I don't think I have ever been more excited for a year of trade shows, conferences and expos (although, to be fair, I am also including CONEXPO & IFPE 2017). 

bauma 2016 in Munich, Germany, will mark the official international launch of OEM Off-Highway's European print distribution with our March issue. While our digital magazine, e-newsletters and website have been reaching international audiences for years, it has been a long-time dream of ours to have our print magazine reach beyond its North American distribution; a dream which is finally becoming a reality! This exciting first step will allow OEM Off-Highway magazine's universal coverage to reach new product development team members at OEMs around the world.

If you have colleagues in Europe that you think would benefit from receiving OEM Off-Highway magazine, make sure you send them to www.oemoffhighway.com/subscribe so they can be added to our international print circulation.

As a committee member for the past five years, another show that is near and dear to me is the AMC Engineering Conference (www.amc-online.org). This year, AMC Engineering Conference shifted its dates to April 19-21, so make sure you update your calendar!

This year also welcomes back MINExpo to Las Vegas on September 26. The quadrennial show will be a spectacle to behold with some of the largest off-highway vehicles on the planet shoved into the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. OEM Off-Highway is an official media partner of the show. Be sure to stop by our booth #878 in the North Hall to pick up the latest issue and say hello.

EIMA 2016 in Bologna, Italy, will draw attention to the continued mechanization of the agricultural industry and its efforts to create more efficient equipment. I'm interested to see if these shows will be effected by the global downturn in both the mining and agricultural industries, but I'm even more curious to see how the depressed industries have influenced vehicle design and system development that will be present on the show floor.

And of course, the icing on the cake will be CONEXPO & IFPE 2017 in Las Vegas starting on March 7. I have no doubt that this show will both overwhelm and impress, as it always does. Even more alarming is that it will be my FOURTH CONEXPO since starting on OEM Off-Highway magazine. It's amazing how fast the years have flown by. 

What shows and conferences are you looking forward to? What shows should be on our radar to attend? Let me know at [email protected].

Happy 2016 and safe travels to all!