When the International Fastener Expo (IFE) launched more than 40 years ago, the aim was to bring manufacturers and distributors of industrial fasteners, precision-formed parts, and machinery tooling together. That goal is still the same.
Impressively, IFE was and still is the largest fastener event in North America. What started as a bi-annual show in Columbus, Ohio, has turned into an annual exposition in Las Vegas, typically attracting more than 650 exhibiting companies and 5,000 attendees from more than 30 countries.
Of course, the only exception was in 2020, when the event offered a unique online “Meet & Match” alternative, given the pandemic.
Two years later, IFE is expected to regain many of its participants and attendees, so mark your calendars for October 17th to 19th at Mandalay Bay on the Vegas Strip. Nearly 80% of attendees have agreed that the International Fastener Expo is a “must-attend” event, according to the show organizers, because it’s so comprehensive — and an excellent excuse to network and connect with those in the industry.
For the first time in IFE history, there will be a keynote speaker, Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleahWD, which is redefining wholesale distribution. Beveridge is considered one of the top keynote speakers for forward-thinking businesses and associations committed to creating new value in this changing marketplace. His discussion topic: “Innovate! How to Create Relevancy in the Age of Disruption.”
The Fastener Training Institute (FTI) is also offering a full-day, in-person class on day one of the event, entitled: How Fasteners are Made and What Drives the Cost of a Fastener. Register to attend, and you’ll be taken into the fastener manufacturing world to explore why these under-appreciated components are complex engineering marvels. (Early bird pricing is available until October 3rd.)
The Hall of Fame and Young Fastener Professional Awards Ceremony takes place in the afternoon of day two. These awards recognize professionals who’ve made significant contributions to the fastener industry on a national or global scale.
You can also expect a reception party, conference sessions, and the traditional IFE golf tourney. This year, there’s also SourceGlobal, a unique, dedicated sourcing area where distributors and importers can meet face-to-face with hundreds of international factories…without leaving America.
“We’re also excited to unveil a new AI-powered match-making solution, allowing the audience to schedule meetings before or during the event, view attendees and exhibitors, and send messages — ultimately, making the most of their time at IFE,” share the show organizers.
Everything you need to know, including registration, is available here. We hope to see you at IFE!