roMat 2017 includes an extensive educational component in addition to the trade show. Educational events
include four keynote presentations as well as more than 100
expert-led seminars held right on the show floor during the
exhibition. New this year is a women in supply chain summit.
Scheduled for noon to 4: 30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, the
event is billed as an afternoon of discussion, education, and
networking for women in the industry. (A separate fee and
registration are required. Go to www.promatshow.com/edu-cation for more info.)
The ProMat keynote presentations will offer a glimpse of
the future and insights into ways to gain a competitive edge
in your market. On Monday, April 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45
a.m., Andrew Winston, an expert on sustainability and author
of Green to Gold, will lead a panel discussion with manufacturing and supply chain sustainability leaders that have
successfully incorporated environmentally sound practices
into their facility design. Panelists will discuss how companies
both large and small can use environmental strategy to grow,
create enduring value, and build stronger supply chains.
On Tuesday, April 4, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Markus
Lorenz, partner and managing director of the Boston
Consulting Group, will discuss how intelligent machines are
transforming supply chains. During this keynote, Lorenz will
explore the many ways this revolution will affect our industry
and the economy, and what kinds of new jobs it will create.
On Wednesday, April 5, from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Scott
Sopher, principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Supply Chain
practice, will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, in presenting
the findings of the “2017 Annual Industry Report” from MHI.
The report will focus on the supply chain trends and technologies that are creating digital supply chains.
Later that day, from 1 to 2 p.m., National Basketball
Association (NBA) legend, two-time Hall of Famer, Olympic
gold medalist, and now entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson
will join DC VELOCITY Group Editorial Director Mitch Mac
Donald for a “fireside chat.” In the session, Johnson will reveal
the secrets to his business and personal success (hint: always
over-deliver on customer expectations).
The keynotes will serve as the gateway to some 100 expert-led sessions on a host of material handling and logistics topics. In these sessions, ProMat exhibitors will discuss industry
issues like supply chain visibility, ergonomics, and worker
safety and how state-of-the-art equipment and technology
can boost visibility, safety, and productivity.
ProMat’s educational offerings also include “The Hub,” an
interactive resource center. At The Hub, which is located in
the center of the show floor, visitors will find the following:
; A social networking lounge and wireless Internet center;
; The MHI Informational Center with information about
the show sponsor and the resources and services it offers to
manufacturing and supply chain professionals;
; An information center for the Modex 2018 expo to be held
in Atlanta in April 2018; and
; Information on nominees for the MHI 2017 Innovation
A special bonus for attendees: Automate, a robotics,
machine vision, and motion-control event, is once again
co-located with ProMat in 2017.
For more information about the educational programs on
tap at ProMat 2017, go to www.promatshow.com/education/