LOS ANGELES – WESTEC, a premiere West Coast manufacturing event, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center with a renewed sense of direction and a new date – October 15-17, 2013. With the 2013 event, WESTEC will now become a biennial fall event focused on the industries and companies that make manufacturing thrive in the western region and beyond.

The decision to move the event was the result of several significant factors. One was the desire to build on the success of the 2012 event and the ongoing growth and strength of the industry. Another was feedback from WESTEC exhibitors and attendees.

Over the course of more than 40 years, WESTEC has grown into the premiere think-tank event on the West Coast for leaders from diverse industries. It has also become a showcase for innovation, including 3D printing and additive manufacturing, as well as micro and nano manufacturing. Last year’s event focused on those areas via a New Product Presentation Center and Learning Lounges to share information in a more intimate setting.

WESTEC, produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, is focused on addressing the evolving manufacturing industry, helping attendees network, build partnerships, highlight new products and processes, and showcase new solutions. The 2012 WESTEC event had more than 14,000 registered attendees and more than 500 exhibiting companies.

For more information on WESTEC 2013, visit www.westeconline.com.