The WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo is organized by WAI and is held biennially in a different industry hub within the U.S. for the wire and cable manufacturing industry. The event incorporates technical paper presentations, a comprehensive exhibit, on-floor production solutions demonstrations, networking activities, and more. Wire Expo originated in Boston in 1990 and has since been hosted in the following locations: Louisville, Kentucky; Detroit, Michigan; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Dallas, Texas.
Exhibiting companies comprise suppliers to the industry and manufacturers of wire; cable; and fastener, formed and fabricated wire products. Historically, exhibiting companies have represented all sectors of metal and fiber.
The WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo attracts attendees from the local and national markets and participants from overseas markets. These attendees, most with purchasing influence, represent the ferrous, nonferrous, and electrical segments of the industry. The attendee profile has grown to include interest in several industries allied to wire and cable including:
• environmental and reclamation
• medical instrumentation
Hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers to the wire and cable industry participate at WAI’s annual trade exhibitions to promote products and services to the global marketplace. WAI offers exhibiting opportunities at its biennial Interwire and WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo, and at its annual International Technical Conference.
Exhibiting companies receive editorial coverage in the pre-show issues of Wire Journal International and on www.wirenet.org as well as promotional exposure through WAI’s comprehensive pre-show marketing campaign. Exhibitors can also advertise in the Official Show Program and participate in sponsorship offerings to extend exposure.
The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc., founded in 1930, is a worldwide technical society for wire and cable industry professionals that is governed by volunteers from around the world. Based in Guilford, Connecticut, USA, WAI promotes, collects, and disseminates technical, manufacturing, and general business information to the ferrous, nonferrous, electrical, fiber optic, and fastener segments of the wire and cable industry.
Event is held biennially - The Wire Expo is held in even-numbered years; Interwire is held in odd-numbered years.