5 Manufacturing Exhibitions to Attend in 2024

17 May 2024
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The benefits of attending manufacturing exhibitions are indisputable. By drawing together major players from the manufacturing industry, exhibitions offer crucial opportunities for staying abreast of the latest industry developments from automation to sustainability. 

Exhibitions inspire innovation. They ensure that businesses remain part of the progress in their industry and are well-placed to provide innovative solutions for the key issues facing their customers. Moreover, with attendees comprised of thousands of companies, exhibitors, and industry leaders, exhibitions offer unparalleled opportunities to network and generate leads.

The manufacturing calendar is vast but we’ve outlined five of the world’s largest manufacturing exhibitions.

1. International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2024

 

Manufacturing is back, and Chicago will be the epicenter as an estimated 90,000 people will attend IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which runs from Sept. 12 – 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. IMTS is the largest manufacturing technology show in North America. More than 1.21 million sq. ft. of exhibit space representing 1,815 exhibitors, the show features digital technologies that offer the fastest and most efficient means of solving the challenges faced by manufacturers and their suppliers
Photo courtesy of IMTS

 

When: September 9 – 14, 2024
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago

 

With 2022’s event boasting over 1,500 booths and 86,000 attendees, IMTS is the largest trade show in North America and a flagship event in the Manufacturing calendar. 

In the fast-paced technological landscape of manufacturing, IMTS offers an opportunity for manufacturers to keep their operations thriving instead of stagnating

IMTS 2024 is set to address manufacturing’s key talking points with “even more exhibits that feature robotics, advanced motion systems, vision and imaging, data analytics, systems integration, software, artificial intelligence, and connected technologies.

Expect high numbers of visitors, as IMTS reported that their exhibition space rebooking rate is “as high as it has ever been”.

2. Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) 2024

 

Photo courtesy of JIMTOF

 

When: 5-10 November, 2024
Where: Big Sight, Tokyo

 

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2022, JIMTOF is a major showcase of the latest developments in machine tools and related apparatus. JIMTOF has grown in scale to to parallel the IMTS in Chicago or the EMO in Hannover with over 100,000 visitors attending 2022’s exhibition. 

JIMTOF reports that 75% of visitors hail from the manufacturing sector, as such the exhibition offers myriad opportunities to connect with high-level industry professionals. For 2024’s event, JIMTOF has expanded the scope of its Additive Manufacturing Exhibition, seeking to “present AM products and technologies and providing information more effectively and continuously, aimed to create new opportunities for business talks.”

3. MSV International Engineering Fair (MSV)

 

MSV
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When: 8-11 October, 2024
Where: Brno Exhibition Centre, Brno

 

The MSV International Engineering Fair has established itself as the most significant industrial fair in Central Europe securing attendees from 1,312 companies and 60,000 visitors in 2023. 

MSV 2024 spotlights the machining sector, with the International Machine Tools Exhibition (IMT) held as part of the wider Fair. With its Digital Factory 2.0 project, MSV 2024 is looking to explore the “deep digital transformation of manufacturing companies, where the differentiating factor is the increase in efficiency when deploying artificial intelligence in key processes.”

4. Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week

 

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When: 5-6 June, 2024
Where: NEC, Birmingham

 

Since its inception in 2018, Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week has grown year-on-year as a must-attend event in the manufacturing, engineering, and technology sectors. The exhibition has increased its scope significantly in recent years with the number of attendees doubling from 5,221 in 2021 to a projected 12,500 in 2024.

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week welcomes major companies in the industry including exhibitors such as Siemens and Amazon RME. Speakers at the event include Carlijn Williams, Head of Marketing at Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions and Ioana Hera, Head of Improvement at Rolls Royce.

5. Advanced Engineering

 

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When: 30 to 31 October 2024
Where: NEC Birmingham

 

Advanced Engineering is one of Britain’s major engineering and manufacturing trade shows and returns for its 15th year in 2024. 2023 saw great successes for the show with visitor numbers reaching 13,000 along with its co-located show Lab Innovations. Moreover, Advanced Engineering reported that 76% of attendees were decision-makers or had purchasing power.

As well as an exhibition for engineering and manufacturing, Advanced Engineering is “a crucial converging point for addressing current industry challenges” and an opportunity to network with “a community of 9,000+ industry professionals”.

Don’t miss AMFG at Advanced Engineering in October 2024!

Save the date for 2025

 

Next year promises even more major events in the manufacturing and engineering calendar. It’s never too early to save the date for these next exhibitions and trade shows.

Hannover Messe

 

HANNOVER MESSE 2024
Photo courtesy of HANNOVER MESSE 2024. Photographer Rainer Jensen. © Deutsche Messe

 

When: 31 March – 04 April, 2025
Where: Exhibition Grounds Hannover

 

Hannover Messe is the biggest event in the manufacturing and engineering calendar. Earlier this year saw another successful Hannover Messe with 4,000 exhibitors and over 130,000 visitors in attendance at the event in April. 

This year’s agenda touched on topics at the forefront of the manufacturing conversation such as the automation of entire production plants and voice control of machines using AI. Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG remarked that Hannover Messe 2024 was “both an industrial powerhouse and a technology trade fair for the future.” 

 

EMO Hannover 2025

EMO Hannover 2023
Photo courtesy of EMO Hannover. © VDW

 

When: 22 – 26 September, 2025
Where: Hanover Exhibition Center, Hannover 

 

Held every 2 years, EMO Hannover is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for production technology. The event promises a vast scope of visitors and exhibitors alike with a focus on cutting and forming machine tools, automated material flow, and industrial electronics and accessories.

2023’s event saw 1,839 exhibitors from 45 countries and 92,159 visitors. A focus on the need for automation in the industry was high on the agenda. EMO 2025 is set to be “even more efficient and purposeful” with a shortened duration of 5 days instead of 6.

The Canton Fair Phase 1

 

Photo by Product School on Unsplash
Photo by Product School on Unsplash

 

Where: China Import and Export Fair (Pazhou) Complex, Guangzhou
When: (Phase 1 dates TBA)

 

The China Import and Export Fair (also referred to as the Canton Fair) is known as “China’s No.1 Fair and the barometer of China’s foreign trade.” The fair is comprised of 3 phases, with Phase 1 showcasing the latest in Industrial Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Processing Machinery Equipment, and Machinery.

Phase 1 2024 was held earlier this year in April and saw attendance of “125,440 overseas buyers from 212 countries and regions” marking an increase of 23.2% from 2023’s event. 

Phase 1 of the Fair is set to return in 2025 and promises to be a vital event in the manufacturing calendar as the fair continues to “innovate mechanism, create more business models” as well as promote “the high-quality development of global trade”.

At the cutting-edge

 

The landscape of manufacturing and engineering is changing at a rapid pace. Attending trade shows and exhibitions offers invaluable insight into the key issues facing the industry and their innovative solutions. 

Increasing implementation of autonomous manufacturing technologies and digital transformation continues to dominate the conversation. Buyers, businesses, and industry professionals have a unique opportunity to connect with the wider manufacturing community and ensure that they stay at the forefront of these developments – now and in the future.

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