Convince Your Manager

When six leading trade shows – Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, Automation Technology Expo (ATX) East, EastPack, Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East, PLASTEC East, and Quality Expo – come together onto one show floor, you know it's going to be a must-attend mega event. Now it's time to show your boss. The show is entirely free, but you may incur some costs if you need to travel to attend. And of course, you'll need to make the case for investing a day or more of your time.

This toolkit includes:

Tips for Getting the Green Light
Top 5 Reasons to Attend
Education at a Glance
Expenses Worksheet
Sample Letter
Projected Expenses Worksheet

Pro Tip — Focus on what you'll bring back to the team to show the value beyond what you get. Keep it short, and powerful.

Tips for Getting the Green Light

When crafting your plan, think about the bottom line: Why should the company budget for your trip and what's the return on its investment?

Be Specific – Describe how attending will benefit your current projects, inspire new ideas, or address knowledge gaps on the team.
Be Solutions-Based – What issues pop up again and again? List exhibitors who could provide the solutions the team needs.
Provide a Post-Show Rundown – Offer to deliver a short presentation or write-up on your key takeaways.
Devise a Plan – Be thoughtful about time missed and who will cover for you while you're at the event.
Cut Costs – If other colleagues are attending, offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses.


Top 5 Reasons to Attend

While there are many compelling reasons to attend, we've whittled it down to the top five to give you a brief, hard-hitting list. Present these to your supervisor or slip them into water cooler conversation. Either way, they're sure to help secure your spot.

1. Comprehensive supplier showcase: Find the materials, components and technologies you need from among 700+ leading suppliers spanning the full spectrum of the advanced design and manufacturing industry.

2. In-depth industry education: With dedicated education hubs focused on medtech, smart manufacturing, and packaging right on the expo floor, you'll get conference-level education and training from leading experts.

3. Valuable connections: Build your industry network as you make connections from among more than 8,000 professionals representing the region's top companies throughout the expo, or at fun activities like speed networking and the all-new attendee-to-exhibitor matchmaking.

4. You're in good company: Industry professionals from leading brands know this event is a can't miss. In 2017, attendees to this event came from companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Nike, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman, Panasonic, FedEx, and many others.

5. It's all FREE: No other event on the East Coast brings you the industry's leading suppliers, brightest minds, in-depth education, engaging activities and so much more – all at no cost to you.

Education at a Glance

Over three full days, industry experts will share their insights through a variety of sessions tailored to novices and gurus alike. With three in-depth educational hubs on the expo floor presenting 35+ hours of content, you can build an education plan to address the specific needs of your department.

Smart Manufacturing:

3D Printing
Collaborative Robots
IoT & Connected Devices
Industry 4.0
The Basics of Automation Technology


Product Development
AR/VR in Medtech
Medical Device Connectivity


Regulations & Compliance
Packaging Design
New Materials
Medical Packaging

Expenses Worksheet

One question inevitably comes up: How much will this cost? The good news is this event is entirely free! You may only need to invest your time, or you may incur some travel costs. Make sure you've taken all costs into consideration and are prepared with a thoughtful answer.