This week’s giant National Manufacturing Week, a design and manufacturing event in Chicago, IL, parted with tradition by shifting the entire focus to the technical sessions and to the show floor, while doing away with keynote speakers.
“Because Canon creates mega-events, we didn’t feel a need to have keynote events this year,” noted Peter Dileo, group marketing manager for Canon Communications LLC, which is putting on the show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center here. This year’s show is considered a mega-event because it encompasses National Manufacturing Week, Assembly Technology Expo and Quality Expo. Those shows previously were not combined.
“It’s hard enough for engineers to find time to get out of their offices,” Dileo said. “When you put all three shows together, there’s more justification to attend the shows.”
Keynote speakers at the 2006 National Manufacturing Week included presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson and Hewlett Packard’s Gilles Bouchard.