IMTA Services has announced that the 220,000sqm of exhibition space at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre is fully booked for this year’s ITMA show, with more than 1600 exhibitors from 44 countries and 100 companies still waiting to be allocated space in their preferred sectors.

Charles Beauduin, chairman of ITMA Services, said, ‘Since the last ITMA exhibition in Barcelona in 2019, the world has changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic and geopolitical situation. Despite various disruptions, we are glad that space in ITMA 2023 is fully booked. Companies are buoyant about the outlook of the market with most borders now fully open.’

Ernesto Maurer, President of Cematex, commented, ‘Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword; the industry has to move faster to adopt the sustainability agenda to secure the future of their business. During the pandemic, many of our members channelled their resources into R & D activities. ITMA 2023 is perfectly timed to offer our exhibitors an opportunity to showcase these new products and cutting-edge technology. If and when R & D is paired with sustainability efforts, this will be the formula for success.’

Activities running alongside the main show include the Innovator Xchange, which offers participants the opportunity to gain insights from the winners and finalists of the ITMA Award, as well as exhibitors and industry experts. An industry expert has been invited for each of the four featured topics: automation and digital future, advanced materials, sustainability and circularity, and innovative technologies.

The Innovator Xchange will be held from 9 to 13 June. Other events held alongside ITMA 2023 are the ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award, Innovation Video Showcase, ITMA forums and partner events.