News Release from AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology

For Immediate Release: August 17, 2020



Andrea "Andy" Kuchinski

Director - Marketing & Communications, AMT
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 The Association For Manufacturing Technology’s MTForecast 2020 is Going Digital Oct. 27–29, 2020

Features U.S. economic, industry, and machine tool business forecasts from leading economists and industry analysts


McLean, Va. (August 17, 2020) – AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which represents U.S.-based providers of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive – today announced that MTForecast 2020 is going digital Oct. 27-29, 2020. The new, digital format will bring together leading economists and industry experts as well as the forecasts, market analyses, thought leadership, and educational tracks that MTForecast conference attendees have come to expect. 

“The digital experience will allow conference attendees to access our expert speakers and analyses online from any global location and will include live Q&As, on-demand breakout sessions, and post-conference recordings,” said Chris Downs, director, Strategic Analytics, AMT. “Given the market uncertainty and volatility due to the pandemic, this year’s industrial production forecasts and market analyses will be particularly critical to executives for making strategic decisions in the next 12 months.” 

MTForecast will feature U.S. economic and machine tool business forecasts from nationally recognized economists and industry analysts, including: 

  • Mark Killion, CFA, director of U.S. industry, Oxford Economics 

  • Steve Kline, chief data officer, Gardner Business Media 

  • Alan Beaulieu, president, ITR Economics  

Additional speakers include: Jack Kirr, owner MT Analysis LLC; Jeffrey Radichel, president, The Next Step Inc.; Michael Rogers, author, technology futurist; and Harry Moser, president, Reshoring Initiative.  

Market outlook forecasts will be presented on the aerospace, automotive, medical, and oil and gas industries and will review projected growth, market and technology trends, global competition, and other economic data important to the machine tool industry. Tanya Bodell, executive director, Energyzt, will present the oil industry and investment outlook; and Richard Aboulafia, vice president, analysis, Teal Group Corporation, will present the aerospace industry outlook. 

“MTForecast focuses specifically on market data and analysis relevant to the manufacturing technology sector,” said Pat McGibbon, chief knowledge officer, AMT. “This year more than ever, manufacturing executives are looking for insightful economic and industry analysis, trends, and insights to stay ahead of rapidly changing business conditions and opportunities as well as ways to best take advantage of the recovery of the manufacturing technology sector.” 

For the third year, MTForecast will include three educational tracks. The Opportunity track includes presentations on aerospace, renewable energy, and other topics; the Strategy track includes presentations on sales and marketing opportunities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding the supply chain; and the Data track includes presentations on the fundamentals of machine tool orders in addition to other topics.  

For more information on MTForecast speakers and events and to register, visit  

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AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.


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