The International Fastener Machinery & Suppliers’ Association (IFMSA) announced that it is launching what it noted will be the only U.S. event with an exclusive focus on the manufacture of fasteners and precision-formed parts.
A press release said that the new event, called the International Fastener Manufacturing Exposition (IFME), will take place May 14-16, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The three-day event will be co-located with WAI’s biennial Interwire event.
“Although IFME is a new launch, we have been organizing successful exhibitions concentrating on the machinery aspect of the fastener industry for over 35 years,” said IFMSA Executive Director Ray Zirkle. “The name of this new event reflects our focus on and dedication to providing the machinery manufacturers a much higher profile than may be available elsewhere.”
With an unparalleled manufacturing renaissance and resurgence taking place across the U.S., domestic demand for fasteners and precision-formed parts is expected to increase dramatically, the IFMSA release said. As such, there is a need for a dedicated event for key suppliers of machinery, materials, tooling, controls, systems, and supplies to display and demonstrate their products, equipment and services to an active, buying audience of manufacturers.
Zirkle said that the decision to co-locate IFME with Interwire in Atlanta was based in large part on previous successful co-locations and the synergy between the fastener and wire industries.
One IFME exhibitor agreed. “The reunion of IFME with Interwire in Atlanta is an exciting development,” said Reed Machinery President Jim Flanagan. “The show will provide a needed and focused event for meeting with U.S. manufacturers of fasteners and precision formed parts.