Automate and ProMat to Collocate in 2013

Industry exhibitions slated for Chicago’s McCormick Place

Ann Arbor, MI—Nov. 15, 2011—Automation Technologies Council (ATC) and the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) announce that the Automate Show and Conference will once again collocate with ProMat in 2013. Both exhibitions will be held Jan. 21-24, 2013 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Automate 2013 is the premier event for robots, vision, motion control and related automation solutions in North America. ProMat is the premier material handling & logistics show held in North America. The collocation of events is the latest effort by ATC and MHIA to help end users find solutions to their manufacturing and supply chain challenges.

“We had such terrific feedback from attendees and exhibitors in 2011 that it made perfect sense to build upon and expand our collocation in 2013,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of ATC. “We’re looking forward to an outstanding Automate event that educates current and potential users on how automation solutions can help them improve productivity; boost product quality, speed time to market, reduce costs and become stronger global competitors.”

“The decision to collocate ProMat 2013 and Automate 2013 was an easy one after the successful collocation of these events in 2011,” says George Prest, Chief Operating Officer for MHIA. “The collocation of Automate with ProMat 2013 will allow manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals unparalleled education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to the largest equipment and technology display of any show of its kind in North America.”

The collocated Automate 2013 and ProMat 2013 will be the largest international event and conference of its kind ever held in the United States. More than 825 exhibitors are expected to showcase their solutions to some 30,000 professionals from more than 100 countries in industries such as warehousing/distribution, automotive, alternative energy, consumer goods, defense, food and beverage, electronics, lab automation, medical, pharmaceutical, plastics, printing, security, semiconductors and more.

ATC is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Automated Imaging Association (AIA), and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent some 625 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world. Automate was formerly The International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and dates back to 1977 when it began as the ROBOTS show. It is held every two years and showcases solutions for companies looking to use automation in order to be stronger global competitors.

MHIA is an international trade association that has represented the material handling and logistics industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling and logistics industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific Industry Groups. The association sponsors trade events, such as ProMat 2013 and MODEX 2012to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing, distribution and supply chain professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics.