Mesago, the organizer of Formnext – scheduled to take place in Frankfurt, Germany from November 15th to 18th, announced that over 690 additive manufacturing companies have already registered for the event.
This number outpaced the final number of exhibitors the halls of Messe Frankfurt hosted last year amid the uncertainties related to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s a sign that the trade events industry may have fully recovered from the pandemic – at least in Europe, given the fact that Formnext + PM South China has been postponed due to COVID-19. It also demonstrated the ever-growing fields of specialization that users of AM technologies could benefit from.
With a booked gross exhibition space of over 50,000 m² (an exhibition space that has increased by more than 34%), the event will feature an extensive program of supporting events that will contain both familiar and new highlights. This year’s partner country, France, will play a key role here.
“This successful development shows that exhibitors continue to see Formnext as the most important industry meeting point and an extremely valuable trade show platform, and also underscores the fact that, for many companies in the AM industry, in-person interaction is essential to successfully conduct business, drive developments or find partners and investors,” explains Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
France: a versatile, innovative, and diverse partner country
France is one of the most important European countries in additive manufacturing and has had a strong presence at Formnext for many years now. This year, more than thirty French companies, associations and research institutes will exhibit at Formnext and present their range of services to an international audience of experts. The French AM industry will showcase a very diverse portfolio of products and services along the entire process chain. Among them are internationally established AM giants such as Addup, numerous highly innovative young companies such as Lynxter, Pollen AM and others, as well as renowned industrial companies such as Arkema, BINC Industries, Constellium and Granges for which additive manufacturing is playing an increasingly important role. In France, not only the strong aerospace and automotive industries offer promising applications for additive manufacturing, but also construction and architecture, viticulture, medicine and many more. French partners and important AM associations, regions and research institutions will also be present at Formnext, with France Additive, Cimes, CCI Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Carnot network for additive manufacturing all in attendance.
The second day of Formnext 2022 (Wednesday, November 16, 2022) will be dedicated to the partner country, France, including partner presentations by Cimes and France Additive, a visit by a French delegation, and other events. A first taste of Formnext will also be provided by an industry event and networking reception in Grenoble on September 22, 2022. This event will be hosted by Cimes and partnered by Formnext.
A diverse program of supporting events
Formnext will take place in Halls 11 and 12, the most modern part of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. The diverse program of supporting events will also see the continuation of some established events that have been expanded upon. For example, the start-up challenge, which honors innovative and viable business ideas from young companies, will take place for the eighth time. The exhibitors in the start-up area will present themselves in brief pitches on the AM4U stage. There will also be interesting contributions on the topic of investment and funding. The ideas competition known as the “purmundus challenge” will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reception and special showcase entitled “Best of 10 Years”.
Alongside the established Discover3Dprinting seminars (in German and English), visitors to Formnext 2022 can attend the AM4U area to learn about the wide range of career opportunities within the AM industry, for example.
In addition, the high-quality conference program organized by Formnext’s content partner, TCT, will once again address current trends and developments in additive manufacturing in 2022, while the VDMAwill present a special show with valuable AM applications from the world of mechanical engineering and provide further insights with presentations on the AM4U stage.
The BE-AM showcase will demonstrate advanced developments in relation to the increasingly important topic of 3D printing in the construction industry. At the same time, the BE-AM symposium will present a large number of backgrounds and future developments in this field. The topic of standards, important for the entire AM industry and all users, will once again be discussed by experts and decision-makers from around the world at the renowned ASTM Standards Forum on November 14, 2022, one day before the trade fair commences.
Attractive early-bird discount for trade fair visitors
The ticket shop is already open for trade fair visitors who wish to plan their visit in good time. Trade fair visitors can avail of heavily discounted early bird ticket prices up to and including October 15, 2022. Inspired by Deutsche Bahn’s summer deal, there is also a 9-euro ticket for students.
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