AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 Introduces New Program for Exclusive Access to Top Industry Professionals

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Top manufacturing executives from the aerospace and defense OEMs and government agencies will participate in interactive-panel discussions at AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition, February 25-27, 2014, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. The Manufacturing Intelligence Series provides exclusive information on trends affecting the future of the industry.

AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014

Our essential mission is to write the playbook for the decade ahead, which requires the participation of the suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 introduces the Manufacturing Intelligence Series, an initiative to give attendees exclusive access to industry insiders in order to help understand and respond to the rapidly changing dynamics shaping the industry.

“Our essential mission is to write the playbook for the decade ahead, which requires the participation of the suppliers and other industry stakeholders,” said Dave Morton, industry development manager for SME. “You’ll be in the same room where top people from the OEMs and government sit down and discuss how we can maintain our competiveness amongst historic, and very challenging, circumstances.”

The Executive Intelligence and Exclusive Keynote Speaker are interactive sessions focused on areas critical to the growth, including cybersecurity, 3D manufacturing, national public/private manufacturing initiatives and the effects of the federal budget sequester. Speakers will share their vision of the potential of technology, collaboration and public policy to transform manufacturing – concepts that attendees can experience on the exposition floor and in in-depth technical sessions. Attendees also are encouraged to interact with speakers, presenters, exhibitors and each other at the opening Take Off event, the Integrated Solution Centers and AeroDef After Hours receptions.

The summit and exposition showcase the industry’s most advanced technologies across an innovative floor plan arranged by technology zones and designed to facilitate interaction and business relationships among participants. At the center of the floor is The Deck, the hub of activities at AeroDef.

AeroDef Manufacturing takes place on February 25 – 27, 2014, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. It is produced by SME in partnership with Bell Helicopter/Textron, Boeing, EADS, Lockheed Martin, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon. Register is now open at

Join our Twitter group @AeroDefMfg and our LinkedIn group to learn details about AeroDef as they unfold, including keynote speakers, panels and sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.

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About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME shares knowledge to advance manufacturing. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

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