Fastener Fair USA reveals a robust conference programme 16 May 2019

Fastener Fair USA, which takes place on 22nd – 23rd May at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, has announced an in-depth conference programme with more than fifteen training, technical and process sessions taking place during the two day event.

Fastener Fair USA will bring together manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and end users for the region’s only dedicated fastener, fixing and joining technology exhibition. The show offers a first-hand look at the latest solutions and technology available in the marketplace, and offers top-notch educational programmes developed and delivered by industry experts.

The eventful programme features educational sessions conducted by experts from an assortment of backgrounds and will cover topics on maintenance and repair; fastener basics for beginners to the industry; risk management; the fundamentals to help companies succeed; and much more.

New this year, Fastener Fair USA will feature two stages to help better serve the industries and positions in the industry. The Distributors Conference will aim to help fastener distributors gain competitive advantage, learn new technologies, and study best practices through presentation from industry experts.

The Tech Talks Theatre will be more technical in nature, giving insights into what pushes the industry forward, the latest products and technology, all the way down to what kind of material will work best for applications. Also, the Fastener Training Institute will be hosting, for a second time, the ‘Fastening 101 – understanding threaded fasteners with emphasis on automotive fasteners’ course. Held the day before the show and sponsored by the Fastener Education Foundation, this course will delve into fastener engineering, automotive fastener basis, and trends in the industry.

Below are some of the key sessions at the Tech Talks Theatre:

  • The key to Industry 4.0 success: ‘Why most projects fail and how you can learn from their mistakes’ – presented by Graham Immerman, director of marketing for MachineMetrics. This session will feature a look at digitalisation and how manufacturers are failing to succeed in trying to pursue it.
  • Risk management – presented by Carmen Vertullo, founder of Carver Consulting, and Rob LaPointe, founder and vice-president of AIM Testing Laboratory. This session will uncover the ways successful businesses use quality management to identify, assess, assign and strategise for risk management.

The full line-up of sessions and speakers for both stages is available online.


Will Lowry Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 814 509


Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector - interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe.

Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the Magazine is renowned.