Press release

Automate Moves to Motown in 2021

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Automate, North America’s largest showcase devoted to automation
industry trends, leading-edge technology and business innovation, is
moving to Detroit. The biennial Automate
Show and Conference
, colocated with
Promat in Chicago since 2011, has grown to more than 500 exhibitors,
over 20,000 attendees and 1,000 paid conference registrants. The move
for the next event, which will take place May 17-20, 2021 at Cobo
Center, was announced last night at the Automate 2019 “Moving to Motown”
networking party in Chicago.

“To continue our rapid growth, and better meet the needs of our
exhibitors who look to Automate to reach new potential customers, we’ve
decided that now is the right time to move Automate to its own location
– and Detroit is an ideal fit,” said Jeff Burnstein, president of the
Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the show’s organizer.
“Detroit is turning into the next major technology hub in the United
States. This is an exciting change for us and our exhibitors, allowing
Automate to expand in size and technology scope as the automation
industry continues its steady growth.”

Named one of Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2018, Detroit is
transforming. Over the last few years, studies from the Brookings
Institution have rated Detroit No. 4 on a list of the country’s hubs for
advanced technology employment, with nearly 15 percent of the workforce
in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area working in areas such as research
and development and engineering. Though known as a traditional
automotive hub, the region is growing in other industries such as
aerospace, logistics and advanced mobility.

“We’re very excited that Automate will be moving to Detroit in 2021,”
said Mike Cicco, president and CEO of FANUC America, a leading supplier
of robotics and automation based in Rochester Hills, Mich. “It’s evident
that Michigan is quickly regaining its strength as a manufacturing and
technology powerhouse, and we’re proud that our headquarters has been in
the Detroit Metro area since 1982.”

“Detroit is so pleased to be welcoming Automate to our destination in
2021 because it makes sense for a region whose future success is
dependent on new technology improvements and automation for the making
and delivering of products and services,” said Larry Alexander,
president and CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Our hospitality community will roll out the welcome mat in our vibrant
city for the 20,000+ attendees of Automate.”

Companies at Automate
this week in Chicago can reserve space now by visiting the A3
sales office (booth #9667), or by contacting Jim Hamilton (734) 994-6088
for exhibiting information.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the
benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas
that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for
Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging,
Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) and A3 Mexico. RIA, AIA, MCMA
and A3 Mexico combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers,
component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and
consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation
forward. For more information, visit: A3RIAAIAMCMAA3