About the Show
North America's largest metal forming and fabricating event debuted in Cleveland, Ohio in 1981. Over time, to meet industry demand and with the support of satisfied exhibitors and show visitors, FABTECH expanded to include the AWS Welding Show in 2005 and the METALFORM trade show in 2008. In 2009, the Chemical Coaters Association, International joined to sponsor the Finishing Pavilion and Conference. Since its beginning, FABTECH has grown from a regional trade show serving a few hundred attending companies, to North America’s most authoritative event for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing.
FABTECH serves the smallest job shops looking for a competitive edge to the largest Fortune 500 manufacturer seeking innovative solutions to complex problems. High-level company executives, manufacturing, and engineering professionals and business owners from major industries, including aerospace, agriculture, appliance, automotive OEMs and their suppliers, construction, heavy equipment, military and defense, mining and utilities, recreational equipment, and non-automotive transportation, attend FABTECH to discover new technologies and source products to improve their business. Cutting-edge educational sessions, informative keynote speeches, and other special events keep show visitors returning to FABTECH every year.
This year's event will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The upcoming event is expected to cover more than 750,000 net square feet and anticipates over 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies. FABTECH provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ venue where you can meet with world-class suppliers, see the latest industry products and developments, and find the tools to improve productivity, increase profits, and discover new solutions to all of your metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing needs.