Hot on the heels of record-breaking attendance at the October 2017 show, the International Fastener Expo (IFE) has partnered with Berlin-based EFDA (European Fastener Distributor Association) to bring a large delegation from 11 different European countries to IFE 2018.
EFDA represents 170 European-based innovators with collective sales of more than €4 billion.
Karalynn Sprouse, EVP, Emerald Expositions, said: “EFDA’s participation at IFE 2018 will help American interests understand how Europe has responded to the fastener industry’s globalisation crisis, effectively managing an increasingly complex global supply chain shift.”
Last year, EFDA released its “Securing the Future” document, describing European fastener distribution in the 21st century: “Our sector is no longer a simple ‘box-shifter’ that can adapt overnight to changes in the regulatory environment.”
“Records expected to be broken again in 2018”
Thanks to three decades of partnerships IFE has established with domestic associations (NFDA, Pac-West, MWFA, SFA, SEFA and NCFA) and media partners, the 2018 International Fastener Expo is expecting to surpass last year’s record-breaking attendance. 80% of 2017’s exhibitors already renewed and twelve new first-time exhibitors already confirmed. A sample of new exhibitors heading to IFE 2018 include: American Belleville, Alpha USA, Clampco Products, Project Industries Inc., Enoch Precision Machining, Foerster Instruments, Eurolink FSS, LLC, Bar Stock Specialties and The DECC Company. PC Engineering will be exhibiting in the show’s fastest growing area – Machinery.
IFE 2018 will be held at the Mandalay Bay resort from October 30 – November 1 in conjunction with the 70,000 vendors and buyers who gather for the SEMA Show. IFE 2018 will also expand its Global Source area, making IFE a global presentation and marketplace in the USA, saving attendees on travel time and sales team expense.
Torque Magazine is an official media partner of the International Fastener Expo, which runs 30 October-1 November 2018.