In total, almost 9000 international visitors attended the inaugural formnext event in Frankfurt, Germany, November 17 – 20, 2015. The event drew visitors and exhibitors from both additive technologies and conventional manufacturing backgrounds, however, dominating the show were Additive Manufacturing suppliers and producers, with whose support clearly helped make this new event a huge success.
“With an excellent ratio of visitors per exhibitor, the debut of formnext has really hit the ground running,” stated Sascha Wenzler, Vice President at Mesago Messe Frankfurt, the organiser of formnext. “Despite the tight preparation schedule, we managed to establish an excellent market position for formnext thanks to strong support from our exhibitors. At 42%, the share of international visitors at the event also sends a very positive signal.”
Mesago Messe Frankfurt reported that among those praising formnext 2015 was Rainer Lotz, CEO of Renishaw. “The additive industry is showing off its best side here; there’s nothing else like it in the world,” Lotz stated, adding that he was pleasantly surprised by the quantity and exceptional competence of those in attendance. “For our service department involved in contract manufacturing with additive metal components, the contacts we’ve gained have made formnext our best event of the year.”
For Stratasys, meanwhile, formnext proved to be a real sales platform from the first day. “We’re very happy and pleasantly surprised by how many attendees have come to see us. In our view, formnext’s first event has been a rousing success,” stated Karolina Radosevic, EMEA Event Manager at the company. “Our strong commitment to formnext was definitely the right decision – we’ll be back next year for sure.”
Among those describing formnext as the right exhibition and conference for presenting new products was Daan A. J. Kersten, founder and CEO of Additive Industries. “We couldn’t have made a better decision than to schedule the product launch of our 3D metal-printing system MetalFAB1 for formnext,” he stated. “Attending formnext 2015 enabled us to reach the exact target group we have in mind.”
“The visitors we interacted with were highly competent, and they included some new contacts with real interest in our products,” stated Deniz Okur, a Marketing Manager for 3D production printers at 3D Systems. “We’re now planning to prepare an even greater presence for formnext 2016.”
Formnext 2016 will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, November 15 – 18, 2016.