New Opening Keynote Format Set for FABTECH 2017: TED-Style Talks to Motivate, Inspire Attendees

  • FABx Tech Talks feature messages about transformation, growth and the future of manufacturing

CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2017 – FABTECH 2017, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, is embracing the wildly popular TED Talks concept with the addition of short inspirational talks given by industry visionaries on their experiences and thoughts for how innovation is driving manufacturing forward.

The presentations, dubbed “FABx Tech Talks,” will provide FABTECH attendees with a glimpse into manufacturing’s future, including what tomorrow’s jobs will look like and what companies must do to remain competitive.

The FABx Tech Talks will be the opening keynote presentation on Nov. 6, the first morning of FABTECH, which takes place Nov. 6-9, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

FABx Tech Talks participants include:

  • Adam Genei, Founder of Mobsteel
  • Jesse James, Founder of West Coast Choppers
  • Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director at GE Ventures
  • Albert Paley, World-Renowned Sculpture Artist at Paley Studios
  • Jacques Panis, President of Shinola
  • Michael Walton, Industry Solution Executive (Manufacturing Industry) at Microsoft

“We are very excited to have these top innovators provide their expert insight via this new and engaging forum for the opening keynote,” said John Catalano, FABTECH show co-manager and SME Senior Director. “The FABx talks add a motivational element to our already impressive presentation lineup, and introduce emerging topics and trends that are central themes throughout FABTECH, from the show floor to the education program.”

All FABx speakers will inspire attendees with a short 12-minute talk.

Jesse James and Albert Paley will take the stage first to discuss their very unique collaboration using metal art to bring to life the importance of metalworking technology. Michael Walton, Karen Kerr and Jacques Panis will each offer their own personal stories on the evolution taking place in manufacturing and what the future holds. Adam Genei will conclude by sharing his passion for manufacturing and the value of making things with your hands. Adam’s formula for success is simple: hard work.

To learn more about the FABx Tech Talks on Nov. 6, and to register for FABTECH 2017, please visit:

FABTECH is North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. The event provides a powerfully aligned hands-on, face-to-face business growth experience, attracting more than 1,700 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees. The event is made possible by its five co-sponsors, all of whom represent the varied and diverse makeup of the manufacturing industry. They include the American Welding Society, the Chemical Coaters Association International, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, the Precision Metalforming Association and SME. Read more about FABTECH’s co-sponsors here.

Source: Fabtech



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