A Fond Fairwell

AMT and Hannover will part ways after mutual agreement


After 10 years of a successful collaboration producing co-located shows at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Hannover Fairs USA "have mutually agreed to move in new directions," according to a November 2 press release from the McLean, Va., organization.

Automation demonstrations at IMTS 2022 emphasized solutions that were ready for immediate implementation without complex, extended training.


The move gives Hannover Fairs USA the ability to expand and both trade shows the flexibility to look into new sectors and initiatives. Automation demonstrations at IMTS 2022 emphasized solutions that were ready for immediate implementation without complex, extended training. AMT owns and produces IMTS, the largest and longest-running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States. AMT collaborated with the producers of the prestigious HANNOVER MESSE in Germany to create a concentrated version of the show for U.S. manufacturers seeking digitization and Industry 4.0 technologies.


“We have had a very fruitful partnership that brought HANNOVER MESSE USA to IMTS, increasing our audience’s exposure to an automation segment in manufacturing technology,” says Douglas K. Woods, president of AMT. “Co-location helped HANNOVER MESSE become a familiar name in North America. The show is now ready to launch its own independent event, and we wish them success and continued growth.”


The initial HANNOVER MESSE USA co-located show at IMTS 2012 occupied 23,350 square feet and featured 91 exhibitors, and the 2022 edition occupied 93,770 square feet and had 216 exhibitors. The IMTS 2022 show featured 1,211,206 square feet of exhibit space representing 1,815 exhibitors and had 86,307 registrants, including 11,715 students.


“Our co-location of HANNOVER MESSE USA has been incredibly beneficial. On behalf of everyone with Deutsche Messe AG and Hannover Fairs USA, we would like to thank AMT leadership and staff for the deep professional and personal relationships we have developed,” says Ed Nichols, CEO of Hannover Fairs USA. “The goal 10 years ago was to allow Hannover Fairs USA to establish a footprint that allows us to grow our portfolio, and we would not be here now without AMT.”


IMTS 2024 will take place Sept. 9-14 at McCormick Place, Chicago. IMTS is currently accepting applications for IMTS 2024 on its website, IMTS.com.

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