International Manufacturing Technology Show

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The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), first held in Cleveland, Ohio in 1927[1] , is a trade show that features industrial machinery and technology. It is the largest manufacturing technology trade show in North America,[2] and in 1990 was renamed from the original "International Machine Tool Show" to reflect the growing scope of the show to additional technologies such as welding, lubrication, and materials engineering.[3]

The six-day show is held in even-numbered years at Chicago's McCormick Place and draws attendees and exhibitors from the U.S. and some 119 other countries. The 2012 show registered 102,000 attendees and 1,909 exhibitors across four buildings and 1,240,863 square feet (115,279.9 m2) of exhibit space.[4]

In addition to being an exhibition for suppliers of machinery and other manufacturing technology, since 2004 IMTS has sponsored the Emerging Technology Center, where new developments from both academia and industry are showcased. IMTS 2012, for example, featured a Local Motors Rally Fighter car built live right on the show floor, MTConnect, the open-source communication and interconnectivity standard, and MTInsight, the game-changing customized manufacturing business intelligence system.[5]

The show is managed by the Association for Manufacturing Technology.

An agreement between the AMT and the CECIMO (European Machine Tool Industry Association), which organizes the European-based EMO trade show for the metal working industry, coordinates the IMTS and the EMO such that every even-numbered year the IMTS is held in Chicago, and every odd-numbered year the EMO is held in Europe.


  1. ^ "IMTS History". The Association For Manufacturing Technology. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  2. ^ "IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 Sets the Stage for a Strong Comeback in Manufacturing". Internet Business Systems, Inc. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  3. ^ "IMTS History". The Association for Manufacturing Technology. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  4. ^ "IMTS 2010 sets stage for strong manufacturing comeback". Thomas Publishing Company, LLC. 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  5. ^ "SME and IMTS Unveil Plans for IMTS 2010 Emerging Technology Center". Manufacturers Group Inc. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 

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