June, 2021

Hotel del Coronado

San Diego, California

“Where Manufacturing Executives Meet to Find Solutions for the New Global Economy”


June, 2021 | Hotel del Coronado | San Diego, CA

NAMTECH Exchange Summit is a unique experience. Held in an intimate, luxurious resort setting, our one of a kind event provides an ideal backdrop for keynote presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats, small group boardroom discussions and networking with your peers, industry experts and vendors. NAMTECH Exchange fosters a level of education, information exchange, and networking not attainable at larger format events and tradeshows.

NAMTECH Exchange is the ideal event for decision makers as we focus on the latest in manufacturing equipment, operations and emerging technology. General sessions will include crucial topics such as new trends and additional vital topics as outlined below.

2020 Key Topics Include:

- Reshoring Initiative and the changing Manufacturing Supply Chain

- IIOT and Industry 4.0 - A new virtual manufacturing workforce

- Cybersecurity in manufacturing

- Artificial Intelligence, VR, AR and machine learning

- Preventive Maintenance

- Trends in Robotics and Automation

- 3D Print

- 5G Smart Manufacturing and the Smart Factory

- Wearable Technologies

- Digital Transformation in Manufacturing



What is a hosted summit?

At NAMTECH Exchange Summit attendees are hosted, which means that complimentary airfare, hotel, airport transfers, meals and registration costs are provided to all qualified attendees in appreciation for their time spent out of office. We understand that time away from the office can be hard to justify, especially when there are high costs associated with attending traditional conferences. The hosted invitation gives attendees the unique opportunity to participate without any added expenses or strained travel budgets. From the perspective of an sponsor, the hosted invitation allows NAMTECH Exchange to invite a select audience of manufacturing and engineering professionals to discuss strategy, solutions and build relationships in a more intimate and business friendly setting than a large trade show or expo hall.

NAMTECH Exchange offers strategic-level insights into how these investments will improve recruitment, engagement, workforce productivity, operational efficiency, workforce experience and wellness. Key aspects include:

Keynotes, Fireside Chats, Panels and General Sessions:

NAMTECH Exchange keeps things simple by having only one conference track to focus on. Attendees will sit in on a variety of sessions covering the latest topics, industry news and respected insights from leading solution providers, industry experts and end user executives.

Case Study Breakout Sessions:

These highly interactive smaller group sessions presented by solution providers to an intimate group of executives give an inside perspective on the implementation and strategy of an actual customer use case. These sessions not only provide the vendors with feedback on end user wants/needs, but also promote candid discussions for end users to gain perspective from their peers within various industries.

1:1 Meetings:

Our 1:1 Meeting Zone allows our end user attendees, solution providers, and industry experts the perfect opportunity to connect with one another for 20 minute face-to-face meetings, which makes sourcing solutions painless for our executive attendees and makes connecting with prospective clientele cost-effective for our sponsors. Respected industry analysts and experts will also be present to discuss strategy and to help you move your roadmap forward. Attendees customize their own schedule prior to the event in order to maximize their time spent onsite.

Networking Opportunities:

Connections can be made at traditional trade shows, but with our unique format, lasting relationships are forged through a multitude of networking opportunities including the annual Golf Tournament to be held on December 7th. Attendees are able to network over two days and dive more deeply into discussions that cannot be had walking a trade show floor. We believe that quality over quantity adds a higher value to the conversations had, because only qualified attendees are invited to attend and only vendors that are capable of delivering solutions to major enterprises are eligible to sponsor.


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Steve Kline is Chief Data Officer at Gardner Business Media, Inc., a family-owned business that produces media for durable goods manufacturing industries, including Modern Machine Shop, Production Machining, Additive Manufacturing, Moldmaking Technology, Plastics Technology and Composites World magazines. He has produced forecasts for his family’s business and the metalworking and plastics industries. Also, Mr. Kline has been working on Gardner’s Capital Spending Survey, the Gardner Business Index, and Top Shops benchmarking survey since 2008. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in civil engineering and a MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Cincinnati.

Steve Kline

Steve Kline, Jr.

Chief Data Officer

Gardner Business Media, Inc.