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Christopher Barger, Senior Director of Communications, SME
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April 20, 2020

The Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX) Rescheduled

Event shifts from June to September and co-locates with IMTS in Chicago.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., (April 20, 2020) — SME and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology today announced that they have rescheduled the Smart Manufacturing Experience (SMX) to September 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago, co-located with IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. SMX 2020, originally planned for June 2-4 in Pittsburgh, will focus the manufacturing community's attention on the technologies and innovations of smart manufacturing, or Industry 4.0. The decision comes after careful consideration and consulting with advisors and event partners and was taken in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize the importance of smart manufacturing to the future of our industry and know how important it is that innovators in this emerging space can convene to share knowledge,” said Sandra Bouckley, Executive Director and CEO of SME. “We are thrilled that our strong partnership with AMT provided us with the opportunity to co-locate SMX with IMTS, and we look forward to connecting the brightest minds and latest technologies to help advance smart manufacturing.”

Event producers expect more than 100 sponsors and in excess of 1500 attendees, conference delegates, speakers, and industry staff at the Smart Manufacturing Experience.

“The global manufacturing community will be convened together in Chicago for IMTS 2020 in September,” said Douglas Woods, president, AMT. “Smart manufacturing and the technologies that enable it will be critical to not only manufacturing's financial recovery but that of the whole economy and presenting SMX alongside IMTS 2020 in Chicago demonstrates the commitment of both AMT and SME to support manufacturing through every challenge and opportunity.”

The global smart manufacturing market was valued at $183.62 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $293.92 billion between 2020 and 2025. Because of this anticipated leap, this is an opportune time for all manufacturers to plan, invest, and implement smart technology into their business. They must also learn how to adapt and be flexible when regional, national, or global circumstances interrupt operations – and smart manufacturing technology can greatly assist this kind of contingency planning.

For more information about the Smart Manufacturing Experience, visit

About SME
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 87 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through the SME Education Foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT represents U.S.-based builders and distributors of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

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Conversations within the IMTS community are continuing on social media:
@ Twitter: @IMTSchicago or #IMTS
LinkedIn: The IMTS LinkedIn Group


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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 2020 will run Sept. 14-19. 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 as well as connecting the industry’s supply chain. IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2018 was the largest in number of registrations (129,415), net square feet of exhibit space (1,424,232 sq. ft.), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

IMTS 2020, Sept. 14-19, McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.
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