Detroit lures major robotics show away from Chicago: Here's how

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

John Gallagher/Detroit Free Press


Detroit boosters have long said that if we can just get outsiders to actually visit the city, we can sell them on relocating here.

For the latest proof point of that, consider the Automate robotics convention, the nation's leading trade show for industrial automation. For many years held at McCormick Place in Chicago, the show will move to Detroit starting in 2021.

That means more than 20,000 exhibitors and buyers of robots for use in many different industrial fields will spend four days in May 2021 in and around the soon-to-be-renamed Cobo Center. And the Ann Arbor-based Association for Advancing Automation, which represents the robotics and automation technology industry and which hosts Automate every other year, has already committed to hold the 2023 and 2025 shows in Detroit as well. [ Read More ]