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Event Overview:

In June 2014, the manufacturing industry united in Detroit at THE BIG M. This group of business owners, executives, engineers, professionals, educators, students, and policymakers gathered to share best practices, develop new collaborations, and further manufacturing’s renaissance in the Great Lakes.

We will meet again in June 2015 to continue the conversation, check the pulse of the endeavors launched at the event, and course correct as needed. We will tackle new challenges and find innovative ways to overcome the old ones – real-world solutions that can only be defined by harnessing the collective knowledge of manufacturers across industries.

Featured Technologies

3D Scanning & Imaging

3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Materials

Automated Manufacturing

Assembly Equipment & Systems



Contract Manufacturing Services


Cyber Security

Data Acquisition & Analysis


Energy Monitoring and Efficiency

Engineered Materials

Engineering Services

Environmental Quality & Testing

Factory Diagnostics & Analytics

Finishing & Coating

Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Identification & Marking Systems

Inspection & Testing

Lasers & Laser Systems

Lean Manufacturing

Machining & Subtractive Manufacturing

Manufacturing Management

Manufacturing Services

Metal Forming & Fabricating

Micro Manufacturing

Modeling & Simulation


Motion Control Systems

Non-Destructive Testing & Evaluation

Plant Engineering

Plastics Manufacturing

Product & Process Design

Process Engineering

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Quality & Measurement

Research & Development

Reverse Engineering



SCADA Systems & Software

Secondary Processing & Surface Finishing




-Manufacturing Enterprise

-Modeling and Simulation

-Business and ERP

-Cost Estimating

Specialty Metals & Materials

Supply Chain Management


Vision Systems

Waterjet Cutting


Workholding Systems & Fixtures

Attendee Information:


THE BIG M is about connecting you with the right people, the right technology and the right ideas to support your success.

The most influential companies in manufacturing will be there. They recognize that complex challenges require a new level of cooperation and thinking among manufacturers, suppliers, policymakers and other stakeholders. They want to share best practices and forge new partnerships. You can count on working sessions that bring collaboration to a new level – with real results.

It’s an unprecedented opportunity to meet the people, see the technology, and experience solutions that are transforming manufacturing.

The industry connects at THE BIG M.

Exhibitor Information:


THE BIG M is the Great Lakes’ premier showcase of advanced technologies, processes, and solutions that are shaping the future of manufacturing.

THE BIG M delivers access to the greatest concentration and diversity of manufacturers at one event. THE BIG M audience has one thing on their mind: innovation. They are looking for unexpected solutions from unlikely sources.

THE BIG M is your opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of technology, talent, passion, experience, intelligence, and growth of the Great Lakes region to advance your business today and build momentum for the future.


New technologies, new materials, and new processes drive advanced manufacturing and deliver new business opportunities. THE BIG M puts you, your business, and your people at the front of the industry, showcasing your innovations for the next generation of manufacturers.


Manufacturing’s brightest minds and most innovative leaders share how they are moving the needle forward. Attendees of the M | Conference are there to learn and build their networks – be there to make that connection and be a part of the conversation.


Located at the center of the exhibit floor, the M | Exchange optimizes interaction among attendees, exhibitors, and other manufacturing stakeholders. Presentations, informal collaboration, and discussions on emerging technologies take place here.


These dynamic, interactive exhibits showcase key emerging technologies through demonstrations, presentations, and displayed equipment, products and parts. It is an immersive experience for attendees and creates unique opportunities for exhibitors to connect.


The show floor is divided into unique zones featuring top technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing, including additive manufacturing, advanced materials, robotics, lasers, and automation.

About SME:

SME is an organization for individuals, students, educators and companies involved in all facets of manufacturing. Founded in 1932, it is dedicated to advancing and educating the manufacturing industry. This is accomplished through a variety of tactics and outlets including events, media, membership, training and development, and an education foundation. SME focuses its efforts on several areas of manufacturing: aerospace and defense, energy, medical and motorized vehicles.

Contact the event managers listed below for more information about how you can participate at the The Big M Manufacturing Convergence.

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Conference/Event Dates: 06/02/2015 - 06/04/2015
Conference/Event Hours: Tues & Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-2pm
Expo/Exhibit Dates: 06/02/2015 - 06/04/2015
Expo/Exhibit Hours: Tues & Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs, 10am-2pm
Classification: B2B
Primary Industry: Manufacturing - General
Other Industries: Management, Manufacturing, Manufacturing - General
Estimated Attendance: 6,500
Cost to Attend:
Audience: Exhibit at THE BIG M and connect with hard-to-meet prospects:
C-level executives
Senior management
Engineering staff

Industries from Automotive to Medical to Consumer Goods are looking to buy and source new
products, technologies, and services.
Notes: Attendee Job Functions:
Owner/Company Management/Corporate Executive 25%
Product Design and R&D 24%
Sales & Marketing 16%
Manufacturing Engineering Management 8%
Manufacturing Engineering Department (non-management) 7%
Manufacturing Production Management 5%
Manufacturing Production Department (non-management) 2%
Quality Assurance & Control 2%
Control Engineering/Automation 2%
Purchasing 1%
Other 8%
Venue: Cobo Center
Venue Phone: (313) 877-8777
Venue Type: Indoor - Convention Center
Number of Exhibitors:232 (Previous Year)
Exhibit Floorplan:Click Here
Show Owner:SME
Exhibitor Prospectus:Click Here
Sponsorship: Yes
Sponsorship Details: A select number of companies are invited to participate as sponsors with the second annual THE BIG M, the groundbreaking event that discusses the trends, impact and future of manufacturing in the Great Lakes region.

Booth Size Booth Cost   Available Amenities
0-200 sq. ft. $32 per sq. ft.   Electricity: n/a
201 sq. ft. and over $30 per sq. ft.   Water: n/a
  Generator: n/a
  Marketing Vehicles Allowed: Yes
Other Booth Sizes Available: n/a

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