The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012


The 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 is on track to rank among the top five largest IMTS events covering almost 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies. The show will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 10-15.

IMTS Show hours vary from building to building.  The Lakeside Center (East) and West building hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; the North and South building hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.

IMTS will host 85,000 – 90,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries. They attend to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They also gain valuable ideas and insights from the world’s leading equipment producers.  They come to learn, to look, to buy and to network.

Enhancing the Value of IMTS for Both Visitors and Exhibitors
To feed the hunger for education in the industry, IMTS is answering with an increased offering of educational opportunities that are offered in conjunction with the show. Along with the IMTS 2012 Conference, the show is co-locating six conference programs, two of which are part of a new partnership with Deutsch Messe, at IANA.

IMTS Organized to Make the Most of the Visitor Experience
It has become clear that the IMTS community comes to the show to see and learn the latest technology, to buy and sell equipment and products that directly impact productivity. The show theme for 2012 is “Be There” and is a call to action for the industrial decision makers from all over the world who will attend IMTS to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges, but most importantly, to stay ahead of their competition.

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) will have the biggest feature yet – a Local Motors Rally Fighter car, built live on the show floor, as part of the Collaborative Manufacturing section of the ETC. Local Motors is the first disruptive U.S. automaker to enter the market in decades, and is built on the principle of collaborative manufacturing. The designs for its cars come from an open source design community.

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