The History of IMTS

Highlights from IMTS 2000 - 2002

Views from IMTS 2002

IMTS 2000 began the new millennium with attendance once again over 100,000 visitors, 1.4 million sq ft of space and 1354 exhibitors coming to see and purchase the latest in advanced equipment and technology...the most productive machine tools in the world.

IMTS.COM became a rising star with over a 400 per cent increase in web site traffic. Exhibitors were able to purchase advertising packages to market their products and services and visitors were able to pre-plan their show visit and save countless hours at McCormick Place.

IMTS 2002 saw the worst manufacturing economy in history but over 1,350 exhibitors occupied almost 1.3 million sq ft of exhibit space. Over 85,000 visitors attended the show and while this was a decrease from previous shows the visitor quality and buying role took a step upward. Reduced company travel budgets and lingering travel concerns after 9-11-01 gave the show a different feel. Both visitors and exhibitors were looking for some good signs that the economy was coming out of its doldrums and the show did provide a shot in the arm to the beleaguered machine tool industry.

IMTS 2004 marked the celebration of the 25th actual show spanning seventy-seven years. One can only wonder what the organizers of the National Machine Tool Builders' Exposition (Sept. 19 - 23, 1927) would think if they could see the show and the awesome display of technology on display today.