Automate 2019 Closes Last Show in Chicago with Record Attendance and Leads

Hundreds of Exhibitors Already Reserved Space for 2021 in Detroit;

Innovative Mechatronic Systems Wins 2019 Launch Pad Startup

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”” target=”_blank”gt;#A3lt;/agt;–Automate, North America’s largest showcase devoted to automation
industry trends, leading-edge technology and business innovation, ended
its eight-year run in Chicago with record numbers. According to
preliminary figures, more than 20,000 walked the show floor at the
biennial event – an increase of 25 percent over 2017 – to see the
advancements in robotics, vision, motion and advanced automation
technology from over 500 exhibitors from around the world.

According to Jeff Burnstein, president of the Association for Advancing
Automation (A3), the majority of the largest exhibitors have already
reserved their spots for 2021 in Detroit, all citing the strong
connections they were able to make at this year’s show.

“Automate has proven once again to be an ideal venue for manufacturers
to find the latest innovations in automation, from collaborative and
mobile robots to artificial intelligence, machine vision and motion
control,” Burnstein said. “From what we’ve heard from exhibitors and
attendees alike, the show was a great success, generating thousands of
valuable leads as business leaders learned how the various innovations
can help their companies thrive in today’s highly competitive global
environment. We can’t wait to do it all again in 2021, this time in

Reflections on Automate 2019: Quality Leads Abound
Industrial Robots
(MiR) is one exhibitor planning a return to
Automate in 2021. According to Ed Mullen, MiR’s vice president of sales
for the Americas, the company received more than 1600 leads over the
week, the most the Danish manufacturer of autonomous mobile robots has
received at any trade show to date.

“Automate attracts thousands of companies from across the United States,
which makes it an ideal venue for us,” Mullen said. “The massive amount
of highly qualified leads we received at Automate this year compared to
when we first launched in North America in 2017 completely validates our
decision to exhibit at the show. We’re looking forward to 2021.”

Toothless Gearbox Takes Home $10,000 Prize in Launch Pad Startup

Another company seeing great success at Automate was Innovative
Mechatronic Systems B.V.
, which was the 2019 winner of the $10,000
Launch Pad Startup competition for its Archimedes Drive. This toothless
gearbox with speed reducer technology brings groundbreaking improvements
in performance compared to current drive solutions. Founder Thibaud
Verschoor and six other finalists had five minutes to present their
innovations before the judges chose the winner. One judge, Oliver
Mitchell of Autonomy Ventures, wrote
that IM Systems “universally stood out for its important
contribution…with potential to generate a billion-dollar valuation
with its promise of bringing down the cost of adoption and quickening
the speed of deployment.”

Automate Moves to Detroit for 2021
At Automate, A3 also
announced the date and location for Automate 2021. It takes place May
17-20 at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Exhibitors, participants and attendees
can find more information about Automate 2021 at the event website:
Booths can be reserved by contacting Jim Hamilton at (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the
benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas
that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for
Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging,
Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA) and A3 Mexico. RIA, AIA, MCMA
and A3 Mexico combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers,
component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and
consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation
forward. For more information, visit: A3RIAAIAMCMAA3


Kelly Wanlass
Hughes Communications, Inc.
(801) 602-4723
[email protected]

Bob Doyle
Association for Advancing Automation
(734) 994-6088
[email protected]

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