DEARBORN, MI, March 24-The American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and Society of Manufacturing Engineers will collaborate on the Machine Tool Experience-Las Vegas (MTELV) event to be launched in 2011.

"We think this collaboration is an exciting development for MTELV," says Brian Papke, president, Mazak in the United States. "AMTDA brings the expertise of the builders and suppliers, and SME offers a broader awareness of the industry and future manufacturing trends." Papke is a member of both AMTDA and SME.

MTELV (pronounced metal-ev) is an industry event for machine tool professionals by machine tool professionals. It combines the features and strengths of the corporate open house, customer training sessions, client appreciation events and new product announcements.

AMTDA and SME will have equal representation on planning and operational committees. They will work with representatives of builders, distributors and customers to develop MTELV 2011, and expect to have more details to share with the industry sometime this summer.