Formnext 2019: Additive manufacturing inspires with best perspectives

30.11. 2019 | News
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34,532 specialists and managers (2018: 26,919) were swept away by an impressive Formnext 2019. 852 exhibitors (2018: 632) made Messe Frankfurt the stage for the ever-increasing fields of application of additive manufacturing. The move to the modern and architecturally-sophisticated exhibition halls 11 and 12, which was due to strong growth, has thus proved its worth.

Companies such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, Addup, Arburg, BigRep, Carbon, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori, Envisiontec, EOS, ExOne, Farsoon, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Matsuura, Prodways, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sisma, SLM Solutions, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, Xerox, XJet and many others presented even more efficient new manufacturing technologies and advanced solutions for their integrated industrial use. With BASF, Covestro, Cubicure, Dyemansion, Evonik, Incus, LMI, Sigma Labs and others, numerous internationally established but also young companies presented world firsts along the entire process chain. These included, for example, new 3D printable materials that significantly expand the application range of additive manufacturing, for example, in the aerospace, automotive, and railway industries, as well as in tool and mold making. In the important field of post-processing, numerous exhibitors were also able to present innovations that further advance the industrial use of additive manufacturing.

An impressive track record

"Even in its fifth year, Formnext continues its impressive success story", states Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext at the organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. "Additive manufacturing has definitely arrived in the industry. Together with our enormously dynamic industry, we will continue to accompany, support and advance this development as a trade fair organizer".

The visitors were also enthusiastic about the development of Formnext and the numerous innovations of the exhibitors.

Increasing interest from investors

For the industry, Formnext is an important business platform at which many companies record concrete business transactions directly on the exhibition floor. The still young world of additive manufacturing is also attracting more and more investors. At Formnext 2019, there was a significant increase in interest from venture capital companies and industrial companies who, for example, would like to become strategic partners for young companies. With the Start-up Challenge and the Start-up Area, Formnext in 2019 was again able to offer these companies an efficient trade fair platform to present themselves to an international trade audience and pave the way to a successful entrepreneurial future through contacts with investors.

Complete success for partner country USA

The USA was the first partner country to present itself at Formnext 2019. Visitors were able to experience a varied supporting program designed by the US Commercial Service and numerous important associations. The transatlantic AM Standards Forum, which took place for the second time at Formnext, further advanced the development of internationally uniform norms and standards for additive manufacturing. More than 50 US exhibitors presented themselves in the exhibition halls or at the US pavilion. "Formnext is very important for the industry and for US companies. This year the participation of US exhibitors grew by almost 40% compared to 2018, so that we could really show the variety of innovative products and services of American companies," says Ken Walsh, Commercial Consul of the US Commercial Service.

At the same time, the number of US visitors grew by 25%.

High degree of internationality

With an impressive degree of internationality of visitors from 99 nations, Formnext has once again proven its position as the world's leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production. Specialists and executives from various user industries were convinced by the latest developments in additive manufacturing and the ever-increasing range of applications.

2019 figures at a glance:

Exhibition space: 53,039 sqm 

Exhibitors: 852

Visitors: 34,532

Conference participants: 925 participants (booked day passes)

Further information: www.formnext.com

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