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IMTS 2012 on track to be one of largest ever

The 29th edition of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 is on track to rank among the top five largest IMTS events covering almost 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies. The show will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 10-15. IMTS Show hours vary from building to building.  The Lakeside Center (East) and West building hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily; the North and South building hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. IMTS will host 85,000 - 90,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries. They attend to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They also gain valuable ideas and insights from the world’s leading equipment producers.  They come to learn, to look, to buy and to network. Enhancing the Value of IMTS for Both Visitors and Exhibitors - IMTS has teamed up with Deutsche Messe to co-locate the first-ever Industrial Automation North America (IANA) with IMTS. IANA will showcase products and solutions for production automation, complementing IMTS’ focus on manufacturing technology, metalworking and precision manufacturing. IMTS Vice President Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman says, “We are thrilled to reinforce the international nature of IMTS by having one of manufacturing’s premier trade show organizers join with us and this is a major step in expanding and strengthening the range of solutions available to IMTS visitors.” To feed the hunger for education in the industry, IMTS is answering with an increased offering of educational opportunities that are offered in conjunction with the show. “It’s ironic because in the early years IMTS was actually an educational event and only turned into a buying/selling forum after World War II,” Eelman explains.