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Impact of Industry 4.0 Is July 14 Opening Keynote for 2020 Fastener Fair USA

As OEM customer factories become increasingly automated and electronically integrated, fastener firms must update their ways of doing business. Fastener Fair USA runs July 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Industrial distributors in many sectors are facing a reckoning as OEM customers automated the manufacturing operations. Parts suppliers in many sectors are heeding client demands for seamless connection to order and inventory management systems, quality documentation and chain of custody tracking, as well increased precision in parts counts and packaging.

This change, brought about by the adoption of Industry 4.0 – shorthand for a business whose manufacturing operation is electronically linked from order entry through production and fulfillment – is especially prevalent among global manufacturers.

How do suppliers of fasteners, fixers and related components respond? Yannick Schilly, CEO of Altix, will provide direction and guidance during his July 14 Keynote Address at Fastener Fair USA, at the Charlotte Convention Center. Fastener Fair USA runs July 13-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Altix, based in Mason, OH, advises mid-market managers on business strategy, technology and innovation, and operational excellence support, in the world of advanced manufacturing and international supply chain.

For the past 25 years, Schilly has successfully developed and executed complex global expansion strategies throughout Germany, China and the U.S. for a German based global Mittelstand company renowned for its advanced manufacturing operations. He possesses a profound and unique knowledge of global and international business, industrial best practices and excellence in advanced manufacturing, industrial engineering, logistics and multi-national supply chain management.

Prior to joining Altix, Schilly established and managed regional production and logistic centers in China and North America for a leading German based, international industrial technology company.

Schilly’s unique expertise includes all aspects of global and international business, market entry, industrial best practices and excellence in advanced manufacturing, industrial engineering, logistics and multi-national supply chain management.

A French native, who was immersed in the corporate and industrial arenas in Europe, Asia and the North-America, Schilly has built a vast business network spanning three continents and possesses a unique understanding of various business cultures. He speaks four languages and enjoys traveling with his family to discover new places, cultures and culinary experiences around the world.

Truly passionate about European-American affairs, Schilly currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the European – American Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati.

Schilly holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in General Management and Global Business from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany.

Registration is now open for the 2020 edition of Fastener Fair USA at Fastener Fair USA runs July 13-15, 2020 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

About Fastener Fair USA

Fastener Fair USA is North America’s fastest-growing trade show and conference event for the fastener industry and the manufacturing sectors it serves. Under new management by Reed Exhibitions, this dynamic and productive event serves as an important marketplace drawing fastener professionals from every segment and all around the world.

Operated by Reed Exhibitions, close to 2,200 fastener professionals participated in Fastener Fair USA 2019 in Detroit, surpassing the 2018 inaugural show in Cleveland. More than 270 exhibitors from 15 countries connected with customers in the aerospace, automotive, civil engineering, construction, energy, and machinery and other industries.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events organizer, with more than 500 events in 30 countries. In 2018, Reed Exhibitions brought together more than 7 million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed Exhibitions’ events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. With 38 fully staffed offices, Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

For information about Fastener Fair USA or to propose a presentation, please contact Bob Chiricosta at [email protected]

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