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IMTS Show Cancelled

June 23, 2020 | By Mario Cywinski

The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has announced it has cancelled the IMTS 2020 show.

Instead, IMTS will offer two digital programs, IMTS Network and IMTS Spark, to assist exhibitors and the manufacturing community.

“The show has been held uninterrupted for more than 80 years, but now the global coronavirus health crisis requires the cancellation of what would have been the 34th edition of IMTS for the health and safety of our exhibitors, audiences and local business community,” said Peter R. Eelman, Vice President and CXO,  The Association For Manufacturing Technology, owner of IMTS. “Our organization and its members take immense pride in presenting one of the world’s largest manufacturing technology events, one that dates back to 1927. The cancellation is especially poignant because the show was poised to offer an unmatched breadth and depth of resources to help industry rethink, reestablish and reengage with supply chains disrupted by COVID-19.”

IMTS will return to McCormick Place as scheduled on September 13-18, 2022.


Visitors who have registered for IMTS 2020 can receive a refund on registration or transfer their registration to a tax-deductible donation to Miles For Manufacturing. Exhibitors will receive direct communications from IMTS.

IMTS Spark will be a digital platform that connects IMTS exhibitors and visitors, provides educational and networking opportunities. IMTS Network will live-stream features and human-interest stories from the manufacturing technology sector.

“In the near future, we will launch the IMTS Network and IMTS Spark to provide the IMTS exhibitors and visitors with connections, networking opportunities and technical knowledge,” says Eelman.


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