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Manufacturing "experience" adds workforce session.

Organizers of imX, the "Interactive Manufacturing Experience" scheduled to run Sept. 12-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, continue to stress how the event will be unlike any manufacturing trade show seen in the U.S. Its executive committee underlined the notion with the recent announcement of an addition to the agenda: Workforce 2021, focusing on developing employees.

"If companies don't address this shortage of qualified labor now," says Jeannine Kunz, SME's director of professional development, "hundreds of thousands of jobs will go unfilled by 2021, jeopardizing our workers', our companies' and our nation's future." The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn. are prime sponsors of the inaugural imX, and eight prominent machine-tool manufacturers collaborated in launching the event.

The workforce session ought to fit in easily into the scope of the show/convention. The "workforce experience" area will be presented on the convention center's floor, along with other "eXperience zones," "learning labs," and "knowledge bars." From the start, the was conceived as a combination trade show and open house and association meeting, and as such it's a "by invitation" event, that is, prospective visitors are asked to register beforehand. An interesting feature is the extensive use of the Internet (at for scheduling meetings and visits to the on-floor sites of more than 160 exhibitors.

Amer Machine Tool Distributors' Assn., Rockville, Md 301-738-1200

Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Dearborn, Mich 313-271-1500
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Publication:Metalworking Insiders' Report
Date:Jul 15, 2011
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