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Metal Working Industries
AWS (American Welding Society)
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FABTECH - Update

Organisers have announced at the end of the fair that FABTECH2023 will take place. The event will occur between 11.09.2023 and 14.09.2023. The event will be hosted at as a face-to-face trade show in Chicago. The venue will not have the newest Covid-19 safety measures in place due to the state lifting its domestic restrictions. Because of the travel bans, vaccination documents have to be shown upon arrival in the United States. 


FABTECH is an integral international trade fair for the metal fabricating industry in its entirety and puts emphasis on technological brilliance and accomplishments across all product categories – roll forming, saws, stamping, tooling, tube and pipe fabricating and welding. As such, it can be said that FABTECH is a central hub for buyers and exhibitors to meet and do business as well as learn the latest industry news


  • There’s a conference, which oversees the entire processing chain – technical, operational, economic and managerial subjects.
  • Sharing of professional knowledge and know-how is central as can be seen through the over 130 education sessions as part of the FABTECH Education Program.
  • The audience continues to grow in size and currently stands at over 48,000 professionals.


The event is hosted in Chicago, USA for four days, though it needs to be remarked that this annual event moves from city to city in the USA on a rotation. Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the official organiser and the edition in Chicago will take place at the McCormick Place. Each day has different opening hours – 10:00 am until 18:00 pm, 09:00 am until 17:00 pm, and 09:00 am until 16:00 pm respectively. Though hours are subject to change.

Audience and statistics

With 13 technology tracks, it’s safe to say that FABTECH certainly fulfills a central role as a place to conduct business. Exhibitors not only tap into the large American market, but meet buyers from Europe and countries like China, Japan and Mexico. Another reason why this trade fair has gotten so large and popular is the broad-spanning educational program, which features over 130 sessions from seasoned experts in the field.

Affordable accommodation near FABTECH

There are many hotel offers in Chicago, but why spend days comparing, when you have an experienced team on your side able to do this work in a single day. Trade Fair Trips ltd offers tailored hotel services for FABTECH that take into account your budget so you don’t overspend. It’s also important to place you close to McCormick Place and assist in any other way possible. This can include placing reservations for meeting facilities or taking over the trade fair booth installation.

Past Editions

2021 Edition

FABTECH 2021 was among the first large-scale B2B manufacturing trade shows to take place at McCormick Place since the pandemic began. The 2021 edition of the fair occurred as an in-person exhibition. It had the latest COVID-19 safety protocols in place including health status document submission, social distancing and others. The event was held between the 13th of September and the 16th of September 2021. Over 24,000 trade visitors and around 1000 exhibitors opted to attend in person despite the travel restrictions. Among the main travel reasons was observing the latest novelties and partaking in face-to-face interactions. The edition showcased more than 400 new trends, products, and technologies. The sales activity at the edition was quite robust, showing that the sector has begun the process of recovery. It additionally demonstrated that face-to-face communication is a vital part of conducting business. 

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How to get to FABTECH
On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Chicago Midway Airport

60 minutes when travelling from Union Station

By car
By car:

15 minutes when travelling from Chicago Midway Airport

10 minutes when travelling from Union Station

By public transport
By public transport:

55 minutes when travelling from Chicago Midway Airport

25 minutes when travelling from Union Station

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