Update: New 2021 Dates Announced in New York

Get the Go-Ahead with Our Handy Resources

You've done your research and know the East Coast's largest design and manufacturing event a must attend for staying current in your field—now it's time to convince your boss.

Pro tip: Focus on what you'll bring back to the team and the value beyond what you get. Keep it short, powerful, and company- or team-focused.

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Tips to Make It Happen

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

  • Determine the value – Show specifics on how your attendance will impact current projects, inspire knowledge, and eliminate obstacles.
  • Be solutions-driven – What issues pop up again and again? List exhibitors who can provide the solutions your team needs.
  • Provide a post-show rundown – Offer to deliver a short presentation or write-up on your key takeaways.
  • Plan for your absence – Whether it's working ahead or tapping a colleague to help out, explain how your time away will be covered.
  • Make it cost-effective – This event is free, but you can still offer to share a hotel room with colleagues or carpool to cut costs.

Why Attend

No other trade show in the region puts you in direct contact with as many innovative companies and industry leaders. The reasons to attend are many, but here are some important points to make to your boss:

  1. Access to exceptional companies: Source from suppliers including DENSO, Formlabs, and Phillips-Medisize showcasing their latest products and technologies.
  2. Industry-specific education: Explore two educational hubs with expert-led sessions covering medtech, packaging, smart manufacturing, and 3D printing.
  3. Make connections, fast: Mingle with your peers and find potential business partners across medical manufacturing, automation and robotics, packaging, and more.
  4. Six trade shows at one expo: Your free pass is actually six expo passes in one with access to MD&M East, PLASTEC East, ATX East, EastPack, Atlantic Design & Manufacturing, and Quality Expo.

Sample Letter to Management

Download a sample letter to use as a starting point while conveying the importance of the event to your boss.

Expense Worksheet

One question inevitably comes up: How much will this cost? Make sure you’ve taken all costs into consideration and are prepared with a thoughtful answer.