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Want an Advanced Manufacturing Conference at Home? West+ Goes Virtual

Article-Want an Advanced Manufacturing Conference at Home? West+ Goes Virtual

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Informa Markets Engineering West launches West+, a dedicated virtual event taking place September 13 through October 13.

Informa Markets Engineering West, the nation's leading advanced design and manufacturing event which brings together established event brands Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West, WestPack, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) West, Plastec West, and Design & Manufacturing (D&M) West, today announced West+, a virtual encore to the live event held in Anaheim, slated for September 13 through October 13.

West+ is a dedicated virtual conference and exhibition that provides the live event's more than 1,000 exhibitors and thousands of attendees spanning the medical technology, device manufacturing, surgical robotics, and packaging sectors a continuation of their experience onsite. Serving as an all-new virtual platform, West+ is strategically designed to facilitate further industry connection and deal-making that was initiated onsite earlier this month.

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"This year's event was particularly special for a number of reasons," said Melissa Magestro, VP and Group Portfolio Leader, Informa Markets Engineering West. "Notably, our event was the first large-scale trade show to return in-person to the nation's leading economy state, connecting the advanced design and manufacturing community in-person for the first time in over eighteen months. It was remarkable to see such high caliber industry professionals and companies on the expo floor and in conference sessions engage in lively conversation for three days."

Continued Magestro: "What shone through at the live event was the bottled-up need for industry connection and deal-making, which we are thrilled to support with the introduction of West+. The virtual event will serve as a digital component that complements the in-person event and provides our community even more opportunity to network, learn, and grow their business."

The three pillars of the virtual event include:

  • Free Webinars – Rewind the clock and sit in on the educational sessions you missed onsite. Topics covered include smart manufacturing, medtech innovation, packaging sustainability, injection molding, 3D printing, and more.
  • A Technical Conference – enhance your virtual experience — dive deeper into NEW technical content covering innovations and challenges in digital health, 3D printing, smart manufacturing, and more; and
  • Networking – Continue growing your network and connect with engineers and buyers you may have missed or new leads who are looking for your products and solutions with our AI-driven matchmaking program.

West+ follows the successful wrap of Informa Markets Engineering West, which hosted thousands of attendees hailing from prominent companies including, 3M, Adams Rite Aerospace, AMA Plastics, Associated Packaging Inc., Boeing, Edwards Life Sciences, Festo Corp., Fresenius, GE Healthcare, GKN Aerospace, Glenair, Glidewell Labs, Herbalife, Honeywell, Jabil, Johnson & Johnson, LiteGear, Memjet, Niagara Bottling, Northrop Grumman Aerospace, NuVasive, Oakley, Pak West, RJG, and Zebra Technologies. Distinguished conference speaker and attendee Avishek Mishra, regulatory affairs specialist at Medtronic, remarked: "This is what we had all been waiting for since February of 2020, and the conference has delivered. The venue, exhibit halls, food trucks, and most importantly the people, created such a wonderful environment for us to meet, network, and share ideas. I had the opportunity to present on a topic I am passionate about, and the response was overwhelming. Patient experiences matter, and as a service industry, healthcare has a long way to go compared to others."

The event has served the advanced design and manufacturing community in Anaheim for more than 30 years. Commenting on the safe return of the event to the Southern California region and its positive economic impact on the local community, Junior Tauvaa, Chief Sales Officer, Visit Anaheim, said: "We thank Informa Markets Engineering West for their successful return to the Anaheim Convention Center. It's great to see major tradeshows coming back safely and responsibly right here in Anaheim."

For more information and to register to attend West+, visit

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