Formnext 2023 on target for record number of exhibitors

September 13, 2023

Formnext 2023 is close to a record number of exhibitors (Courtesy Mesago/Mathias Kutt)
Formnext 2023 is close to a record number of exhibitors (Courtesy Mesago/Mathias Kutt)

Formnext 2023, scheduled to take place November 7-10, 2023 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, reports it is close to a record number of exhibitors. Having nearly reached last year’s figures, and with just under two months still to go, the organiser has confirmed some 771 companies are now set to exhibit.

At Formnext 2023, Additive Manufacturing suppliers from around the world, as well as numerous start-ups and established industrial companies, will showcase the entire AM process, including materials, software, design, hardware, production solutions, post-processing, and quality assurance.

The number of international exhibitors at Formnext has increased to more than 60%, attracting professionals from the manufacturing industry worldwide. The exhibition features numerous joint stands, highlighting its global reach. In addition to the established presences of Hessen Trade and Invest, Bayern Innovativ, Berlin Partner, and the Chemnitz Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the number of international collaborations is increasing and will include Canada Makes, Nordic Pavillion, and the Victoria Government from Australia for the first time.

“Even in economically challenging times, Additive Manufacturing is taking on a prominent role in advancing the development of industrial production,” stated Sascha F Wenzler, Vice President of Formnext at event organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “That’s because state-of-the-art manufacturing methods like industrial 3D Printing can give companies a real competitive edge. A visit to Formnext can show you how this can be achieved – and you will find the right partners there to help you realise your goals.”

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Special showcase: Service provider marketplace

One of the highlights of this year’s supporting programme is said to be the Service Provider Marketplace. Organised in collaboration with Daimler Truck and Buses, this showcase is making its premiere at Formnext this year. AM service providers will present exemplary applications from the automotive sector, illustrating how Additive Manufacturing can be successfully deployed and the role service providers play in the process. Additionally, well-known automotive companies such as Daimler Buses and Brose will showcase how they are using Additive Manufacturing in production.

Advanced conference concept available to all

Formnext has made advances in its conference concept. For the first time this year, the presentation programme will be spread across three stages: the Industry Stage, the Application Stage, and the Technology Stage, which will be located in the exhibition halls.

These different focal points will cover important Additive Manufacturing trends, applications, and innovations from exhibitors, helping visitors to conveniently and efficiently find the right product or service. In this way, Formnext will promote important communication between technology providers and users, making the content publicly available to all stakeholders in the halls.

Extended, diverse supporting programme

The supporting programme for Formnext 2023 will include popular, well-established events with new elements. The ninth edition of the Formnext Start-up Challenge will reward innovative and viable business ideas from young companies. As part of the Pitchnext event, exhibitors in the Start-up Area will present themselves in short sessions.

During Career Day on November 9, individuals interested in job opportunities within the AM industry can learn about potential career paths, receive job advice, and have a professional CV photo taken. Additionally, companies seeking to enter the AM industry can gain valuable insight and advice through the established and daily Discover3Dprinting seminars, held in partnership with ACAM.

The Working Group AM at VDMA will present a showcase featuring valuable AM applications from the world of mechanical engineering. The BE-AM showcase will demonstrate advanced developments in Additive Manufacturing in the construction industry through real-life applications. Additionally, the BE-AM Symposium will present various background scenarios and future developments in this field.

The issue of standards, which is crucial to the entire AM industry and its users, will be discussed by experts and decision-makers from around the world at the prestigious ASTM Standards Forum. The forum will be held in cooperation with organisations such as USCS, ASTM, ISO, and America Makes on November 6, 2023, one day before the start of the trade show.

Visitors can benefit from an early bird discount until October 10, 2023. For tickets, click here.

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Formnext 2023 is close to a record number of exhibitors (Courtesy Mesago/Mathias Kutt)

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