formnext 2016 Affirms Reputation as Worldwide Attraction and Engine of Innovation

By Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

This year’s event was another complete success: In Frankfurt am Main, on 15 –18 November, formnext powered by tct served as a showcase and key catalyst of the combination of additive manufacturing and conventional technologies. Formnext focuses in particular on the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions.

Success story of formnext powered by tct continues
In 2015, the very first formnext had already established itself as a leading international gathering at the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt. For four days, this year’s event wowed visitors from across the globe with its diverse array of groundbreaking developments and world premieres. 307 exhibitors presented their cutting-edge portfolios to 13,384 attendees and informed them about the efficient realization of parts and products from design to serial production.

Conference formnext powered by tct 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Conference formnext powered by tct 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, was clearly pleased with this year’s results:

“formnext 2016 sets a clear statement. Already with the second edition it established a fixed place in the event calendars of the related industries. This success is underlined by an increase of more than 50 percent exhibitors from 28 countries and an increase of 49 percent trade visitors.”

The attendees themselves also praised the quality of everything formnext had to offer.

“The trade fair is a good trendsetter for sure and the displayed technologies are simply breathtaking. Definitely a highlight for me this year,” explains Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Schech, Head of Sales Baumüller Reparaturwerk GmbH & Co. KG, Nuremberg, Germany.

Ralf Deuke, Managing Director Creabis GmbH near to Munich, adds: “Formnext 2017 is for me a fixed date, whatever happens.”

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 - visit of Minister Al-Wazir (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 – visit of Minister Al-Wazir (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

An international business platform
Another impressive aspect of formnext 2016 was its international flavor, with 44 percent of visitors attending from outside of Germany. They included representatives from global OEMs and leading firms from a range of industries. The high level of visitor traffic and excellent overall atmosphere resulted in some very happy exhibitors, as well:

“During the first days our booth was completely crowded with international qualified visitors, among them representatives from OEMs as Bosch and BMW. Overall an extremely positive trade show experience,” says Uri Resnik, CEO at OR Laser from Dieburg, Germany.

“For us formnext is every year the starting point for developing our 3D future,” adds Massimo Petrilli, Sales and Marketing Manager at SISMA S.p.A., Piovene Rocchette, from Italy.

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Conference features top speakers on sports, science and industry In cooperation with tct, the formnext conference took a closer look at the future of additive manufacturing on all four days of the exhibition. Its prominent speakers included German Paralympic champion Denise Schindler and numerous world-renowned experts from the field of 3D printing. The conference drew a total of 647 participants (day passes reserved) from 25 countries, who broadened their knowledge of current and future developments and examples of specific applications.

Promoting creative minds and start-ups Also attracting considerable interest on the formnext agenda were two competitions: the Start-up Challenge and the Purmundus Challenge. The creative ideas submitted to these events from the world of 3D printing allowed attendees a glimpse of the future possibilities in additive production. In the Start-up Area, visitors also had the opportunity to marvel at exhibits of the year’s winning entries from young entrepreneurs.

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 - award ceremony Purmundus challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 – award ceremony Purmundus challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 - award ceremony Start-up Challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Exhibition formnext powered by tct 2016 – award ceremony Start-up Challenge (Photo courtesy of Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

The next formnext powered by tct is scheduled to take place on 14 – 17 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main.

Formnext 2016 in figures:

  • Exhibition space: 18,702 m²
  • Exhibitors: 307
  • Visitors: 13,384
  • Conference participants: 647 (day passes reserved)

About formnext
Formnext powered by tct brings exhibitors involved in additive manufacturing and more conventional industrial production technologies together with the manufacturing industry itself. Each year, the event presents the next generation of intelligent industrial manufacturing in the international exhibition hub of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In doing so, it focuses on the efficient realization of product concepts, from their design to eventual mass production. The conference set to take place alongside the exhibition will also highlight the latest trends and issues in additive manufacturing, along with clever ways in which it can be integrated into process chains in industrial production. The conference’s content is designed by Rapidnews/tct + Personalize. Formnext powered by tct is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (formnext.com)

Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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