Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina. SMMA-the Motor & Motion Association is the manufacturing trade association for the electric motor and motion control industries. This year's technical conference theme is "Motors, Materials and Manufacturing-What Lies Ahead." More than 120 member companies include manufacturers, suppliers, users, consultants and universities will learn about industry trends and technologies, identify new supplier partners and network with other motors and drives professionals. Eli Lustgarten, senior vice president, Longbow Research, will deliver the keynote presentation, "Will the 2011 Equipment Surge Hold in 2012 as We Search for the New Normal," on Wednesday, November 9th, at 8:00 am. Markets served for the technical conference include appliance, transportation, medical equipment, office automation and computers, aerospace and industrial automation. SMMA is the voice for the motor and motion industry, providing a forum for education, communication, research and networking.