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International Manufacturing Technology Show canceled

June 9, 2020
IMTS 2020, which is canceled for the first time since WWII, will continue to offer digital experiences to foster connections, networking and technical learning opportunities

Citing health and safety requirements from the state of Illinois for holding conventions, IMTS–the International Manufacturing Technology Show–has announced that it has cancelled IMTS 2020.

IMTS will offer two digital programs, IMTS Network and IMTS Spark, over the next months to assist exhibitors and the manufacturing community. IMTS says it is committed to returning to McCormick Place as scheduled for its normal rotation on September 13-18, 2022.

"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 Eelman, vice president and CXO at the Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces 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."

Visitors who have registered for IMTS 2020 have the choice to receive a refund on registration or transfer their registration to a tax-deductible donation to Miles For Manufacturing, where every dollar is given to programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing technology. Exhibitors will receive direct communications from IMTS.

IMTS plans to launch the IMTS Network and IMTS Spark to provide IMTS exhibitors and visitors with connections, networking opportunities and technical knowledge according to Eelman. The IMTS Network will live-stream a variety of features and human-interest stories from the manufacturing technology sector. IMTS Spark, a new program, will be a digital platform that connects IMTS exhibitors and visitors, provides educational and networking opportunities. The organization plans to launch IMTS Spark in the near future.

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