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Automate sets attendance records

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Automate 2015 set new show and conference records with 18,115 verified attendees visiting the show floor from across the United States and 72 other countries, announced the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). North America’s leading automation event took place March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago. Nearly 600 people participated in the conference.

“All of our statistics increased significantly from the last Automate show in 2013,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, sponsor of the Automate Show & Conference. “The exhibition was 76% larger, total number of show attendees jumped 61%, and conference participants grew 63% over our 2013 results. This growth demonstrates that there is an increasing need for an event like Automate that provides practical, real-world solutions for companies currently automating or considering automation.”

Burnstein noted that the strong international participation at Automate is indicative of the fact that automation is on the rise globally. "Automate has become a truly international event; we were very happy to host the 46th International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) in conjunction with Automate and plan to continue that relationship in 2017 when Automate returns to Chicago."

The Automate post-show survey indicates that 84% of attendees have a key role in the acquisition of automation products and systems, while 70% said their company plans to purchase automation components and/or systems in the next 12 months.

“You really get to see a great cross section of the entire automation industry at Automate, along with the latest technologies that are making an impact on manufacturing today,” said attendee Joel Carter, President of Expercon Services in Orlando, Florida.

Exhibitors also expressed satisfaction with the show, according to A3. Results from a post-show survey indicated that 96% of exhibitors said that Automate 2015 either exceeded or met their expectations, and 88% are likely to exhibit at the 2017 show, many with larger booths.

“Automate was once again a fantastic event for us with nearly triple the number of high quality leads,” said Nick Tebeau, Vision Solutions Product Group Manager at LEONI. “With all the different automation technologies under one roof, Automate gives us significant exposure to key potential customers. We’re already looking forward to Automate 2017.”

Automate 2015 proved to be a big success for exhibitors according to results of the post-show exhibitor survey.

“Our post-show exhibitor survey indicates that over 95% of exhibitors were satisfied or very satisfied with their experience at Automate,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, producer of the Automate Show & Conference. “The broad focus of the Automate Show brings a unique attendee base to exhibitors. In fact, 97% of exhibitors met potential customers that they haven’t met at other trade shows. We anticipate significant growth for the 2017 show. Nearly 90% of exhibitors plan to exhibit again in 2017.”

A total of 18,115 verified attendees visited the show floor, a 61% increase from the 2013 show. North America’s leading automation event took place March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago. Automate 2015 was over 76% larger than the 2013 show bringing in 322 exhibitors on the show floor.

The attendee post-show survey also indicates that 84% of attendees have a key role in the acquisition of automation products and systems, while 70% said their company plans to purchase automation components and/or systems in the next 12 months.

“As a first time exhibitor, Automate 2015 proved to be an outstanding venue to showcase our company’s products and services,” said Michel Odle, Vice President and General Manager, Alpha Magnet LLC. “The number of highly qualified attendees was impressive, and is already translating to increased revenue and opportunities for us. Automate is certainly one of the best organized and managed events we exhibit at, which allows us to maximize our resources and focus on presenting. Overall, Automate 2015 was a huge win for Alpha Magnet.”

New to the show this year was the Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition co-produced with Silicon Valley Robotics, and sponsored by Shell GameChanger. The winner of the competition was Soft Robotics, Inc., a company that designs and builds grippers and control systems that can manipulate items of varying size, shape and weight with a single device.

“For Soft Robotics, Automate 2015 was a pivotal experience,” said Carl Vause, CEO of Soft Robotics, Inc. “Winning the Launch Pad Startup Competition and our booth on the exhibit floor gave us visibility to the key players and customers at the show. At our booth we collected 299 customer leads over three days. The networking events allowed our team to meet and form relationships with other A3 member companies. Startups should embrace Automate and understand that the show is a critical enabler for new technologies and early stage companies.”

The next Automate event will be held April 3-6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, collocated once again with ProMat, which is sponsored by MHI. A3 officials said the success of the 2015 event has led to a record request for Automate booth space and that it’s likely the show will sell-out of floor space for the first time in its history.