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Jun 2014


COBO Center 1 Washington Boulevard Detroit , Michigan 48226
Tel: (313) 877-8777
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THE BIG M is an unprecedented event to celebrate manufacturing. Together, leveraging the collective power of an industry, we can find solutions to manufacturing’s most complex issues and technical challenges. And we challenge you – as creative thinkers, problem solvers and technical experts – to join us as we take a fresh look at what’s possible.

THE BIG M is more than an event. It’s a mindset. We’ve partnered with like-minded organizations to create a quality event for committed industry professionals who value collaboration and actionable information. They understand an event like THE BIG M is the place to meet some of the most creative thinkers in manufacturing today, see the most advanced technologies, engage in thought-provoking conversations, and learn about trends directly affecting their businesses. And, importantly, they come to celebrate manufacturing. Because what we make defines us.


THE BIG M showfloor is designed to optimize the interaction among attendees and exhibitors. From M/EXCHANGE to our revolutionary Innovation Factories, we make it easy to connect you, the subject matter expert and creative thinker, to qualified buyers who will be making investments in technologies and applications to take their businesses to the next level.

Keynote addresses, panel discussions, networking receptions, and intimate learning experiences all will take place on the showfloor to keep your brand top-of-mind with attendees.

Tech Zones.

These areas give delegates a deeper dive into the technologies and applications demonstrated in the Innovation Factories.

Keynote Speeches and Panel Discussions.

Top executives from industry-leading companies have been invited to speak on the most critical issues in manufacturing today, including globalization, Cyber Security and workforce development.

Collaboration Zones.

The exposition encourages impromptu meetings by the strategic placement of numerous seating stations across the floor.

Meet, Greet & Discover Reception.

These afternoon receptions will feature special giveaways and activities throughout the evening.

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. 

Co-located with RAPID.




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