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IMTS 2016 Post Show Report

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We learned IMTS 2016 had more visitors, exhibitors, and square footage than IMTS 2014. Now find out the details of the IMTS visitor data in the IMTS 2016 Post Show Report.

The top five job functions of IMTS visitors were:

  2016 2014
Corporate Management 26% 25%
Manufacturing Production Engineering 15% 13%
Sales and Marketing 14% 13%
Manufacturing/Production Management 10% 16%
Manufacturing/ Production Other 8% 6%

The job function breakdown for IMTS 2016 has not changed much from 2014. The most notable increase came from visitors with R&D job functions, which grew this year to 11% from 8% in 2014.

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Plant Size

By plant size, the visitor percentages of IMTS 2016 did not show significant fluctuation compared to IMTS 2014. 56% of visitors came from plants with 99 or less employees, followed by 27% coming from plants with 100-499 employees. 10% of IMTS visitors came from a plant of 1,000 or more employees. 

The Biggest Jump

In terms of buying authority, visitors who “identify the need for new products or equipment” increased to 43% from 39% in 2014.

What's the Big Take-away?

IMTS 2016 had the highest number of exhibitors in history. It was the third largest show for registration and exhibit space. Only IMTS 1998 and IMTS 2000 were larger and mainly a result of the dot com boom. “It’s not about size, but the increase in numbers tell us that advanced manufacturing is strengthening – a good sign for our economy,” said Pat McGibbon, Vice President – Strategic Analytics, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

“IMTS has grown not only in size, but in the overall scope of manufacturing,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT, which owns and manages IMTS. “There are more compelling reasons for people to attend. Whether they come to research new technology, evaluate vendors before purchasing, find solutions or connect with the leaders in the manufacturing industry, there is simply no substitute for attending IMTS.”

The Numbers

  2016 2014
Visitors 115,612 114,147
Number of Exhibitors 2,407 2,035
Booths 1,812 1,397
Square Footage 1,370.256 sq. ft. 1,282,914 sq. ft.

» View IMTS 2016 Wrap Up


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