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Shows are Back!

Category: Events May 7, 2021

  • In April, two premier industry shows took place in Mexico and China with stricter health precautions, but higher than expected attendance.
  • May 2-7, The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) held a conference event with exhibitors and sessions in Orlando, Fla.
  • On May 4, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced McCormick Place will open July 4 and will host the Chicago Auto Show July 15.
  • September kicks off The Manufacturing Technology Series regional shows co-produced by AMT and SME.
  • Sept. 12-17, 2022, are set for IMTS 2022, and its floor plan will be released soon.

Are these events signaling, perhaps, a robust era for manufacturing technology worldwide?

“The success of the recent shows combined with the careful planning and anticipation for upcoming shows cannot be overstated,” said Peter Eelman, vice president and chief exhibitions officer at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the owner and operator of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. “Coming off 12 months of pandemic restrictions and supply chain challenges, interest in digital technologies and foundational manufacturing is at all-time highs.”

International Shows
China International Machine Tool Show (CIMT), held April 12-17, in Beijing, China, was sponsored by the China Machine Tool and Tool Builder's Association and boasted 122,036 visitors. The decrease was just 12% from the 2019 CIMT show – and was likely a result of border restrictions. Chinese purchasing momentum has been strong since January 2021, reflecting an uptick in business and growing consumer demand.

ExpoManufactura, held April 13-15, in Monterrey, Mexico, estimated 6,000 visitors who were primarily Mexican nationals from automotive and aerospace OEMs as well as tier one and two suppliers. For the first time, AMT presented Transformative Technologies Showcase (TTS) to promote the available implementable digital technologies that Mexican manufacturers are fervently seeking after working through the past year restrictions.

In both shows, AMT's booth displayed the latest in subtractive and additive manufacturing as well as automation, digital twins, artificial intelligence, software controls, generative design, tooling, robots and cobots, and the interconnected factory using MTConnect®, the open royalty-free manufacturing communications protocol.

“AMT international staff reported enthusiasm for all things manufacturing, from improvements in foundational manufacturing on an incremental scale to the radical innovations that enable our industry to take giant leaps,” said Eelman.

As restrictions ease and vaccinations rise, industry shows are beginning to take place and be planned in the United States. The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) held a conference event with exhibitors and sessions May 2-6 in Orlando, Fla.

Manufacturing Technology Series
AMT and SME are planning four regional shows across the country where manufacturers, distributors, and builders can meet face-to-face for the first time in 18 months. Each will focus on the specific technologies used predominately in those areas.

  • HOUSTEX, Oct. 5-7, 2021, Houston, Texas
  • EASTEC, Oct. 19-21, 2021, West Springfield, Mass.
  • SOUTHTEC, Oct. 26-28, 2021, Greenville, S.C.
  • WESTEC, Nov. 16-18, 2021, Long Beach, Calif.

IMTS 2022
IMTS 2022 will take place September 12-17, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The floor plan will soon be released. Its co-located show, HANNOVER MESSE, is also working on its floor plan. Coming off the success of IMTS spark, IMTS 2022 will encompass an online presence to augment the in-person visitor experience, while also providing access for an audience that can only attend digitally.

Positive Outlook
“I believe our industry's perceived value to public well-being has been enhanced by events of the past year,” said Eelman. “This, combined with positive economic outlooks and the return of trade events, is a trifecta for positioning our industry well for growth and expansion.”

Remember to mark your calendar. Visit the show websites and get together with your team to talk about the technologies that can improve your bottom line.

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