COMPANY NEWS: FORMNEXT formnext is also becoming increasingly important as business platform

Editor: Franziska Breunig

Additive manufacturing is becoming more and more popular in industry. This has also been demonstrated at formnext 2017. Applications are increasing rapidly, the number of users is growing as well as the number of industrial areas in which additive manufacturing is used.

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(Source: Thomas Klerx)

For example, the plastic 3D printer used to manufacture production aids is almost as natural in some advanced companies as the 2D laser printer in the office.

The growth in the breadth and in the multiplicity of the applications results in the fact that the industry no longer perceives additive manufacturing alone as a future technology but looks increasingly at worthwhile applications and business cases. So it's more and more about the concrete business. "The AM industry and formnext as their leading trade fair have grown up," explains Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

The great economic importance of formnext 2017 for the entire industry was also shown by numerous exhibitors, such as SLM Solutions AG. At formnext 2017, the Lübeck-based company not only presented the new SLM 800 with significantly increased installation space (850x500x280 mm), but also announced the sale of 20 of these systems on the first day of the exhibition. "Numerous discussions and business deals directly at the trade fair show the high economic significance of formnext for us", was the conclusion of Uwe Bögershausen, CEO of SLM Solutions Group AG. "We are very satisfied with the expert discussions with representatives from numerous industrial sectors such as the energy sector, the aerospace industry, the automotive and medical technology industries."


formnext was also a worthwhile business platform for young companies. The Australian company Spee3D had also sold its exhibited machine on the first day of the exhibition. Dror Danai, Chief Business Officer XJet, also showed great satisfaction. "We had already achieved our goals on the second day of the exhibition. We have come a great deal closer to our vision of changing the AM market for metal and ceramics. "

Rainer Grünauer, Head of Sales AM, TRUMPF Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, gave the reason for the outstanding business deals at formnext 2017: "At formnext we meet all the customers we want to meet. formnext brings together everyone who thinks about additive manufacturing and it's getting more and more. "

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