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April 27, 2018

Illinois Governor Discusses IMTS 2018

Chicago Ill., (April 27, 2018) — Illinois governor Bruce Rauner held a press conference yesterday at McCormick Place after returning from a growth mission trip to Europe. The trip included a visit to the HANNOVER MESSE show in Germany, where Rauner discussed the show’s upcoming presence at McCormick Place.

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner (at podium) held a press conference yesterday at McCormick Place after returning from a growth mission trip to Europe.

“We are so excited that IMTS is partnering with HANNOVER MESSE for this fall’s trade show, bringing a truly unique experience to Chicago and enhancing our reputation as a center for industrial technology,” says Rauner. “Thousands of visitors will have the opportunity to come and see cutting-edge manufacturing in action while enjoying all that Illinois has to offer.”

“IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show – has further enhanced its attractiveness as a ‘must attend’ international manufacturing technology destination by partnering with HANNOVER MESSE,” says Michelle Edmonson, Senior Director – Exhibitions Operations & Marketing. “Co-locating HANNOVER MESSE USA with IMTS 2018 increases the show’s emphasis on automation, robotics and Industry 4.0, with approximately 550 additional exhibitors occupying 130,000 sq. ft. of floor space.”

“Growth-minded visitors will attend IMTS 2018 looking for solutions that remove production bottlenecks,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. “For many manufacturers, simply doing more of the same thing in a larger space or adding more people isn’t a viable option. Growth requires change, and visitors view IMTS as a change agent. They come to the show knowing that they can find technologies that not just shave minutes off production cycles, but that can positively disrupt their manufacturing approach.”

The U.S. manufacturing industry is the second largest market in the world with a value of nearly $9 trillion. With a strong and growing economy in the U.S., IMTS and HANNOVER MESSE USA are set to bring a record number of visitors to Chicago in September 2018. The previous IMTS had 115,612 registrations representing 117 countries; visitors experienced 1,370,256 net square feet of exhibit space and connected with 2,407exhibiting companies, the highest number of ever.

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IMTS — International Manufacturing Technology Show

The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2018 will run Sept. 10-15. 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 visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2016 was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1,370,256). This show hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2,407). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

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