USA – IMTS 2018, the International Manufacturing Technology Show, which ended 15 September, has set all-time records for show metrics.
Owner cum producer of IMTS 2018, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), proudly presented statistics on its largest ever IMTS show recently. AMT noted that the 32nd edition of IMTS drew a record of 129,415 visitors with 2,123 booths and 2,563 exhibiting companies on 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibition space at Chicago’s McCormick Place in Illinois, recording increased numbers, from registrants through to booths and exhibiting companies.
“Connectivity, the digital transformation of manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and a strong economy drove record numbers at IMTS 2018,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice-President, Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT, adding that the six-day show witnessed a high degree of collaboration among exhibitors to develop additive manufacturing, automation and connected systems.
In his address to the IMTS audience, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stated: “There are four reasons why manufacturers from around the world are coming to the state of Illinois to build great products – people, transportation, innovation and energy.” Rauner added that Illinois is the 17th largest manufacturing economy worldwide, generating 600,000 manufacturing jobs and producing manufactured goods worth USD$100 billion.
Historically, years between IMTS lead to incremental machine improvements, which are now reaching physical limits. “The velocity of change has become different,” Tim Shinbara, AMT Vice President says.
Notable growth areas at IMTS included an expanded Additive Manufacturing Pavilion, while the strong partnership with Hannover Messe USA and its four co-located shows as well as an expanded Smartforce Student Summit drew increased numbers of visitors compared to the last edition in 2016. Over 2,500 visitors attended conference sessions during the week of IMTS, with additive manufacturing and connected/digital manufacturing being the most popular themes at conference sessions, AMT disclosed.
AMT President Douglas K. Woods says: “Hannover Messe USA and IMTS bridge the gap between Silicon Valley technology and main street manufacturing.”
“We want all visitors to be more competitive in this global world. People need to connect and collaborate,” says Dr. Jochen Koeckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover Messe’s parent organisation.