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FABTECH 2012 Highlights US trends

December 3, 2012

Six Austrian Firms among the 1,100 Exhibitors

North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 12-14, 2012. The event drew approximately 25,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibiting companies. Austrian firms included Bohler Uddeholm Corp , Bohler Welding Group USA Inc , Fronius USA LLC , IGM Robotic Systems , Linsinger , Roll Forming Corp and voestalpine Rotec Group .

Key trends regarding the US environment for manufacturing included: manufacturers continue to struggle to find qualified skilled labor, export markets continue to expand, particularly in such sectors as medical devices and aeronautics, market drives need for an overall web strategy entailing search engine optimization, website development, and social media strategies, and manufacturers continue to be concerned about increased and cumbersome regulations.

One consensus reported among key experts is that US the manufacturing sector and economy will continue to be strong in the next 18 months. The federal government is expected to avoid a fiscal crisis, though with short-term solutions which fail to address the need for underlying economic reform.