ProMat-The Biggest Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo of 2017 is Coming to Chicago April 3-6

Keynotes on Sustainability, Industry 4.0 and Magic Johnson on Knowing Your Customer Highlight ProMat Conference

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

When the material handling and logistics industry’s premier event, ProMat 2017, opens on April 3 it will include over 850 exhibits from leading solution providers and a comprehensive Educational Conference of over 100 sessions focusing on what's next in best-in-class solutions for manufacturing and supply chain operations. ProMat exhibits will represent all segments of the material handling and logistics industry, from traditional, manual equipment to computerized, automated systems and software.

The ProMat Conference will include four keynotes and new theaters on autonomous vehicles and drones and sustainable supply chain facility solutions. The Conference also features over 100 show floor educational seminars covering leading trends, best practices and state-of-the-art equipment and technology solutions that can make manufacturing and the entire supply chain work more efficiently and profitably. The Automate Show and Conference, sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation, is once again collocated with ProMat in 2017. The Keynotes are co-presented by ProMat and Automate.

"MHI has expanded the educational and networking offerings at ProMat 2017 to provide attendees with the best possible show experience and to connect them with the information and tools they need to tackle the challenges of today's ever-changing business environment," said George Prest, CEO of MHI. "ProMat brings the industry together to collaborate and develop into a community that shares knowledge and solves current and future manufacturing and supply chain challenges."

April 3 Keynote Panel: Building Supply Chain Sustainability for Competitive Advantage: Lessons learned from leaders in innovative facility design
Moderator: Andrew Winston, sustainability expert and author of Green to Gold
Panelists: Tamara Barker, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environmental Affairs, UPS
Randolph L. Bradley, Technical Fellow, Supply Chain Management, The Boeing Company
Rick Bingle, Vice President of Supply Chain, REI

April 4 Keynote: Industry 4.0 – How intelligent machines are transforming supply chains
Markus Lorenz, Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group 

April 5 Keynote Panel: Preview of MHI 2017 Annual Industry Report
George W. Prest, CEO, MHI and Scott Sopher, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

April 5 Keynote: The Power of Magic: Know your customer and where they are going
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises

April 5: MHI Industry Night with Dana Carvey

ProMat will feature an evening of music, food, drinks and entertainment by comedian Dana Carvey on Wednesday, April 5. Tickets to this event are $50 and include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI). The door prize for this event will be a trip of a lifetime vacation. Trip Value: $30,000. See official rules.

Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum on April 4 at ProMat
MHI has partnered with MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) and AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) to bring an afternoon of discussion, education and networking for women in our industry. Learn more.

Complete information on ProMat including complimentary show and educational session registration can be found online at

ProMat is the largest international material handling, logistics and supply chain show and conference held in North America and South America. The event will be held April 3-6, 2017 at Chicago's McCormick Place.  

For more information on exhibiting or attending ProMat, visit

ProMat is Powered by MHI
MHI is an international trade association that has represented the material handling, logistics and supply chain industry since 1945. MHI members include material handling and logistics equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers and third-party logistics providers. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for their members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. The association sponsors the ProMat and MODEX expos to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate manufacturing and supply chain professionals. 

Contact: For more information on MHI activities and programming contact Carol Miller at 704-676-1190.


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