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FABTECH 2021 to Bring the Industry Together

FABTECH returns to McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., September 13-16.


FABTECH, finishing conference

FABTECH offers opportunities for those involved in the finishing industry to meet suppliers, explore the latest technologies and connect with industry experts and peers.
Photo Credit: CCAI

In the wake of a year without tradeshows due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the finishing industry and the manufacturing community are eager to get back together and get back to business. FABTECH, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, is scheduled to return September 13-16 in Chicago, Ill. at McCormick Place. The event offers opportunities to meet suppliers, discover the latest technologies, learn from industry experts and network with peers in a safe environment. The FABTECH team is working closely with McComick Place, the City of Chicago and vendor partners to ensure the health and safety of all attendees and exhibitors. Up to date protocols and safety information is available at

The Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) joined with FABTECH more than a decade ago to offer attendees the Finishing Pavilion and Conference, providing critical information on aspects of industrial surface finishing to the manufacturing industry. Since then, the conference has become one of the finishing industry’s most anticipated events each year. CCAI’s Finishing Conference track features 21 sessions, encompassing a wide range of technical presentations, from basic to advanced, addressing topics of interest for everyone involved in finishing technologies. This year, CCAI has added two additional workshops to the Finishing Conference program:

  • The CCAI Industrial Finishing Safety Workshop features critical information to safely operate an industrial finishing line, with special focus on the NFPA 33 standard for spray application. 
  • The Powder Coating 101 Workshop in Spanish, produced in conjunction with the Powder Coating Institute, provides Spanish-speaking attendees intensive instruction on the basics of powder coating technology and the processes involved.

In addition, FABTECH 2021 will feature the fourth installment of CCAI’s Fab to Finish Production Experience, a program that offers show attendees the opportunity to see a part produced from fabrication to finishing first-hand.

Information about conference sessions and registration information is available at