The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) - 2018


IMTS 2018 will be the 32nd edition of the premier manufacturing technology show in North America. IMTS 2016 hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever (2,407) and was the third largest in number of registrations (115,612) and in net square feet of exhibit space (1,370,256) at the McCormick Place complex. IMTS is held every even-numbered year in Chicago and attracts buyers and sellers from 117 countries.

Event Type:
Trade Show/Exhibition
Oct. 9, 2018 - Sep. 15, 2018
McCormick Place
Chicago , IL , USA

IMTS: We Will Change Your Perspective.

IMTS Will Provide You With New Manufacturing Technologies & Ideas!

More than 115,000 industrial decision-makers, including many of your competitors, attend IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems. They will see new technology demonstrated ... and choose the best for their needs.

At IMTS they find ways to cut costs and get more work. They know that to survive and succeed, they must keep up with technology ... and stay ahead of their competitors!

Attend IMTS ... Dominate the Competition

The IMTS Conference Program Provides Solutions

The conference, where Technology and Business connect, brings together experts from the industry to give you the most useful and up-to-date technical information available.

  • Sessions complement what you see on the exhibit floor
  • Gain insight into improving your production and operations
  • Learn from professionals with solutions to your manufacturing challenges
  • Network with peers

The IMTS Conference program will focus on six topics: Process Innovations, Alternative Manufacturing, Plant Operations, Automation, Quality and Industry 4.0/IIoT.

Co-Located Shows

You can see a complete range of manufacturing technology solutions during your visit to IMTS, making this truly manufacturing’s most comprehensive event. Complementing the technology in the ten pavilions that you’ll see at IMTS are four co-located shows:

You'll make your supervisor look like the hero because superior employees know how to make the best choices using limited resources. Managers and supervisors who send their employees to IMTS consistently find their team is more motivated, more up-to-date on technology and trends, and more focused on reaching, and even exceeding, their company goals.

Attending IMTS 2018 can make the difference between your manufacturing operations thriving or stagnating. To crush the competition and succeed, you must keep up with technology … and stay on top of your game.

If you need senior management's approval to spend on travel and training, it's worth your time to develop a proposal so you can be part of IMTS.

Get Buy-in

  • Identify exhibitors and educational sessions that address your specific company needs
  • List your current priorities – cutting costs, more throughput, business development, diversification or other specific challenges and find corresponding education and solution providers you can meet at IMTS.
  • List your current priorities – cutting costs, more throughput, business development, diversification or other specific challenges and find corresponding education and solution providers you can meet at IMTS.
  • Explain the relationship between IMTS activities and your company's goals. It is important to be able to list and talk about the benefits and how you can make an impact.
  • Learn how you can successfully implement these innovations into your operation to cut costs, increase productivity and improve quality.
  • Discover new approaches to your current practices and analyze best practices.
  • Get practical solutions to your complex problems.
  • Network and discuss hot topics with other manufacturing professionals.

Everyone Benefits

Be a force of change in your company by bringing the knowledge home. Everyone benefits from your IMTS attendance because you can share best practices, success stories and practical solutions. And, you'll have the opportunity to transform your biggest challenges into your greatest accomplishments.

Learn at the IMTS 2018 Conference

The IMTS Conference brings the industry together, under one roof and at one time, to discuss new opportunities. Network with a community of your industry peers and explore fresh ideas to enhance your business. Leave with different perspectives on overcoming day-to-day and long-range challenges.

  • Sessions complement what you see on the exhibit floor
  • Gain insight into improving your production and operations
  • Learn from professionals with solutions to your manufacturing challenges
  • Learn from professionals with solutions to your manufacturing challenges

Develop Your Proposal

Put your ideas in writing submit a formal proposal to your department head. Be sure to include your intended schedule and why the knowledge you gain will be of value. List all the areas where you face challenges and the exhibitor and educational resources you will tap to overcome these challenges.

IMTS' show planning tool can help you make the most of your time and your investment. MyShow Planner allows you to build your own custom route along with a floor plan showing just the exhibitors you are most interested in visiting at IMTS 2018. The powerful search functionality allows you to focus on the companies and products you need to see at the show, and create a time efficient plan for your visit to the show.

You can choose to allow the exhibitors that you add on your MyShow Planner to see your contact information, allowing them to start a dialogue in advance of the event. You can also email your map to your supervisor to make certain you are both on the same page about what you want to see at the show.

Don't forget to include the cost of transportation, meals and lodging to make your proposal all-inclusive.

We have a sample memo that can help you sell the idea of attending IMTS to your manager.

After Your Visit

After your successful time at IMTS, follow up immediately with your direct supervisor. Give your firsthand impressions, share what you gained and how you will be able to apply what you learned. Refer back to your initial proposal and talk about how you fulfilled your goals and how you will implement the knowledge. Most importantly, let your manager know that your participation in IMTS was a worthwhile investment for your company.

After the show we'll send an email for you to login to the planner so you can see all the exhibitors who scanned your badge barcode during your visit to IMTS. This is a great tool for keeping track of all the knowledge and new contacts you met at IMTS.


Experience First-Hand the Manufacturing Technologies That Will Help Keep You on the Cutting Edge of Your Industry

To thrive in manufacturing, you must stay on top of the latest technology available.

IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show delivers the best in action. It’s the largest display and demonstration of global manufacturing technology in the Western Hemisphere and the largest gathering of the master minds that make it work.

Find out what IMTS has in store for your industry:

Industry Focus: Aerospace

Staying ahead in aerospace manufacturing calls for processing, engineering and quality capabilities above and beyond.


Industry Focus: Automotive

To thrive in automotive, you must stay on top of the latest manufacturing technology available.


Industry Focus: Mahcine Shop
Machine Shop

Breakthroughs are everywhere at IMTS. You'll find solutions you need from 2,000 exhibitors—the best the world has to offer—nearly a half million square feet of machine tools alone … plus tooling and workholding.


Industry Focus: Medical

IMTS is the place to dig in and learn the latest in everything from molecular and micro-manufacturing to additive manufacturing, plus everything you need for continuous manufacturing and automation.


Industry Focus: Power Generation
Power Generation

You'll find solutions you need from 2,000 IMTS exhibitors—the best the world has to offer. IMTS is the place to dig in and learn how to achieve the most exacting tolerances, understand the processes that help machined parts resist wear and premature failure and how to face the challenges of high-tech super alloys.


In addition to the intelligence you’ll gather on the IMTS 1.4 million-square-foot exhibition floor, you can choose from an array of conference sessions all designed to provide you with tangible insights that you can take back and implement in your operations.

There are several educational sessions during the week of IMTS. The largest and longest-running of these is The IMTS Conference – running from Monday, September 10 through Thursday, September 13, 2018 – jointly produced by AMT and GIE Media. Designed as a 4-day technical deep dive, offering both a 4-day and 1-day pass, The IMTS Conference features more than 70 sessions, attended by over 1,500 IMTS visitors. All sessions in The IMTS Conference are presented by subject matter experts from within the IMTS exhibitor community.

Abstracts submitted by interested speakers are reviewed by editors at several of GIE Media’s manufacturing publications to ensure that they are timely, relevant and are not overt commercial pitches for a particular product. While the technical subjects that are presented will cover a range of issues, they fall into these main categories:

  • Manufacturing Process Innovations
  • Alternative/Additive Manufacturing
  • Plant Operations
  • Quality/Inspection/Metrology
  • Systems Integration/Industry 4.0/IIoT

Registration for the IMTS Conference is now open. Visit to register for the IMTS Conference. If you already registered to attend IMTS, you can click the 'Access My Registration' button to add conference registration.

Co-Located Conferences at IMTS

In addition to the IMTS Conference, there are several other important presentations that are held during the week of the show, organized by leading manufacturing thought-leaders. These events include:

IMTS Brings You the Future of Manufacturing Technology

This is your chance to see the world of technology all in one place. Experience the latest developments and new features, including an expanded Emerging Technology Center.

Featuring more than 2,000 exhibitors, covering more than 100,000 square meters, will provide you with a large selection of state-of-the-art equipment, products and services.

  • Interact with leading manufacturing equipment producers from more than 30 countries
  • Compare technology side-by-side all in one place, all at one-time
  • Build global and professional relationships
  • Establish and benefit from trade and economic cooperation

IMTS makes it easy for international visitors. You can visit the e-mail stations for easy Web connections, or take advantage of information booths from machine tool associations around the world. We also offer you free Exhibits Only registration, visa assistance, airline discounts, and a free shuttle bus to and from your hotel and McCormick Place.

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