Total registration for the 2012 edition of IMTS—The International Manufacturing Technology Show was 100,200, a 21.6-percent increase compared to IMTS 2010 and the largest show-to-show increase for North America’s largest manufacturing technology event. The 29th edition of IMTS, which occurred September 10-15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, featured 1,909 exhibitors occupying 1.248 million square feet of floor space.
Show organizers say the results prove the continuing leadership of manufacturing in the overall economy. “The most exciting take-away from IMTS 2012 is what it says about the prospects for manufacturing over the next year,” says Peter Eelman, IMTS vice president—exhibitions and communications. “The overall activity and buzz indicates that we are entering a period of sustained growth that will fuel economic prosperity and job creation.”
In other news, AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology and trade fair company Deutsche Messe AG have extended the strategic partnership that resulted in the debut of Industrial Automation North America (IANA), an event that coincided with this year’s IMTS. AMT, which owns IMTS, and Deustsche Messe, the organizer of Hannover Messe, announced their partnership at IMTS 2010. IANA is the latter organization’s first manufacturing event in the North American market. “Our inaugural event this year sold out of exhibitor space,” says Larry Turner, Hannover Fairs USA CEO.” In fact, we added 30 percent more exhibition area because of the strong demand in North America for a comprehensive industrial automation event.”