The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) held in Chicago last week attracted more than114,000 attendees, representing 112 countries.
This was a 13.9 percent increase compared with IMTS 2012.
IMTS covered nearly 400 million sqm of exhibit space and hosted 2,035 exhibiting companies.
Peter Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and communications for Association for Manufacturing Technology – the show’s owner, said he was happy with those numbers. While back in the dot com days they saw higher registration, Eelman said that in terms of real manufacturers attending the show, this is about as big as it has ever been.
Three trends highlighted on the show floor were automation, new technology, and how data is handled.
Eelman said that automation is key to the industry because there are not enough people in the workforce. As a result, machines have to do more.
The biennial returns to Chicago’s McCormick Place from September 12-17, 2016.