IMTS 2016 News Release - The International Manufacturing Technology Show
IMTS - Exhibitions & Communications Department

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McLean, Virginia 22102
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For Immediate Release: February 17, 2016


Bonnie Gurney, Director - Communications, AMT
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Experience the largest display and demonstration of manufacturing technology in the Western Hemisphere.


McLean, VA.,  (February 17, 2016) - International Registration and Visitor Housing for this year’s leading industrial manufacturing event, IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, is now open. Manufacturing professionals across the globe will gather at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Sept. 12-17, 2016, seeking to explore the latest in manufacturing technologies and innovative manufacturing trends. More than 2,000 companies will exhibit at IMTS 2016, and we anticipate 120,000 registrants of buyers and sellers of machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes. 

Visit to register and view the website in multiple-language options, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese and Japanese.

International registration, which is complimentary for individuals that meet the international requirements for working in the manufacturing industry outside of the U.S., includes floor access to 1.3 million net square feet of exhibits. To add further value for international visitors, IMTS has teamed up with Hanover Fairs, USA (the U.S. subsidiary of Germany’s Deutsche Messe) to co-locate five shows that run concurrently with IMTS: Industrial Automation North America; Motion, Drive & Automation North America; Surface Technology North America; ComVac North America and Industrial Supply North America. Registration for any show provides access to all of them.

“The IMTS and Hannover Fairs trade shows deliver an amazing breadth of current manufacturing and industrial production solutions, as well as embrace emerging technologies,” states Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Communications at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS. “Spending three days at the show enables visitors to find new solutions, envision what might be possible, and connect with the leaders in the manufacturing industry. There’s no substitute for experiencing these shows in-person — IMTS is a must-attend event.”

Visas and Letter of Invitation 

Once registration has been completed, and submitted before August 18, 2016, registrants will receive an email confirmation, as well as a badge via postal mail. Attendees registered after August 18, 2016 can pick up badges on-site by showing their confirmation at Visitor Registration, located in every building of McCormick Place. Registrants are encouraged to begin the visa application process early, as it can take up to three months to receive a visa. 

In addition to registration and in preparation for the visa application interview, visitors may request a letter of invitation from IMTS to expedite the visa process. The letter of invitation acts as a supporting document to be presented to the Consular Officer during the visa interview.

“We recommend that international visitors request a letter of invitation well in advance of the show, four to six months to be safe,” says Eelman.

Visit for additional information about visas and the letter of invitation.

Book Hotel Rooms Now

IMTS, in cooperation with Connections Housing (the only official housing provider) has opened its reserved housing block to visitors. IMTS specially contracts the lowest room rates during the event, guarantees your room and offers free shuttle service to and from McCormick Place for all hotels within the IMTS Hotel Block. 

 “Do not wait to book your hotel room,” cautions Eelman. “Because of the size and popularity of IMTS, literally every hotel room in Chicago will be occupied. Even months before the show, you may not find a room downtown,” says Eelman. 

Visit to register and view the website in multiple-language options; visit to book a hotel room and begin planning your IMTS 2016 experience. Check out this fun video with the “Top 10 Reasons you should book in the IMTS Hotel Block.”

Conversations within the IMTS community are continuing on social media:
@ Twitter: @IMTS_2016  or #IMTS
LinkedIn: The IMTS LinkedIn Group -

Download the IMTS 2016 logo and photos –  
Leading up to IMTS 2016, we are featuring members of the IMTS community who shared what the show means to them. Read more at 
View the IMTS 2016 floor plan – 
Watch IMTS YouTube Channel – 


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IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
The largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  IMTS 2016 will run Sept. 12-17.  IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology, IMTS attracts more than 114,000 visitors from every level of industry and more than 112 countries.  IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.


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