Formnext Wins m+a Award

Formnext, the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent industrial production, was presented with the new m+a Award in the “Newcomer” category at a ceremony held in Frankfurt am Main on 2 December 2019.

Decisive for the award were the outstanding developments of Formnext since its debut in November 2015 in terms of exhibitor numbers (national and international), visitor numbers (national and international) as well as the exhibition area sold. “We are extremely pleased to receive this wonderful award. It crowns, so to speak, the outstanding performance of our Formnext team, which launched Formnext 2015 with a great deal of passion and commitment and has gone on to achieve ever best results,” stated Petra Haarburger, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, the organizer of Formnext. Sascha Wenzler, Vice President at Mesago and responsible for Formnext, added: “Without the outstanding commitment of the entire additive manufacturing community, our exhibitor advisory board, partners from science and research, our parent company Messe Frankfurt with its extensive network and media and opinion leaders, we would never have received this award. It is an award for everyone involved in Formnext and for a great joint achievement.”

Christiane Appel, Editor-in-Chief of m+a reports, recalled the difficult initial phase of Formnext in her laudation at the award ceremony: “Mesago Messe Frankfurt took a great risk with Formnext. The exhibitor industry has gone along with it. The commitment has paid off for everyone involved. The trade fair as a mirror of the market: That’s really true here.” The m+a report launched the “Project of the Year” award on the occasion of its 100th anniversary and awarded it for the first time on 2 December. It honors outstanding trade fairs taking place in Germany so as to honor the achievements of the project teams behind them. The award is presented in the categories “Growth Star”, “Newcomer”, “Evergreen” and “Futureproof”. In the first call, 28 projects were submitted.

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, 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 160 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. (

Background information on Formnext
Formnext is the leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. Formnext is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (

Background information on TCT (Content Partner)
Established in 1992, TCT Group’s mission is to accelerate design-to-manufacturing innovation. Through global trade shows, conferences, magazines, websites and digital products TCT delivers business-critical insights on the technologies that help manufacturers make better products, more quickly and cost-effectively. Through the TCT Awards TCT celebrates the most innovative products and applications across the design-to-manufacturing process chain. The TCT Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd, part of Rapid News Group. (

Background information on the Working Group Additive Manufacturing (Honorary Sponsor)
Within the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, about 150 companies and research institutes collaborate under the direction of the German industry federation VDMA. Here, plant engineers; component and material suppliers; industrial companies that work with metals and plastics; service providers in software, manufacturing, and processing; and numerous researchers all work toward the same goal: the industrialization of additive manufacturing techniques. (

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit our website at:

*preliminary figures 2018

Source: Mesago

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