The most important manufacturing trade shows in 2019

With 2018 safely out of the way, it’s time to start planning your calendar for the new year. 2019 promises several features that will get manufacturers excited. For example, new trends like augmented reality and blockchain are set to make a stunning debut in the industry.

Also, environmentally and ethically conscious manufacturing is predicted to grow this year, which means you may have to rethink some of your processes.

Let’s not forget about trade shows. These industry-wide events offer many advantages for manufacturers: networking opportunities, insights into new technologies, and exposure to media and publicity.

And let’s not forget about trade shows. These industry-wide events offer many advantages for manufacturers: networking opportunities, insights into new technologies, and exposure to media and publicity.

From food production to machinery and everything in between, manufacturing is a broad industry, which makes it impossible to list all trade shows in all manufacturing segments. Here’s a sample of the most interesting 2019 manufacturing trade shows in the US.

Medical Design & Manufacturing West

February 5-7, Anaheim, CA

MD&M West is the largest medical device technology trade show. With over 19,000 attendees and 1,900 exhibitors, MD&M West is an essential opportunity to keep up with evolving technology and meet potential new business partners in the industry.

A conference accompanies the trade show featuring more than 50 expert speakers in every segment of medical device technology, including new materials, development, design, testing, and quality.

International Production & Processing Expo

February 12-14, Atlanta, GA

IPPE is the largest annual poultry, meat, and feed trade show in the world. Professionals from all over the globe flock to this event to learn about the latest developments in technology, packaging, and any other issues facing this segment of the manufacturing industry.

With over 1,300 exhibitors and visitors from more than 120 countries, IPPE is the go-to event for professionals in the industry. In addition to regular events, IPPE provides a career fair for vets, PhD researchers, and college students.

National Hardware Show

May 7-9, Las Vegas, NV

Held annually in Las Vegas, the NHS has over 70 years of experience in the home improvement and hardware segment of manufacturing. With more than 1,300 exhibitors, the NHS provides ample opportunities for networking.

Hardware stores, big box retail buyers, builders, contractors, and remodelers visit the show to learn about new products, find new business partners, and hear the latest news from industry experts.

Various industry-wide recognized award ceremonies take place during the event, like the American Manufacturing Awards and the Homewares Awards.

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Society for the Advancement of Material & Process Engineering Expo

May 20-23, Charlotte, NC

Organized by the Society, the SAMPE trade show and conference is an event that attracts professionals from all segments of the advanced material and processing industry.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019, SAMPE will place a special emphasis on the textile and reinforcement technology in Charlotte, as well as other southeastern core business capabilities. For example, as the home of NASCAR, the region boasts a high interest in advanced automotive material production and processes.

The conference features speakers with valuable expertise in engineering, product management, as well as sales and marketing.

Institute of Food Technologists Expo

June 2-5, New Orleans, LA

The annual event of the Institute, the IFT19 bears the tagline “Feed your future.” Frequented by over 19,000 attendees, the event is the largest trade show that brings together professionals in food science and technology, including ingredients, equipment, processing, and packaging.

The show hosts various side events, like a competition for graduate research students, more than 100 sessions on food science, and several social gatherings for networking.

Pack Expo

September 23-25, Las Vegas, NV

Pack Expo, the largest and most comprehensive 2019 event of the industry, draws packaging and processing professionals from all over the world. Over 2,000 exhibitors display their solutions to issues faced by the packaging industry. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the latest technological developments and widen your network.

The show features an Innovation Stage, where presentees have 30 minutes to showcase their innovative solutions, as well as a Learning Center aimed at increasing supply chain sustainability.


November 11-14, Chicago, IL

The main focus of FABTECH is metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing. The event brings together over 1,900 exhibitors and 48,000 attendees.

In addition to the actual expo, participants will have the chance to attend educational sessions and presentations about the latest technological developments and best practices in the world of metal.


Trade shows are very useful for businesses that want to widen their scope of knowledge, meet potential business partners, and talk to people who share their professional passion.

Attending a trade show will help you grow your network and gain ideas to further develop your business.



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