IMTS 2018Click image to enlargeThe uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has claimed yet another event. The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has cancelled the manufacturing sector’s flagship event, The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

“In light of these difficult and challenging circumstances, IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, scheduled for September 14-19, 2020 had to be cancelled,” said Peter R Eelman, AMT’s vice president and CXO in a letter to the industry.

Eelman went on to mention the Illinois plan for reopening, citing the state’s five-phase plan for reopening, which states conditions that must be met for the implementation of phase five, which include either the availability of a vaccine for the COVID 19 virus or a highly effective treatment protocol, neither of which, reads the letter, are expected to occur in the coming months.

 “We know a live in-person IMTS show can never be replaced with a virtual event. We do, however, realize and understand that even though there is no physical event in 2020, it is our responsibility to provide the IMTS exhibitors and visitors with connections, networking opportunities and technical knowledge. We do not take this responsibility lightly and, to that end, we will launch two programs that will accomplish these goals,” he says, outlining two ways AMT will provide this.

 IMTS Network: AMT will host the IMTS Network, live streaming a wide variety of features and human stories from the Manufacturing Technology sector. More information about this plan is coming soon.

 IMTS Spark: This is AMT’s digital platform connecting IMTS exhibitors and visitors. Eelman touted it as an educational and networking opportunity offering “first rate experiences,” but there is no launch date announced so far. 

Those who have registered for IMTS 2020 now have a choice to receive a refund on the registration fees or transfer those fees to a tax-deductible donation to Miles For Manufacturing, a five kilometre running fundraiser where every dollar is given to programs that prepare students for careers in manufacturing technology. The AMT says registrants will soon receive a survey to register their decision.

For more information on Miles for Manufacturing, click here.   

To read the AMT’s full letter, visit the IMTS website.

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