Vegas-set International Fastener Expo shifts to mid-September

The 2019 International Fastener Expo (IFE) has been scheduled to take place a month earlier than usual, this year running 17-19 September 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre.

The move is in response to exhibitor and attendee feedback, who requested the earlier calendar dates to avoid interfering with busier schedules in October.

IFE is pitched as the largest B2B tradeshow of every type of fastener, machinery and tooling, and industrial-related products in North America. New this year, the show Hall E will open two hours early for buyers and exhibitors to preview and meet with vendors in both the SourceGlobal, IFE’s premier destination for international sourcing, and Machinery and Tooling areas. Hall D will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Thursday for remaining areas.

“Every year, IFE is built around our customers and the industry they work in,” said Karalynn Sprouse, executive vice president, Emerald Expositions. “From the top quality participants and speakers to the countless opportunities to form and cultivate relationships – we value and listen closely to our customers and work diligently to provide a can’t miss experience for buyers and vendors alike. This is how we continue to grow.”

More than 80% of past exhibitors, including Bristol Machine Company, Heartland Tool Supply, and American Belleville are set to return in 2019, while Gemtex Abrasives, Riverhawk, Raptor Composite Fasteners and more will be exhibiting for the first time.

IFE 2018 touted many firsts with a new location at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and beyond the show floor hustle, the show featured an expanded conference schedule with stand-outs from experts on current U.S. tariffs and trade policies, California’s Prop 65, 3D printing and e-commerce essentials. IFE 2019 aims to continue the show’s legacy of providing premier access to do business, network at the highest level, and learn from industry and technology leaders.

“People come to IFE because this is where the entire industry gathers to build and connect, but also because we make sure to provide the most current and relatable content focused directly on what they need now and in the future,” said Morgan Wilson, business development manager, IFE. “As the most comprehensive tradeshow in the fastener industry, our goal is to make IFE the only show you have to attend all year. And it only takes three days of your time in Las Vegas.”

IFE 2018 also welcomed a significant delegation from EFDA.