While IMTS organizers are indicating that the 2020 tradeshow is still a go, AMT -- The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and operates IMTS, has created a COVID-19 resources webpage for manufacturers to share updates on government actions, business strategies to manage the pandemic, and opportunities to help the world fight this pandemic.
While AMT officials realize the coronavirus pandemic is affecting everyone's life and business, they believe that manufacturing will bounce back stronger and more engaged and that manufacturers will be laser focused on shortening the supply chain and redeveloping their supply base within the United States.
Former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, AMT Vice President Peter Eelman, and AMT President Douglas Woods
"To this end, IMTS 2020 is poised to play a critical role in the revitalization of manufacturing in the United States. With IMTS almost six months away, we are continuing to bring new and exciting features to the show and are fully committed to opening as scheduled on September 14, 2020," co-wrote AMT President Douglas Woods and AMT Vice President Peter Eelman.
McCormick Place, the site of IMTS 2020, is currently assisting in the crisis by converting several exhibit halls into a temporary hospital for patients with non-threatening conditions. FEMA & The Army Corps of Engineers are working diligently to get ready to take patients starting April 20th.
"We are getting regular updates from McCormick Place to understand what methods are being used to get ready for patients and what the sanitation / cleansing process looks like when this is over, so we can be assured McCormick will be safe for trade shows to resume in June and for our arrival in September," added Woods and Eelman.
To access AMT's COVID-19 resource page, click below.