Top execs set the stage for big show's opening: signs point to robust metalworking economy.

Position:The view from IMTS 2008

Metalworking manufacturing isn't dead, dying or even sick for that matter. According to John Byrd III, president of AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the industry doesn't so much as have the sniffles.


What the metalworking industry suffers from is the wrong public perception.

Byrd says there is no better indicator of the industry's health than its biennial extravaganza, the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

The 28th edition of IMTS takes place Sept. 8 through 13 in Chicago's McCormick Place, drawing industry professionals from 119 countries. More than 1,500 exhibiting companies will be on hand, occupying 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, attracting an estimated 91,000 buyers.

Even before the doors open for IMTS 2008, Byrd says all the signs point to a robust metalworking manufacturing economy.

"Exhibit space sales always provide measure of confidence," says Byrd. "We surpassed our goal and hear daily from producers who tell us that production operations continue to demonstrate a need for highly capable new equipment. IMTS is certainly the place to find it."

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