Manufacturing Trade Shows: Houstex 2013 Highlights

Thomasholmes Trade Show Booth

The Thomasholmes team recently exhibited at the first of five manufacturing trade shows we will attend in 2013, Houstex. was held in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center from February 26th through February 28th with the awesome tag line: “Go Beyond the Ordinary to See the Extraordinary: The Art of Manufacturing”.

This show is the first of three shows put on by the  in which Thomasholmes will exhibit. The other two we will attend are , in West Springfield, MA, from May 14-16th and from October 15th-17th. We couldn't be more excited about the interactive opportunities to show our technology and services to advanced manufacturers in the CNC, marking, and advanced manufacturing fields!

All in all, the show was a great lead generator for Thomasholmes, allowing us to get our name out there to several manufacturers and gain new customers and new partnerships.

SME Laser Learning Lounge

On day one we were able to learn about the laser industry from the Laser Learning lounge. The lounge was filled with presentations all three days. The Thomasholmes team saw firsthand the advanced technology going into laser marking when we stopped by and saw , and got carabiners marked! In fact, one of our founders, Steve Norall, was trying to find a way to purchase one on the spot so we could put the Thomasholmes logo on everything in the office!

Rise of the (CNC) Machines

We also saw a ton of CNC machines, some weighing almost 30 TONS! Yes, 60,000 lbs! These included the HUGE machines we saw from  and . If you run a machine shop and you want to find some new products, Houstex is the show for you. We met many attendees who run machine shops who said that Houstex was one of the best shows hands down to find new CNC machines.

How Much Wood Could a Wood Chuck Cut with a Chuck?

It was great meeting . We met the son of the founder and their Director of Marketing. These guys had passion and were truly working it at the show. We haven't seen so many chucks since the last time we strolled into Beaver Creek!

Waterjet Cutting Is the New Black

Also featured were a lot of waterjet companies, such as , ., and . Many of the companies showed off the power of these machines by making very cool designs and handing them out. You cannot beat that kind of tangible marketing! Plus, who doesn't instantly feel like a kid again when you see water cut metal!

Shops Need Tools and Tools Distributors Save the Day!

We enjoyed getting to know the tool distributors, too, and saw some great exhibits such as the and the . We also saw ! Again, at a machine shop, tools are king, and there was no shortage of great companies offering the latest technologies in tools and parts.

Technology Changing Businesses and Helping Bottom Lines

Like ourselves, we saw some great technology providers for the manufacturing space. It was great to get to know the guys at , , and the ! All of these offered cloud solutions and often made us wonder why more people aren't attracted to manufacturing. Some of the most advanced technology is in this space, and we saw it first hand.

Fast Cars and Magnets, Oh My!

And finally, how could we forget Hartwig's Lamborghini ride give away! Although no one from Thomasholmes won, it sure was a sight to see. and really came to play! We were only hoping that the booth didn't find this yellow Lamborghini beauty! Besides the magnets, Eriez really stood out with their signature orange color!

All in all, if you are looking to network or get to know those in the CNC, manufacturing technology, tools, water cutting, laser marking and oil and gas manufacturing fields, Houstex is THE show to attend!

Make sure you come visit us at . We are at booth 3359. You can view the entire Houstex 2013 Gallery below or watch the YouTube Video!

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Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson oversees the overall marketing strategy for Thomasholmes including website development, social media and content marketing, trade show marketing, email campaigns, and webinar marketing. Mr. Robinson works with the business development department to create messaging that attracts the right decision makers, gaining inbound leads and increasing brand awareness all while shortening sales cycles, the time it takes to gain sales appointments and set proper sales and execution expectations.
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