Record Breaker: IMTS 2018 Largest Show Ever

A rapidly transforming industry sparked IMTS 2018 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place to set alltime highs: The 32nd edition drew a record registration of 129,415 people and featured 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibit space representing 2,123 booths and 2,563 exhibiting companies. Previous records were 121,764 registrants (1998), 1,415,848 sq. ft. of exhibit space (2000), 1,808 booths (2016) and 2,407 exhibiting companies (2016).

AMT president Douglas K. Woods and Deutsche Messe CEO Dr. Jochen Koeckler opened IMTS 2018. The strong partnership between AMT and Hannover Messe USA helped drive record results at IMTS 2018, including 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibit space.(Source: AMT)

“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 – The Association For Manufacturing Technology –, which owns and produces IMTS. “Digitization collided with a robust manufacturing industry to create our most dynamic show ever.”

Historically, years between IMTS lead to incremental machine improvements, which are now reaching physical limits. “The velocity of change has become different,” observes Tim Shinbara, AMT vice president, manufacturing technology. “Analog technology yields linear improvements. Digital technology creates exponential growth and transforms how manufacturers and job shops operate.”

Notable growth areas at IMTS 2018 included an expanded Additive Manufacturing Pavilion that featured 51 exhibitors and covered 31,550 sq. ft., the strong partnership with Hannover Messe USA and its four co-located shows and 510 exhibitors, an expanded Smartforce Student Summit that drew 6,000 more visitors than in 2016.

“IMTS witnessed an unprecedented degree of collaboration among exhibitors to develop additive manufacturing, automation, and connected systems,” says Eelman. As an example, he points to the venture between 3D Systems and GF Machining, with their DMP Factory 500 metal 3D printing system unveiled to the public on the first day of the show.

At the center of Hannover Messe USA was the Solutions Theater, which hosted more than sixty learning sessions that dove deeply into important topics such as IIoT, intelligent manufacturing, and next-generation technology.

IMTS will be back at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 14 – 19, 2020. (Source: AMT)

Link: IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show, Chicago, USA


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