National Manufacturing Week 2006 Heralds Success

Manufacturing exhibitors and attendees alike are toasting the success of the 2006 National Manufacturing Week

ROSEMONT, IL (March 28, 2006) – Manufacturing exhibitors and attendees alike are toasting the success of the 2006 National Manufacturing Week? and Conference, the manufacturing industry’s key event to gain the knowledge, contacts, technology, products and services needed to innovate, grow business and compete globally.

At this year’s show, nearly 1,000 suppliers highlighted hundreds of new products ranging from new software and systems to rugged personal computers, motors and components.

A third-party audit of show attendance is still being conducted and final numbers will be released upon its completion.

Keynote speakers and top global business leaders impressed and engaged attendee audiences with insight on all aspects of manufacturing from process innovation and cost reduction to competing in a global market and doing business in China:

* U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez spoke on the strength of U.S. economic leadership, innovation and the need to support students entering the fields of science, math and engineering to maintain U.S. leadership.

* Colin Wu, president of China Business Sources, opened the keynotes with his perspective on Chinese competitiveness.

* Former Health and Human Services Secretary, four term Governor of Wisconsin and chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions Tommy Thompson, together with Doug Engel, vice chairman and U.S. manufacturing industry leader for Deloitte and Touche USA spoke on structural costs and competitive edge.

* Schneider Electric’s Mary Frances Cox, senior vice president of operations, shared her insight on reductions in the manufacturing cost base.

* Mike Santori, fellow at National Instruments, spoke on automation and competing in a global economy.

* Caterpillar chairman and CEO Jim Owens shared insight on manufacturing leadership in the global marketplace.

* HP’s Gilles Bouchard, executive vice president of global operations, spoke on managing multiple routes to market on a global scale.

* Jack Perkowski, chairman and CEO of ASIMCO Technologies, and featured in The New York Times best-seller, “The World is Flat,” closed the keynotes by sharing his experience founding and building the most successful Western-owned manufacturing company based in China.

“National Manufacturing Week 2006 far exceeded our expectations, and more importantly, it exceeded the expectations of our participants,” said Kel Marsden-Kish, industry vice president, National Manufacturing Week. “We had nearly 300 business and trade media, strong attendance from the manufacturing buyers and great feedback from the exhibitors. They were very positive about the new location, including the convenience for travel and the ease and cost effectiveness of exhibiting at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (Chicago) IL.

As part of the event, four focused, inter-related shows were held. These included: The 56th National Design Engineering Show; The National Industrial Automation Show and Conference; The National Enterprise IT Show and Conference and The 58th National Plant Engineering and Maintenance Show and Conference.

Manufacturers, buyers and Conference attendees and speakers gave the National Manufacturing Week strong support for the show’s organized operations, new location, strong media coverage and excellent attendance.

“Traffic is up significantly from last year, which is great. It has been a lot better show for us this year,” said Mike Niemela, marketing manager at Bison Gear & Engineering. “We’ve been bombarded by media, lots of interest from magazines especially in our new AC Motor line. We’ve gotten good leads and good exposure. And we think Rosemont is definitely easier for everyone to get to.”

“The show has been very good for us! We’ve had steady traffic, our presentations were always full, and we had lots of interest,” said Rainer Gawlick, VP of Worldwide Marketing at Solidworks. “We’ve met lots of new customers – it definitely exceeded our expectations. It’s also been great to see existing users of our products.”

“It is our best show for number and quality of leads,” said Rick Orsini, marketing manager for Lapp USA. “We’ve met a lot of new customers and been able to spend time with old customers as well. The traffic has been good and steady and we’ve met plenty of media. Rosemont is great – the set-up is easier, the people were great to work with and the accommodations are excellent. And it is much more convenient for travel.”

“This has been a great opportunity for us to reach a broader audience than we normally do. We’ve got new products targeting a new audience for us and the show has been terrific,” noted Elizabeth Goldman, marketing manager at InfinityQS. “Our new eSPC product was launched at the show and we’ve had great traffic and strong interest – our booth presentation allowed us to really show what the product can do. We’ve generated over 200 leads and had good media interest. The show is also great for networking with value-added resources and potential partners. It’s been a fantastic opportunity.”

“We will definitely come back next year – we had good traffic, met new customers. We had tons of media and First Business Morning News filmed a segment in our booth – that was a great surprise,” said Doug Robbins, marketing at Panasonic. “We like Rosemont much better – it’s much easier to set-up and certainly easier to get to in the morning, and the accommodations are very cost-effective.”

“We’re pleasantly surprised—there has been no drop-off in traffic and we’ve actually generated more leads than last year. It is a very friendly atmosphere, the opening night for exhibitors was incredible – just great,” said Bruce Ulissi, Account Executive at DuPont. “Traffic has been as good or better in three days than in four or five days before. It’s more affordable, easier to get to and easier to get in and out. We enjoyed ourselves and have already signed up for next year.”

“This is the first show we’ve done and it really helps being in front of customers face-to-face,” said Vincent Walch, CEO of Power Gleaner. “Leads have been phenomenal! We know we’ll bring in a few million in sales and anticipate more. We took advantage of the plasma screens and big red balloon to promote our new energy saving product.”

Photography and Select Keynote Comments Available

High-resolution photographs of the 2006 event, including show floors, keynote speakers and Conference sessions are available on line at Additional information including copies of select keynote remarks are available at

National Manufacturing Week is the only event for engineering teams and executives responsible for design to manufacturing process to finished goods. Tens of thousands from the U.S. manufacturing community, especially small to mid-size manufacturers, come together for in-depth education and exhibits spanning the broad spectrum of enabling technologies, systems, products and solutions necessary to grow and compete in the global economy.

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