Manufacturing trade shows are ideal locations for meeting industry experts, enthusiasts, and potential customers. If you’re looking for new trade shows to attend in 2020, we’ve put together a list of 10 of the best manufacturing trade shows taking place this year. Read on to learn more.


April 20-23, 2020: Anaheim, CA

RAPID + TCT is the biggest and most significant additive manufacturing event in North America. It features several hands-on exhibits, noteworthy product launches, and talks from some of the brightest minds in the industry. 

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

November 18-20, 2020: Napa, CA

AEM is an annual conference focused on connected manufacturing technologies and how to leverage them in your factory floors. Last year, this conference was held in Florida, but you can catch it in California this year.

International Conference of Manufacturing Technology (ICMT)

January 17-20, 2020: Seattle, WA

The goal of the ICMT 2020 conference is to showcase the latest manufacturing technology research. This conference gives you the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with other industry leaders. It’s also an excellent opportunity to build business relations and find global partners for your future projects.

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

February 23-25, 2020: Phoenix, Arizona

The ASQ Lean and Six Sigma conference covers all the different ways in which professionals can lead and help their companies achieve business process optimization through insightful, high-level idea-sharing.

Manufacturing Matters

February 26-27, 2020: Milwaukee, WI

The 2020 Manufacturing Matters conference held in Milwaukee, WI, is for manufacturers who want to expand their innovative capabilities and grow to achieve operational success. The conference covers six main topics: strategic growth, improving productivity, improving business performance, workforce excellence, leading for success, and Industry 4.0.

MODEX 2020

March 9-12, 2020: Atlanta, GA

As one of the fast-growing manufacturing trade shows, MODEX 2020 is the place you want to be if you’re interested in learning about key industry trends and innovations from the key industry experts. The conference features over 100 free education sessions and four keynotes.

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)

March 22-26, 2020: Chicago, IL

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) covers all aspects of additive manufacturing technology. It brings together engineers, designers, and managers from around the world to share the latest developments in additive manufacturing.

American Manufacturing Summit

March 24-25, 2020: Chicago, IL

This leadership-focused manufacturing trade show is designed to improve operations on the plant floor using lean manufacturing, process improvement, workforce management, and automation. Speakers at this event come from various companies, including Nestle, Caterpillar, Inc., Kroger, Fender, GE, and LEGO.

North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit

April 7-8, 2020: Chicago, IL

North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit covers topics related to building competitive advantage, lean, OPEX, and CI programs, leadership as the engine of change, leveraging new technologies, supply chain strategies, and workforce development. Speakers come from leadership positions within Google, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, and Johnson & Johnson.

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M)

April 26-29, 2020: Miami, Florida

The Food Automation and Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is specifically for food and beverage processors and suppliers. It’s a place where attendees can share valuable insight into the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability, and food safety. 

So there you have it, a list of the top 10 manufacturing trade shows you should visit this year! Which one are you most excited to attend?

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