Event preview Germany: formnext 2017

Editor: Franziska Breunig

The event is all set for record-breaking 2017 with 53% more exhibitors, numerous world premieres, and a diverse array of innovative supporting events.

The previous edition of formnext.
The previous edition of formnext.
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In just its third year, formnext powered by tct is poised to set a remarkable record in drawing 471 exhibitors from 33 countries – an increase of 53% compared to 2016 (307). Scheduled to take place in Frankfurt am Main from November 14-17, the 2017 edition will span two levels of halls for the first time. It will also raise the bar once again in terms of its international character, the global market leaders set to attend, and the sheer amount of innovations from various areas all along the process chain. On top of all this, formnext will provide even more value through a multifaceted and innovative lineup of supporting events.

The exhibition space is also set to expand by more than 50 per cent – from 18,700 to around 28,000 square meters. “This impressive growth underscores formnext’s status as the leading international conference and exhibition for additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent production solutions,” states Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

An extraordinary international presence

True to its billing as an international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies, formnext boasts an impressive international attendance rate of around 51.5%, with companies participating from 33 countries. Leading this year’s list of nations are China (13.2% of the international exhibitors), the United States (10.7%), France (8.6%), Great Britain (7.4%), South Korea and the Netherlands (7.0% each), Spain and Italy (5.8% each), Poland (4.9%) and Austria (4.5% each).

Featuring the global elite of additive manufacturing

In 2017, formnext will once again present the global elite of additive manufacturing, including 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Arburg, Arcam, BigRep, Concept Laser, Dassault, Envisiontec, EOS, Formlabs, FIT, HP, Keyence, Materialise, O.R. Laser, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, XJet, and, for the first time this year, Desktop Metal. In another first, GE Additive’s family of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies will be assembled under the same roof. An array of highly innovative young AM companies from all across the world will be showing off their latest developments, as well. Visitors to formnext will be treated to numerous world and European premieres, as well as technology-driven product developments.

Two stages in parallel at formnext conference

Following the huge success of previous years, the formnext powered by tct conference will present the future of additive manufacturing for the first time on two stages in parallel on all four days of the event. A total of 54 presentations from leading global experts in the additive industries will feature applications, developments, and findings from international industrial firms and research institutes, including Airbus, Deutsche Bahn, Honeywell, Premium Aerotec, and Volkswagen. It's safe to say that the formnext conference will once again serve as an international think tank capable of providing attendees with extraordinary added value in 2017.

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