After the relative slowdown during the summer months, manufacturing industries are ramping up again for fall, and along with that comes the annual busy slate of autumn trade shows and events. In the bearings industry, the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (AMBA) will hold its 2013 Fall Meeting in Arlington, Va., Oct. 28-29, which will have Chad Moutray, chief economist of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), present.
This year’s AMBA fall event will be co-located with the Bearing Specialists Association’s 2013 Fall Meeting. The AMBA gathering will feature Networking in Motion, a speed-networking session in which supplier members will be able to have direct dialogue with CEOs and key decision makers from primary AMBA-member manufacturers. That will be followed by a joint networking reception and dinner with the BSA.
Moutray on Oct. 29 will give attendees his current manufacturing market analysis along with projections and a forecast for the year ahead, as well as both U.S. and macroeconomic trends, highlighting opportunities and challenges that manufacturers face. Then, the second featured event will be a session exploring the skills gap in manufacturing, which will discuss what is being done nationally and regionally and how bearing manufacturers and suppliers can be active parts of solutions.
AMBA has endorsed Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4, which is being co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International and NAM as a national publicity and outreach effort to show off manufacturing and industry careers to students and the general public in communities across the U.S. On Manufacturing Day, diverse manufacturing companies, as well as schools and other manufacturing interests, will open the doors to their offices and plants for general-public tours and open houses. AMBA is encouraging its members to open their doors to invite their local communities in.