Automate 2013, North America’s leading automation event, was attended by a record 10,975 attendees from across the United States and 55 countries. The event took place in January at McCormick Place in Chicago.
'Automate 2013 exceeded all of our expectations,' said Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing Automation, the primary sponsor of Automate 2013. 'All of our numbers were up sharply, including total exhibitors (up 17 per cent), show attendees (up 62 per cent) and conference participants (up 10 per cent).
'Our post-show survey indicates that Automate is becoming the primary trade show in the field for many people, as about 50 per cent of attendees do not attend any other automation related trade shows.
'It’s clear that our message that automation is the best way to become a stronger global competitor is resonating with companies in virtually every industry,' added Burnstein.
'Robot sales set a record in 2012, the Automate 2013 show was better than ever, and we expect these trends to continue as the manufacturing resurgence in the United States gains an even stronger foothold. We believe this will lead to an expanded Automate event when it is next held in 2015.'
Joseph Cyrek, vice president at Recognition Robotics, concurred: 'We couldn’t be more pleased with Automate 2013. The attendee traffic was fantastic. We generated many solid leads with potential users, some of whom were already asking for quotes to move forward with our technology.
'This has been a great show; everyone seemed really fired up about the industry. We will definitely come back for Automate 2015 with an even bigger presence.'