U.S. manufacturing sector achieves 17th straight month of expansion as preparations for EASTEC 2011 draws near.

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA, January 25, 2011 — According to the Institute for Supply Management, the largest supply management association in the world, manufacturers can expect more good news in 2011. The organization released its December 2010 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® earlier this month highlighting strength in autos, metals, food, machinery, computers and electronics. The weak dollar and increased global demand also are playing a role in supporting growth for those companies that export, the report noted.

"Manufacturing continues to lead the nation's economic recovery," suggests Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) which is the producer of EASTEC. "Orders are up and activity at factories is increasing with industrial capacity getting closer to what it was prior to the recession. We are not there yet, but the fact that manufacturing added 10,000 jobs in December is surely a good sign."

EASTEC 2010 attendee surveys also forecast optimism with 77 percent reporting that they were attending the show to see new products and 57 percent reporting that they are expanding into emerging technologies. EASTEC, the largest annual manufacturing event on the East Coast, features resource centers and key note speakers on many of the emerging industries including, medical devices, aerospace, homeland security, environment, alternative energy, and rapid transit. Counted amongst the 500 exhibitors expected at the 2011 event are industry leaders Mitsubishi, Citizen Machinery America, Compumachine, and Brooks Associates. Attendee registration, which attracts close to 15,000 registrants each year, has just opened.

"Manufacturers attend EASTEC for networking opportunities, new product information, and ideas on how they can grow their businesses," states Kimberly Farrugia, EASTEC show manager. "These are companies that have made it through hard times, operate relatively quietly, yet are responsible for a significant employment and state and national GDP."

EASTEC 2011 will take place on May 17 ? 19 at the Eastern States Exposition Grounds in West Springfield, MA. The event is centered on five exhibit categories: Design, Engineering, and Rapid Technologies; Tooling, Workholding and Machining Accessories; Automation, Quality and Process Improvement; Plant, Energy, and Environmental Efficiency; and Precision Manufacturing Equipment and Systems.

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Show Sponsors: EASTEC 2011 is co-sponsored by SME, the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

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