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Manufacturing Trade Shows To Attend in 2024

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Trade shows to attend in 2024


Trade shows and live events are tremendous opportunities for marketers to learn more about industry providers. Not only are key personnel from large enterprises presenting, but you can actually see the products and services different companies offer firsthand. For marketing and sales professionals, this level of immersion allows you to speak with authority when working with these companies.

Related: Top 5 Reasons for Attending a Trade Show

Trade shows are also perhaps the most effective way for marketers to get their foot in the door with industry representatives. Since trade shows are usually attended by a majority, if not all, of a company's senior and C-level staff, finding the right people is quite literally a walk in the park (or in this case, a walk on the showroom floor).

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It's not a one-sided relationship, either. There's a reason company executives and senior officers attend trade shows so regularly. Brands need to get their products or services in front of marketers to succeed. For brands that make a standout appearance at a trade show, the return on investment in contacts made and contracts negotiated is sizable. The fact that both marketers and businesses are so invested in the success of their trade show appearances makes these shows the go-to location for good firms and marketers to outpace the competition.

If you would like to benefit from face-to-face meetings and extensive education on the industry, consider the following can't-miss events.

Top Trade Shows to Attend in 2024

Sourcing Custom Parts and Services


Date: Multiple dates/locations in Spring and Fall of 2024

Featuring 300 service categories, the Design-2-Part Show is America’s longest running and most trusted events for sourcing custom parts and services. For over 40 years, the Design-2-Part shows have provided job shops and contract manufacturers the opportunity to meet in-person with OEM engineers and buyers. In 2024, Design-2-Part shows are upcoming in:

Spring 2024

• Texas: Arlington, TX - March 13 & 14
• Southeast: Atlanta, GA - March 27 & 28
• Greater New York: Secaucus, NJ - April 24 & 25
• Florida: Orlando, FL - May 2 & 3
• Greater Chicago: Schaumburg, IL - May 8 & 9
• Greater Detroit: Novi, MI - June 19 & 20

Fall 2024

• So. Cal: Ontario, CA - September 10 & 11
• New England: Marlborough, Mass - September 25 & 26
• Midwest: Indianapolis, IN - October 18 & 19
• Southeast: Raleigh, NC - November 1 & 2
• Mid-Atlantic: Oaks, PA - November 8 & 9

Communications Technology

International Wireless Communications Expo

Date: March 25-28, 2024
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

If you're invested in the communications industry, this trade show is for you. From revolutionary developments in 5G technology to communications devices that look like they were stolen from the set of Star Trek, this show is one of the best places to mingle with the best minds the wireless communications industry has to offer.

Metal Fabrication & Assembly


Date: October 15-17th, 2024
Location: Orlando, FL

If there's one trade show on this list that's a must-visit for marketers regardless of the industry they target, it's FABTECH.

FABTECH covers the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries. The event averages more than 1,900 exhibitors and 48,000 attendees per year, making it one of the largest trade shows for the fabrication industry.

FABTECH is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge advancement in fabrication technology from all the most prominent industry players, as well as scrappy start-ups and medium-sized enterprises. As part of this focus, it regularly features presentations on the most significant advancements in fabrication technology.

The wealth of exhibitors at FABTECH and the presentations the event offers make it uniquely valuable to marketers. Not only can you make vital connections with company executives and senior officers, but you can also leave the event completely up to date on the latest in fabrication technology. You can't ask for much more from a trade show than that.


Date: October 22-24, 2024
Location: Chicago, IL.

The ASSEMBLY Show is a comprehensive event for assembly professionals, focusing on technologies, equipment, and solutions for optimizing assembly processes. Featuring a wide variety of assembly equipment and technology from leading manufacturers, attendees can expect educational seminars on a variety of assembly topics, networking events, and live demonstrations.

Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AME)

Date: Tentatively set for August 7th and 8th, 2024
Location Grand Rapids, MI

Dive into the heart of metalworking with AME, showcasing cutting-edge equipment and technologies for metal-forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing. Explore live demos, network with industry experts, and discover solutions to optimize your metalworking processes. Whether you're a machine shop owner, an engineer, or a buyer, AME offers valuable insights and connections.

Manufacturing Technology

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS)

Date: September 9-14, 2024,
Location: Chicago, IL.

Looking to check out the latest advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment powering innovation in manufacturing today? Managed by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the largest industrial technology event in America, showcasing the latest in manufacturing equipment, software, and services.

Automotive & Aviation

Specialty Equipment Market Association

Date: October 31-November 3rd
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

If your niche is in the premium auto parts market, you'll want to attend this one. Averaging over 100,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors, the Specialty Equipment Market Association is a seminal event for premium auto parts manufacturers and marketers. The sheer size and scope of this event make it well worth a visit for any marketer focused on specialty auto parts or cars.

National Business Aviation Association

Date: October 22-24, 2024
Location: Las Vegas, NV

The National Business Aviation Association's convention is one of the premier trade shows for the aerospace and aviation industry. This convention is dedicated to exploring and promoting the interests of business-related aerospace manufacturers and organizations. Whether you aim to do business in the aerospace industry internationally or locally, this is one trade show you shouldn't miss.

SAE AeroTech Expo

Date: September 17-19, 2024
Location: Seattle, WA.

A premier event for the aerospace industry, showcasing cutting-edge technologies and innovations in commercial aviation, the AeroTech Expo is your go-to for a comprehensive view of the most innovative advancements in aerospace technology such as supersonic aircraft to sustainable aviation.



Date: To be Announced (held in 2025)
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Held in Las Vegas, PACK EXPO showcases the world of packaging and processing. The show features full scale machinery and highlights the latest advancements in packaging and processing. Attendees can expect educational sessions and discussions on several topics, ranging from containers, printing, processing, materials, and more.


The International Plastics Showcase

Date: May 6-10, 2024
Location: Orlando, Florida

This trade show is essential to have it on your radar. The International Plastics Showcase is perhaps the only trade show where you can find all the biggest movers and shakers in the international plastics industry in a single location.

For marketers invested in the plastics industry, this is simply a show that you can't afford to miss - so start planning to attend!


San Antonio Manufacturers Association Trade Show

Date: May 8th, 2024
Location: San Antonio, TX

Looking to make things bigger in Texas? Add the SAMA Trade Show to your list and enjoy panel discussions, breakout sessions, and conference talks. Featuring in-person presentations from top industry leaders, this is a great avenue to learn more about manufacturing in Texas and meet many new faces.

Want to see how you can make the most of your trade show? Check out this video from MNI University from industry expert Cherise Kennerley on how to maximize your investment!

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Editor's note: This article was originally published in October 2019. It is updated annually to reflect new dates and trade show information. 


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