Interview

Germany: The next generation of intelligent industrial production

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Which companies are we talking about?

GF now has its own booth, as do Hermle and Sauer/DMG Mori. And we are particularly pleased that even more traditional companies in conventional technologies, like Antonius Köster, Bikar Metalle, Heraeus, Käfer Werkzeugbau, Kegelmann, Knarr, Lamy, Listemann, Werth Messtechnik and many more view Formnext as the trade fair platform of their choice. Formnext also develops nicely in the field of software, with well-known companies like Altair, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, IKOffice, MachineWorks-Polygonica and more. In the field of additive manufacturing, another major market leader, Ex One, has come on board. Thus, the global elite in this area will be present, with Additive Industries, Alphacam, Arburg, Arcam, Citim, Concept-Laser, 3D Systems, EOS, Envision Tec, FIT, HP, Keyence, Materialise, Prodways, Realizer, Renishaw, Ricoh, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf and Voxeljet.

What did visitors and exhibitors say about the inaugural show last year?

We had an outstanding 96% overall satisfaction rate for visitors to the trade fair's premiere. In particular, the quality of visitors and their decision-making authority were exceptional. Top decision makers from user industries around the world have visited Formnext, including many international OEMs from fields like aerospace, automotive, medical, energy, chemical, jewellery, clothing and many more. Indeed, some very high volume deals have been closed directly at the fair, particularly with additive manufacturers. But conventional manufacturers also explicitly praised the high level of internationality and competence of our visitors.

There are already a couple of other trade fairs in Germany dealing with similar topics. What were competitors’ reactions at the end of the first Formnext?

Our competitor in Stuttgart has congratulated us on Formnext's successful premiere and we have congratulated our colleagues on their successful Moulding Expo. Because of their different concepts, both events have their place in the market and will continue to do so.

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