IMTS 2012 Registration Reaches 100,200

Results for the 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 prove the continuing leadership of manufacturing in the overall economy as Show Management reports the strongest results in more than a decade. Hosting exhibitors and visitors from 119 countries, IMTS 2012, which ran Sept. 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, covered 1.248 million net square feet of exhibit space with 1,909 exhibiting companies.

Total registration for the six-day event was 100,200, which is a 21.6% increase over 2010, marking the largest show-to-show increase ever for IMTS.

Additive manufacturing, multi-spindle machines and multi-tasking machines were stars on the show floor. Spotlighted both in the IMTS Emerging Technology Center (ETC) and in several exhibitor booths, additive manufacturing continued to gain traction as a production process and excite visitors to IMTS. Recognized as the next major manufacturing breakthrough, this technology can reduce prototype and part development as well as eliminate waste.

"The energy level among visitors and exhibitors was at an all-time high," said Peter Eelman, IMTS Vice President – Exhibitions and Communications. "The most exciting take-away from IMTS 2012 is what it says about the prospects for manufacturing over the next year. The overall activity and buzz indicates that we are entering a period of sustained growth that will fuel economic prosperity and job creation. Visitors came to find solutions and innovative approaches to their manufacturing challenges. They found immediate answers throughout the four halls and long-term possibilities in the ETC."

Along with the IMTS 2012 Conference that featured 72 sessions and educated more than 500 participants, the show co-located six conference programs: IANA Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit, The International Society of Automation (ISA), The Motion, Drives & Automation, the EHS Today America's Safest Companies Conference, TRAM³ Aerospace Conference — Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials, and Midwest Clean Tech 2012.

The NIMS Student Skills Center at IMTS was also a hugely successful event with 9,325 students and educators visiting the 27 student-focused exhibitors.

IMTS 2014 will run Sept. 8-13. "An enormous amount of strategic thinking, talent and energy went into making IMTS a major success," said Eelman. "As we look forward to 2014, we will move ahead with innovation and technology advances that will keep manufacturing technology growing and vibrant for generations to come."

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