FABTECH 2018, North America’s largest finishing, metal forming, fabricating, and welding event, welcomed more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and a total of 33,755 attendees from 75 countries to Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center last week. With more than 650,000 square-feet of exhibit space, FABTECH offered visitors the chance to network, learn and explore three exhibit halls full of new products, technology and the latest manufacturing innovations. The event showcased several emerging technologies including additive manufacturing, automation systems, advanced fiber laser cutting machines, and more. Attendees benefitted from the hands-on product demonstrations and expert insight into current and future manufacturing trends.  “FABTECH 2018 was a successful one – there was a palpable energy radiating in and around the show floor and the education sessions,” says John Catalano, SME senior director, FABTECH. “The week was full of excitement and enthusiasm and the introduction of leading-edge technology showed manufacturers there is a lot to be optimistic about in the year ahead. We were thrilled with the high turnout in Atlanta and hope that everyone that participated in FABTECH 2018 left feeling inspired by the ideas, insights and new connections made at the show.”  Education continues to be a cornerstone of FABTECH, with an extensive lineup offered of more than 130 expert-led presentations and sessions covering the latest and best practices in the finishing, metal forming, fabricating, and welding industries.  A variety of special events took center stage as well, including the popular FABx Tech Talks opening session, an inspirational keynote from NASCAR icon Kyle Petty, and an eye-opening panel discussion on the next generation entering the workforce. Recordings of the keynotes and panel discussions are available for purchase.  FABTECH 2019 is set for November 11-14 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Registration will open in the spring. www.fabtechexpo.com