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3rd November 2017

Gear Expo and FTM’s Strong Numbers Reflect AGMA’s Strategy For Growth

AGMA’s Fall Technical Meeting has largest audience to date with growing international participation.


Alexandria, VA—November 1, 2017— AGMA welcomed more than 3,500 attendees from 30 countries and 41 states to Gear Expo, The Drive Technology Show in Columbus, Ohio last week. The Fall Technical Meeting had a record attendance of 180 participants and speakers making it the largest AGMA technical meeting to date. 

Exhibitors brought their newest machines and products that filled the 59,500sq.ft. show floor at the Columbus Convention Center. Attendees saw the latest technology in automation and IIoT as it relates to the gear industry and found new solutions to increase productivity and profit in their businesses. 

“Gear Expo 2017 was a great platform for attendees to see the latest solutions in the marketplace,” said Jenny Blackford, Vice President of Marketing for AGMA. “We are pleased with our attendance numbers, but are even more excited to hear that exhibitors were meeting quality leads for new programs and making sales.”  

With focused promotional efforts on social media as well as geo-fencing and geo-tagging outreach, the attendees could immediately share their experience while at the show and were put in touch with the exact supplier needed.  These tactics allowed AGMA to expand its promotional audience, while also leveraging traditional media partners, and exhibitors, to get the word out.  

“We offered additional ways for exhibitors to promote themselves and the show this year,” added Blackford. “Companies, attendees and speakers were able to share their Gear Expo experience right away so those that did not come to the show were still connected to what was happening. This kind of marketing allows exhibitors to get the most out of their investment.” 

The Fall Technical Meeting (FTM) was one of the greatest successes of the week. The quality of the papers and the engagement of the large audience made this year’s meeting the most attended yet. Discussions about emerging technologies and the standards process brought great interest from members and non-members for future involvement.  

“AGMA focused heavily on keeping the integrity of the FTM and the papers presented,” said Amir Aboutaleb, Vice President of AGMA’s Technical Division. “People know that when they come to this meeting, they will be hearing about the latest in the gear industry from the foremost technical experts from around the world. This popular event will continue to grow as AGMA continues to be content driven for the changing industry.” 

Additionally, the Solutions Center schedule was filled with more than 30 presentations that mirrored the newly established Emerging Technology Pavilion hosted by AGMA. Attendees connected directly with players in the additive and IIoT industries like Jay Rogers from Local Motors and Paul Boris from Vuzix to discuss the direction of manufacturing and the potential disrupters that the gear industry might face in the future.  

“Thank you to all of the AGMA members and Gear Expo participants for a successful show. We were pleased with the growth in the buying audience,” added Matthew E. Croson, President of AGMA.  “We look forward to working with our innovative members as we collaborate to grow our show to include the full gamut of power transmission solutions including: mechanical, electrical and fluid power.  It will be an exciting time to be a part of this effort in 2019 and beyond.” 



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