IMTS 2014 attendance indicates growing industry strength

Based on research following IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014, Show Management reports very strong results for the manufacturing technology industry. The 30th edition of the show, which took place last September, was the fourth largest IMTS in history and the largest six-day IMTS ever with registration of 114,147 attendees representing 112 countries. This was a 13.9% increase over IMTS 2012.

The trade show covered more than 1,282,914 million net square feet of exhibit space and hosted 2,035 exhibiting companies.According to post show reports, 93% of visitors found new products and ideas to use and an estimated $2.7 billion in future sales is predicted to result from the show. Half of the visitors planned on making a purchase in the six months following IMTS and 85% said they planned to make a purchase before IMTS 2016, which will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 12-17, 2016.

The "Strati," a fully 3D printed car, was assembled on the IMTS floor.   -Photo by Bill O'Leary

The “Strati,” a fully 3D printed car, was assembled on the IMTS floor. -Photo by Bill O’Leary

“IMTS was certainly a showcase for exciting emerging technologies like 3D printing, but we also saw that the product categories of great interest continue to be machining centers, turning centers and lathes, and tools and tooling,”  said Peter Eelman,vice president of exhibitions and communications at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “Interest in IMTS and the technology showcased there has continued unabated since the show concluded. The 3D printed “Strati” car created in the Emerging Technology Center was even featured on NBC’s Today Show in October.”

When asked why they visit IMTS, 71% of visitors said to see new products while 74% said to see specific exhibits and 57% went to see the varieties of technology. Another 86% said they found solutions to specific manufacturing problems and 64% of visitors reported making new business contacts during their visit. The make-up of IMTS visitors included corporate management (25%), manufacturing/production management (16%), manufacturing/production engineering (13%) and manufacturing/production engineering management (8%).

-Bill O’Leary

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