In what is becoming an annual April tradition, we’ll take a look at some significant industry events. As the weather starts to warm, trade-show season begins heating up. Even if you can’t attend the following events, it’s important to know what the industry has to offer in 2019.


Ceramics Expo

In its fifth year, Ceramics Expo will host more than 300 leading global manufacturers and suppliers from across the supply chain. Held April 30-May 1 in Cleveland, industry leaders will share their technical expertise in ceramics and provide real-world case studies, new technologies and materials, and information on industry trends.


AISTech 2019

Held May 6-9 in Pittsburgh, the steel industry’s premier technology event will feature technologies that help steel producers compete more effectively in today’s global market. Designed for anyone involved at any level of today’s steel marketplace, it provides perspective on the technology and engineering expertise necessary to power a sustainable steel industry.


Rapid + TCT

North America’s pre-eminent event for innovation and networking in 3D manufacturing takes place May 20-23 in Detroit. Dedicated to additive manufacturing and 3D printing, this show promises some of the biggest product announcements of the year as well as presentations from the industry’s most respected experts.


Forge Fair 2019

North America’s largest event dedicated exclusively to the forging industry hosts more than 1,650 forging professionals from across the globe. Attendees can learn about new products, make purchasing decisions and network with each other at this biennial event held May 21-23 in Cleveland. Visit FORGE magazine at booth #233 at the show.


Powdermet 2019

The leading North American technical conference on powder metallurgy and particulate materials is held June 23-26 in Phoenix. Attendees will have access to over 200 technical presentations from worldwide experts on the industry’s latest research and development.


Bright World of Metals

This is the big one. Four events are held concurrently June 25-29 in Düsseldorf, Germany: Thermprocess 2019, the 12th international trade fair and symposium for thermal-processing technology; GIFA 2019, the 14th International Foundry Trade Fair with Technical Forum; METEC 2019, the 10th International Metallurgical Trade Fair; and Newcast, the 5th International Trade Fair for Castings with Technical Forum. As a whole, the event drew 78,000 attendees in 2015. About 2,000 exhibitors are expected this year.


Heat Treat 2019

Held Oct. 15-17 in Detroit, the 30th Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition will combine new technology, exhibits, technical programming and networking events geared toward the heat-treating industry. Industrial Heating will be in attendance.



Trade shows are important because they provide education via technical sessions as well as an opportunity to network with industry professionals on the show floor. For more information on these and other industry events, visit