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Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T)

Welcome to the website of the U.S. Commercial Service’s Machinery, Materials & Technology (M3T) Team for U.S. manufacturers who want to export. The M3T Team's in-depth industry expertise seeks to provide up-to-date export assistance and value-added services for the exports of industrial machinery and materials in the chemicals, plastics, composites, paper/pulp, material handling, metal-working and machine tools sectors. Since exports boost the economy and greatly increase a company’s profitability, many small and medium-sized manufacturers are now exploring opportunities to increase market share outside of the U.S. The manufacturing sector in the United States has been a cornerstone of our economy for decades. To maintain this important sector of the U.S. economy, the U.S. Commercial Service provides assistance to increase the industry’s competitiveness by providing insight and research on foreign markets, programs to help U.S. firms enter new markets and services to help them find qualified business partners.

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Upcoming Trade Events for 2015:

  • Expo Manufactura 2015 – The industrial showcase of northern Mexico held at Cintermex in Monterrey, Mexico, February 3-5, 2015. For details, see:
  • NPE 2015 – The International Plastics Showcase, Orlando, Florida March 23-27, 2015. Showtime and Executive Matchmaking services available. For details:
  • ACREX India 2015 – February 26-28, 2015 in Bangalore, India. This show is focused on the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning industries. For details, see:
  • FABTECH Mexico 2015 – May 5-7, 2015, Cintermex, Monterrey, Mexico (now co-located with AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico and COATech. For details, see:
  • CHINAPLAS 2015 – to be held in Guangzhou, China, May 20-23, 2015. CHINAPLAS is the third largest plastics show worldwide. For details, see:

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Detailed Event Information For Fabtech Mexico/ AWS Weldmex/ Expo Metalmecanica 2014 (TFC Event) Detailed Event Information For Fabtech Mexico/ AWS Weldmex/ Expo Metalmecanica 2014 (TFC Event)
Fabtech Mexico/ AWS Weldmex/ Expo Metalmecanica 2014 (TFC Event) -- General Industrial Eq./Supplies, Iron/Steel, Materials Handling Machinery, Machine Tools/Metalworking Eq., Non-Ferrous Metals, Robotics
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Location/Date: Monterrey, Mexico 05/06/2014 - 05/08/2014
Event Summary:
FABTECH Mexico, co-sponsored by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Int'l (FMA) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), co-locates with the established AWS Weldmex and METALFORM Mexico once again in 2014. The "Mega Event", held at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Mexico May 6-8, 2014 is expected to reach more than 450 exhibitors, 100,000 net square feet of floor space and draw over 12,000 attendees from Mexico and Central America. FABTCH MEXICO collocated with AWS Weldmex and Metalform is EXPO Metalmecanica.This show is specialized and focused on Fabrication, Metalforming and Welding. The show will take place in the largest Mexico City exhibition center. Last year over 350 U. S. companies participated and sold into Mexico and Latin American markets. With over 450 exhibitors, we are expecting to exceed our 2013 record of 10,000 visitors. As FABTECH Mexico is a certified trade fair, U. S. companies from 47 states wanting to be exhibitors on this show can make use of the 30 million dollar grant approved under the STEP program. (Limited to certain states) Companies interested in participating shall register to receive more information.

Kevin Haley, Trade Event Programs
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 202-482-6434
Sarah Cook, Mexico City
Commercial Officer
Phone: (5255) 5080-2182
Chuck Cross, Trade Show Consuting, Inc.

Phone: 410-252-1322
Claudia Salgado, Mexico City
Commercial Specialist
Phone: 52-55-5080-2000 ext. 5224
John Howell, Monterrey
Principal Commercial Officer
Phone: +52 81 8047 3223
Mario Vidana, Monterrey
Commerce Specialist
Phone: 528180473118