Hannover Fair to join IMTS

September 16, 2010 - Deutsche Messe announced Industrial Automation North America, which will debut September 10–15, 2012, alongside International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Industrial Automation North America marks Deutsche Messe’s first manufacturing event in the North American market and stems from a strategic alliance with AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, the organizer of IMTS.

Industrial Automation North America will showcase products and solutions for production automation, complementing IMTS’ focus on machine tools, metalworking and precision manufacturing. Industrial Automation North America will take place every two years parallel to IMTS.

Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Board at Deutsche Messe AG, said, “IMTS is a well-established and highly successful event. As the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s largest industrial technology trade fair, we bring to this partnership a strong background in automation. We are confident that these collocated events will attract more exhibiting companies and visitors and bolster recognition of both, IMTS and Industrial Automation North America, as the continent’s leading destination for manufacturing technology.”

Wolfgang Lenarz, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Messe AG, added, “Industrial Automation North America is a continuation of our international expansion strategy. In 2009 we produced a total of 31 events outside of Germany that collectively hosted 12,131 exhibiting companies and 1.14 million visitors. With the signing of this agreement, we will have events in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Russia, Turkey, the UAE, and the U.S.”

Douglas K. Woods, President of The Association For Manufacturing Technology, said, “We are thrilled to reinforce the international nature of IMTS by having one of manufacturing’s premier trade show organizers join with us for our important North American event. We are taking a major step forward by bringing Industrial Automation North America to the IMTS campus so that we can expand and strengthen the range of solutions available to our common visitors.”

Deutsche Messe
Deutsche Messe is one of the world's largest and most active trade fair companies. Based in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe employs a staff of 886 and maintains 7 subsidiaries, 2 branches and more than 50 representative offices covering more than 100 countries. Deutsche Messe annually produces approximately 100 trade fairs and conferences that host 23,000 exhibiting companies, two million visitors, and 15,000 journalists from 100 countries.

AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Founded in 1902 as the National Machine Tool Builders' Association, AMT supports and promotes the U.S. manufacturing technology industry. The association provides U.S. builders of manufacturing systems with the latest information on technical developments, trade and marketing opportunities, and economic issues. It also gathers and disseminates information about world markets, promotes its members' products in those markets, and acts as a representative on manufacturing technology matters to governments and trade organizations throughout the world..

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