The flagship event of IMTMA was started in 1969 and IMTEX was split into two, Metal Cutting and Metal Forming technologies, in 2009. IMTEX at present hosts only metal cutting machines and is held every alternate year during the odd years.
The show has emerged as the biggest machine tool exhibition in South East Asia. ToolTech is the exhibition held concurrently with IMTEX and showcase the machine cutting tools. IMTEX 2017 was the last edition of the metal cutting exhibitions and has attracted exhibitors from as many as 22 countries including India and hosted as many as 1024 exhibitors. The event also saw group participation from eight countries. The next edition of IMTEX will be held in 2019 at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.