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IMTS 2014 fourth largest in event history


September 22, 2014
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Sept. 22, 2014 – The 30th edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) was the fourth largest in the event’s history, with 114,147 registered attendees representing 112 countries. This is a 13.9 per cent increase over IMTS 2012.

IMTS covered more than 1.282 million net square feet of exhibit space, and hosted 2,035 exhibiting companies. IMTS 2016 will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 12-17, 2016.

“During IMTS 2014, there was a universal vibe among exhibitors, visitors and even students, that manufacturing is now the place to be,” said Peter Eelman, AMT vice-president – Exhibitions and Communications. “Media from all over the world covering the first-ever 3D printed car build created this one-of-a-kind feel, and the entire community was caught up in the excitement.

“Even more exciting to exhibitors was the fact that customers came with buying intentions and a confidence that has not been seen in the manufacturing industry in many years. The evidence is clear in a capital spending survey released by Gardner Business Media September 8, the opening day of the show, which predicts a 37 per cent increase in metal cutting machine tool consumption in 2015.

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