IMTS Announces Plans for a “Green” 2008 Exhibitor Kit


The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) announces plans to take its 2008 exhibitor kit to a greener state. The exhibitor kit will be provided on a memory stick that can be returned to show management for re-use for IMTS 2010.

“We believe it is our responsibility to reduce the ecological and environmental impact of IMTS in any way we can,” says Peter Eelman, vice president, exhibitions. “With every show-related decision we weigh our options to be more green. The exhibitor kit is one place we can potentially reduce the impact to zero.”

IMTS has a history of reducing ecological and environmental impact. For many years the exhibitor kit was a several-hundred page binder mailed to exhibitors. For IMTS 2006, show management made the kit available on a CD, reducing waste tremendously. In addition, the practice of making all exhibitor press releases available online rather than having paper-intense folders for the media will be continued for IMTS 2008.

“It is also fitting that the new McCormick Place West, one part of the complex in which IMTS is held, is the largest new construction LEED certified building in the country,” Eelman says. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the green building rating created by the U.S. Green Building Council. The rating system is organized into five environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, materials & resources, and indoor environmental quality. To be LEED rated, a project must earn points based on satisfying performance criteria in each category.

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts over 90,000 visitors from every level of industry and over 40 countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

Founded in 1902, AMT represents and promotes the interests of American providers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. Its goal is to promote technological advancements and improvements in the design, manufacture, and sale of members’ products in those markets and acts as an industry advocate on trade matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world. To learn more call (800) 828-7469 or go to [].