Highlights from IMTS 2004
By the fall of 2004 the five-year decline in manufacturing capital goods sales had reversed and recovery was underway. That was reflected both in attendance of 86,232 and in the return of buyer interest and enthusiasm on the show floor at IMTS 2004, September 8-15. Some 1,277 exhibitors filled over 1.15 million square feet of exhibit space and nearly all reported that eager crowds had delivered more leads and sales than they expected.
An innovative Emerging Technology Center, created in partnership with GE Fanuc Automation, presented manufacturing "technologies of the future" from leading universities and government research labs. With this feature, IMTS returned to its roots, since from the beginning these shows had been forums where the latest technologies had first been seen. The Student Summit drew 6,462 students and educators, 50 percent more than at the previous show, from 37 states and 11 foreign countries.