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Manufacturing on the Frontline
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM.


If you’re planning to attend FABTECH 2011 in Chicago, Nov. 14-17, here’s a free, open session you’ll want to set a reminder for in your schedule. A panel of leading industry executives will discuss the current state of manufacturing, its role in economic recovery and how this affects you. Attendees will be able to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the opportunities, challenges and emerging trends that face the industry.


Titled, “State of the Industry: Executive Outlook,” the industry panel is scheduled for the first day of FABTECH, Monday, Nov. 14 from 12:30 pm -1:30 pm in the FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse.


Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), will lead the panel in discussion. Featured speakers include Tim McCaughey, president and CEO, Schuler; Rolf Biekert, president and CEO, TRUMPF; John M. Stropki, president and CEO, Lincoln Electric; and David Lazzeri, president, DuPont Powder Coatings America.


“Almost nothing is the same as it was 10 years ago,” said Kuehl. “Old manufacturing techniques have been replaced by technology and automation; products have become more sophisticated as the technology advanced. The question is, have we learned from the past, and what can we expect, going forward?”


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