IMTS 2018 Registration Now Open

AMT notes that strong economic growth bodes well for one of the busiest shows in years. IMTS works with McCormick Place to expand exhibit space.

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Registration is now open for this year’s leading industrial manufacturing event, IMTS—the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018. Manufacturing professionals across the globe will gather at Chicago’s McCormick Place, September 10–15, 2018, seeking technologies and innovations that will give their organization a competitive edge. As of January, 1,803 exhibitors have secured a total of 1,307,230 square feet of exhibit space, which is ahead of the previous show numbers (1,455 exhibitors occupying 1.27 million square feet) at this time. The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), which produces IMTS, anticipates that this will be one of the busiest shows ever.

The December 2017 Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 59.7 percent, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the November reading of 58.2 percent, which is well above the PMI of 50 that indicates economic expansion. Further, U.S. cutting tool consumption continued to grow year-to-date in November 2017, showing gains of 8.2 percent compared to the same point in 2016 according to data compiled by the latest Cutting Tool Market Report, a collaboration between AMT and the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute.

Expanding Venues

IMTS 2016 was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1,370,256). The 2016 show hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2,407). Anticipating a stronger show in 2018, IMTS worked with McCormick Place to expand exhibit space, including securing E Hall (see Floor Plan).

Located on Level 2 of the East Building, E Hall has been a successful part of IMTS’s history, providing easy and prominent visitor access and steady, fluid traffic throughout the show. For IMTS 2018, E Hall will house the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion and Tooling & Workholding Annex. The East Building and its Halls open one hour earlier than the South, North and West Buildings. E Hall offers visitors direct access from registration (next to the E Hall entrance), as well as from shuttle bus drop-off areas.

For IMTS 2018, Hannover Messe USA and its four co-located shows will expand into the E Hall. New for IMTS 2018, Hannover Messe USA will feature a digital factory display.

Because of its rapid growth, the popular Additive Manufacturing Pavilion has been relocated to the West Building and will include a second Additive Emerging Technology Center (ETC). The original AMT Emerging Technology Center will remain at the entrance to the North Building. For IMTS 2018, Modern Machine Shop’s (MMS) Top Shops and Today’s Technology Center (TTC) will flank the ETC, creating an emerging and top technology destination in one of the show’s most prominent locations.

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