Hosted every other year in Chicago, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the leading manufacturing technology and machinery trade show in North America. The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is a proud participant in IMTS 2018, which will be held at the McCormick Place convention facility from September 10 to 15.

What to Expect from IMTS 2018

In 2016, IMTS hosted the highest number of exhibiting companies ever – 2,407 – in 1,370,256 square feet of exhibit space, with buyers and sellers from 117 countries. More than 115,000 industrial decision-makers are expected to attend IMTS 2018.

IMTS is an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to see new technologies, talk to tech builders, explore ideas, and find solutions to problems. Technological trends featured at IMTS 2018 include robotics, automation, quality assurance, additive manufacturing, and the digital thread.

“Because of the economic importance of the North American market, world-class companies plan their new technology introductions to coincide with IMTS 2018,” said Tim Shinbara, Vice President – Manufacturing Technology at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces IMTS, in a press release. “In addition, because of the velocity of technology expansion, products and concepts that were not ready for public consumption earlier in the year will debut in September at IMTS 2018.”

IMTS 2018 also features the inaugural HANNOVER MESSE USA. HANNOVER MESSE is the world-renowned trade show brand synonymous with industrial innovation, key trends and business leads. The event has long made a name for itself as a global hotspot for Industry 4.0 technologies. Co-located with IMTS, HANNOVER MESSE USA features a broad spectrum of industrial technologies.

Where to Find ICATT at IMTS 2018

ICATT Apprenticeship Program – Graduation Ceremony 2018

Help ICATT celebrate the very first graduation ceremony for graduates of the ICATT Apprenticeship Program (cohort 2015-2018). Mark this milestone, meet ICATT Apprentices, and network with other workforce development professionals.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

McCormick Place

South Building

5 Floor (Room S505)


Skills Conference

Get the latest updates on certified apprenticeship programs and learn about how to improve workforce development innovation in the future.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

McCormick Place

Contact Steven Pawlowicz [] for more information.

German Night Reception

Join industry professionals from diverse German, U.S., and global manufacturing sectors at the sixth German Night Reception, hosted by GACC Midwest.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

McCormick Place

South Building

4 Floor (Vista Room Lobby)


Smartforce Student Summit

Meet the ICATT team and learn about exciting opportunities launching a career in manufacturing. Drop by the ICATT Apprenticeship Program booth at the Smartforce Student Summit throughout all six days of IMTS.

September 10 – 15, 2018, 9:00 – 3:00

McCormick Place

North Building Level 1 at the Smartforce Student Summit

Booth 215430

Learn more about the ICATT Apprenticeship Program at IMTS 2018.