Breakdown of ProMat registrants’ plans and buying power event marks the 70th anniversary of industry

Event marks the 70th anniversary of industry association and event organizer MHI.

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ProMat 2015 attendees are registering in record numbers for the event to be held March 23-25 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

According to event organizer and industry association MHI, registered attendees answer a variety of questions indicating their industry, product interest, buying authority and spending plans. Below are some highlights from current ProMat attendee demographics.

● 50% are corporate or senior management
● 27% are middle management
● 88% have buying power
● 67% buy for distribution centers
● 56% buy for manufacturing facilities
● 54% buy for warehouses supporting manufacturing
● 38% plan on spending over $1 million over the next 18 months
● 83% are coming to see new products
● 58% are coming to network and learn.

ProMat attendees are looking for:
● Conveyor and sortation equipment (54%)
● Lift trucks (53%)
● Racks, shelving and storage equipment (52%)
● Automation equipment and systems (44%)
● Ergonomics and safety equipment (43%)
● Packaging and shipping shipping solutions (40%)

For more information and to register to attend ProMat 2015, visit

This year’s event comes as organizer MHI marks its 70th anniversary. The association’s involvement in to the supply chain, material handling and logistics industries began in 1943, and evolved from efforts to support American troops in World War II. But it was not until 1945 that it was incorporated as the not-for-profit Materials Handling Institute.

“I consider MHI to have been my godfather for more than 40 years, and a good godfather it has been,” said John Hill, director of St. Onge Company, current MHI Director at Large, and one of MHI’s longest serving leadership members. “The organization has shown it is willing to grow and change and expand to meet the interests of the members and the industry. MHI provides the infrastructure that enables good people to gather to get more done than they could accomplish independently.”

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