracted nearly 9,000 registered manufacturing professionals and 318 exhibiting companies – participation increases of 12 and 15 percent, respectively, compared to 2017. 

Besides its popular education program, the ASSEMBLY Show boasted the largest exhibit hall in its history at 88,000 net square feet, a bustling showfloor that featured hundreds of new products and several networking events focused on the future of manufacturing, according to Show officials.

In 2017, the event drew in nearly 8,000 attendees and 295 exhibiting companies spanning 76,800 sq. ft. of expo space.

“We thank our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, advisory board, media partners and supporting organizations who helped to make the 6thAnnual ASSEMBLY Show a huge success,” said Tom Esposito, publisher of ASSEMBLY Magazine, which sponsors the event and is owned by BNP Media, producers of the ASSEMBLY Show.

He continued, “We received such positive feedback on the quality of the audience, the content in the education sessions and the top-level thought leaders from across the industry who all shared important insight and ideas on continuing to move the industry forward.”  

More than 75 percent of the 2018 Show’s exhibitors renewed booth space onsite for the 2019 Show, he added. 

Other event highlights included:

  • More than 400 people attended the two pre-show workshops on “Automated Assembly Systems” and “Robotic Assembly,” during which Learning Theater Presentations offered a unique opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their company’s expertise in areas related to the latest technological advances in assembly. 
  • Eric Pope, Vice President of Operations for US Synthetic Corp. talked about Culture by Design during The ASSEMBLY Show keynote address. 
  • Preceding the keynote, the Presentation of the Plant of the Year Award was presented to Ford Motor Co.’s Van Dyke facility in Sterling Heights, Mich.
  • Cincinnati Test Systems won 1stPlace in the New Product Awards for its QualityWorX CTS DataHub a system that collects leak testing data. Second place was presented to DEPRAG for their Adaptive DFS, an automated system which installs flow-drill screws and 3rdplace to Nordson EFD for their Film-Pak, a collapsible adhesive cartridge that reduces waste. The 12 products were chosen by the editors of ASSEMBLY magazine and voted on by ASSEMBLY Show attendees.
  • High school students from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Illinois Robotics programs demonstrated the robots they built using technology applicable for assembly manufacturing.
  • Editors from ASSEMBLY Magazine led four Guided Tours for dozens of attendees that were focused on Adhesives, Conveyors, Robotics and Fastening Tools.
  • Video segments about sessions, exclusive interviews, workshops and daily highlights were made available on TAS TV.

The 2019 ASSEMBLY Show will return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Oct. 22-24. 


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