Formnext 2017 Plans Expansion to Additional Hall to Accommodate Increased Exhibitor Interest


As of early February 2017, reservations for the year’s formnext powered by tct exhibition had early clearly surpassed the already high level received by the same time in 2016. “Our current registration rate shows that formnext 2017 will be significantly larger in terms of both space and exhibitors,” affirms Sascha F. Wenzler, Head of Division for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “As a result, we’re planning to expand from hall level 3.1 into level 3.0.”

Global players
At formnext powered by tct, leading innovative companies from across the globe showcase technologies all along the process chains of cutting-edge industrial manufacturing. World-renowned firms like Additive Industries, Alphacam, Arburg, Arcam, BigRep, Concept Laser, EOS, FIT, Materialise, OR Laser, Prodways, SLM, Voxeljet, and XJET represent a considerable portion of the global elite in additive manufacturing that have already confirmed their plans to exhibit at formnext 2017. This year’s edition will also be welcoming in Sodick, a key international player in the mechanical engineering industry. Until 10 March 2017, other interested companies can still take advantage of an early-bird discount to present their expertise among an audience of global market leaders.

Further areas set for expansion along the process chain
Meanwhile, formnext 2017 will be expanding its portfolio to include additional areas of the process chain, such as software, basic materials, pre- and post-processing, and quality assurance. Along with international market leaders like Heraeus, MachineWorks, Nikon, and Oerlikon, an array of other highly specialized companies will be showing off their innovative solutions for intelligent production.

A huge influence on investments
Thanks to the very high share of executives and decision-makers on hand, formnext powered by tct 2016 demonstrated the enormous significance it has with regard to future investments throughout the industry. High-level managers accounted for around a third of last year’s visitors, and nearly three in every four attendees were involved in investment decisions at their company.

formnext’s strong focus on industrial applications is also clearly apparent in the breakdown of its visitors: While those from the mechanical and plant engineering sector (25% of all attendees) led the pack, the event significantly increased its share of experts from the automotive industry (to 19%). Medical technology, aerospace, and electrical engineering were some other important areas of industry well-represented by last year’s attendees.

For further facts and figures, as well as information on early-bird conditions for interested exhibitors, please visit

formnext powered by tct
International exhibition and conference
on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Frankfurt am Main, Germany 14 – 17 November 2017

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. (

About Mesago
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 130 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (

About tct
Since 1992 the tct Group’s mission has been to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies for design, development and manufacture across all industry sectors. Through events, publications, websites and digital products tct delivers business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as traditional manufacturing processes such as molding, casting and CNC machining. The tct Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd (, part of Rapid News Communications Group. (

Source: Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

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