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ProMat and Automate to co-locate in 2013

The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) and the Automation Technologies Council (ATC) announce that the Automate Show and Conference will once again co-locate with ProMat in 2013. Both exhibitions will be held January 21-24, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
November 09, 2011

The Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) and the Automation Technologies Council (ATC) announce that the Automate Show and Conference will once again co-locate with ProMat in 2013. Both exhibitions will be held January 21-24, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

ProMat is the premier material handling and logistics show held in North America. Automate 2013 is the premier event for robots, vision, motion control and related automation solutions in North America. The collocation of events is the latest effort by MHIA and ATC to help end users find solutions to their manufacturing and supply chain challenges.

“The decision to co-locate ProMat 2013 and Automate 2013 was an easy one after the successful collocation of these events in 2011,” says George Prest, Chief Operating Officer for MHIA. “The co-location of Automate with ProMat 2013 will allow manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals unparalleled education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to the largest equipment and technology display of any show of its kind in North America.”

“We had such terrific feedback from attendees and exhibitors in 2011 that it made perfect sense to build upon and expand our collocation in 2013,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of ATC. “We’re looking forward to an outstanding Automate event that educates current and potential users on how automation solutions can help them improve productivity, boost product quality, speed time to market, reduce costs and become stronger global competitors.”

The co-located ProMat 2013 and Automate 2013 will be the largest international event and conference of its kind ever held in the U.S. Over 825 exhibitors are expected to showcase their solutions to some 30,000 professionals from over 100 countries in industries such as warehousing/distribution, automotive, alternative energy, consumer goods, defense, food and beverage, electronics, lab automation, medical, pharmaceutical, plastics, printing, security, semiconductors and more.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling and logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling and logistics industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific Industry Groups. The association sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2013 and MODEX 2012 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.

ATC is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Automated Imaging Association (AIA), and Motion Control Association (MCA).?? RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent some 625 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world. Automate was formerly The International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and dates back to 1977 when it began as the ROBOTS show. It is held every two years and showcases solutions for companies looking to use automation in order to be stronger global competitors.

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