PM News: Trade Shows Shift To New Time Schedules

Both the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2008 and EMO Hannover 2007 will work on new time schedules. IMTS 2008 will become a 6-day event.

Trade Shows Shift To New Time Schedules
Both the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2008 and EMO Hannover 2007 will work on new time schedules. IMTS 2008 will become a 6-day event, opening Monday, September 8, and will run through Saturday, September 13, 2008. “The change from an 8-day to a 6-day format is a response to exhibitor feedback from surveys, letters and calls,” says Peter R. Eelman, AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology vice president, exhibitions.

EMO Hannover 2007 will take place from September 17-22. A survey at EMO Hannover 2005 revealed that a majority favored restricting the duration of the exhibition to exclude Sunday. “This move saves our exhibitors 2 days while still retaining Saturday, when customers with smaller businesses traditionally attend,” says Dr. Detlev Elsinghorst, general commissioner of EMO Hannover. Contact AMT for IMTS information at (703) 827-5252 or VDW for EMO Hannover information at www.vdw.de.

Tony Wells has been appointed North American sales manager for Index Corporation (Noblesville, Indiana). He was previously regional sales manager at Hurco USA. In his new position, Mr. Wells will be responsible for developing Index and Traub sales in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Contact Index Corp. at (317) 770-6300.

David Barber recently joined Hardinge Inc. (Elmira, New York) in the newly created role of director of corporate promotion and marketing manager. He will be responsible for all marketing activities within North America as well as overseeing the company’s image and marketing focus on a global scale. Barber has spent 12 years in the industry as marketing manager for several machine tool builders and distributors, including his most recent position with United Grinding Technologies. Contact Hardinge at (800) 843-8801.

Haas Automation, Inc. (Oxnard, California) built, sold and shipped more than 10,000 CNC machines at its manufacturing facility in Oxnard in 2005. That is an increase of more than 22 percent from 2004 and more than 200 percent from 2003. “I know of no other machine tool builder in the world that has done this,” says Haas General Manager Bob Murray, adding that the company reached this goal during a period of widespread plant restructuring and expansion. Contact Haas at (805) 278-1800.

BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling Inc. (Elk Grove Village, Illinois) has opened a West Coast location and assigned a new sales manager of tool measuring systems to provide local factory service and sales support for customers and the existing sales network in 11 Western states. The investment in a new location provides several benefits to West Coast customers including time savings related to travel and more immediate on-site service and sales response. The local sales manager, Olaf Stoffels, brings BIG Kaiser and Speroni factory expertise to a local level, according to the company. Contact BIG Kaiser at (888) TOOL-PRO.

Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, New Jersey) has announced the appointment of John Israelsson to the position of president. Mr. Israelsson brings more than 19 years of machine tool industry experience to this position, ranging from product development and sales to executive management. He joined Sandvik in 1987 as a product specialist. Prior to his new position, he served as vice president, marketing and business development for 2 years. Contact Sandvik Coromant at (800) 726-3845.

Thomas Associates (Cleveland, Ohio), a trade association management company, announced that it will end its engagement with the Industrial Supply Association (ISA), effective May 31, 2006. “Though we were selected by ISA to provide multiple services for the organization in the future, the inability to arrive at a definitive contractual arrangement going forward in a timely manner ultimately resulted in our resigning at the end of the current contract,” says Charles M. Stockinger, chairman and CEO of Thomas Associates. While disassociating itself with ISA, Thomas Associates will still have a major impact in the industrial supply arena. Contact Thomas Associates at (216) 241-7333.