Formnext is coming to the USA, Chicago!

This is certainly the biggest announcement we heard on the show yesterday (Thursday 18th, November). Mesago Messe Frankfurt, the organizers of Formnext and Messe Frankfurt North America announce a strategic partnership with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media. Together they will create one event in the United States dedicated to all aspects of industrial additive manufacturing. 

Since 2015, Formnext has grown to become the premier additive manufacturing trade show in the world, nearly quadrupling exhibitor and visitor numbers in just five years. In its drive to improve, grow and explore opportunities in the global marketplace, Mesago Messe Frankfurt is excited to announce that it has found the ideal partners in Gardner Business Media Inc (GBM) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, to launch the Formnext USA Chicago event which will be held March 14 – 16, 2025 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill, USA.

Prompted by the continued and accelerated adoption of additive manufacturing by both new and established manufacturers in the United States, Mesago Messe Frankfurt, AMT and GBM will debut a series of events with the Formnext brand to build their presence in the U.S. The initial showing of Formnext in the USA market will be at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which runs 12 – 17 September 2022 in Chicago at McCormick Place, the premiere business trade show venue in North America.

The AM4U Area presented by Formnext will launch in the IMTS 2022 additive manufacturing pavilion. The AM4U Area is a multi-use area on the show floor where industry experts present on topics such as seminars for the adoption of industrial AM, as well as, entrepreneurship and business models for start-ups and young enterprises. In 2023, the AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, Texas.

Launching in 2024, Formnext Forum Austin starts as a brand-new event of Formnext in Germany. This event features a range of topical seminars and exhibition areas and covers a variety of additive manufacturing and next generation intelligent industrial production solutions. The forum will provide attending exhibitors, speakers and attendees relevant industry knowledge and offer ample business and networking opportunities. Austin as a “birthplace” of modern 3D printing and an actual hotspot of the industry is an ideal location for the forum in 2024.

Formnext is clearly the premier additive manufacturing event in Europe, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with them to bring these world-class events to the U.S.,” says Douglas Woods, President of AMT.

The timeline for the new series of U.S. events is as follows:

2022: AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be featured at IMTS 2022 from 12 – 17 September 2022; Additive Manufacturing Conference 2022 continues to be co-located at IMTS 2022. The Additive Manufacturing Conference is owned and operated by Gardner Business Media.

2023: AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, Texas.

2024: Formnext Forum Austin will launch as a standalone confex (conference with exhibition) in partnership with Gardner Business Media and AMT; co-located at IMTS 2024 will be AM4U Area presented by Formnext and the Additive Manufacturing Conference 2024.

2025: The official launch of the Formnext USA Chicago trade show will be 14 – 16 March 2025 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill, USA.

The trade show will build upon Formnext’s world-class legacy and showcase industrial 3D printing equipment, postprocessing solutions, software, service providers, materials and more. This event promises to be a unique collaboration between Mesago Messe Frankfurt, GBM and AMT that utilizes each partner’s varied area of expertise for maximum impact and exposure. The group also invites other organizations to participate in the Chicago event, as the goal is to build a coalition of leaders with broad appeal to the additive and manufacturing communities.

AMT, a leading advocate for the growth and expansion of manufacturing technology, brings to the partnership a century’s worth of experience producing IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest manufacturing technology event in the Americas. The association’s members represent not only the leading technology suppliers in North America, but a growing and prominent community of additive manufacturers.

The marketing and promotion of the event will be handled by Gardner Business Media, a leading media and event producer in North America focused entirely on durable goods manufacturing. Gardner has several long-established industrial media brands that will support Formnext USA Chicago, including Additive Manufacturing, Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, MoldMaking Technology and Composites World.

Gardner reaches more than 350,000 manufacturing decision-makers as qualified print subscribers in North America, and we will dedicate the full force of our brands to ensure the success of this event,” says Rick Kline, Jr. President of Gardner Business Media.

Gardner sees additive manufacturing primed for growth in the years ahead. Not only does it offer previously unachievable options for improved design, material properties and lead time, but it also provides a digital production solution in the face of supply chain disruptions.

Petra Haarburger, President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Germany, the organizer of Formnext in Frankfurt, says that “Formnext USA Chicago offers both North American and international additive manufacturers an exceptional platform in the highly dynamic U.S. market.”

Sascha Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt added “Formnext has been a resounding success as the global meeting point in Europe, and we are confident that the combination of additive manufacturing, materials and innovative process technologies will also perfectly address the current and future needs of the North American manufacturing industry.”

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