After a two-year hiatus, Formnext Forum Tokyo has reported a strong return with an increase of 40% in turnout from the previous event, with over double the number of exhibitors present. Sixty-five exhibitors and 1,175 visitors attended the two-day event, which is hoped to signal a renewed interest in Additive Manufacturing in Japan.
“The visitor numbers are extremely high. Compared with other events we have participated in, the buyers here are clearly focused on Additive Manufacturing,” stated Takafumi Hieda of Mitsubishi Corporation Technos, an exhibitor at the Forum. “The more that exhibitors showcase their new products and success stories here at Formnext Forum Tokyo, the more the AM industry will develop through this event.”
A number of overseas suppliers also attended Formnext Forum Tokyo to engage in business discussions with Japanese visitors. Masao Koriyama of Conflux Technology, Geelong, Australia, commented, “We are an Australian-based company exhibiting to approach Japanese clients directly and in person. We are definitely satisfied with the new connections we have made.”
While still modest in comparison to other Formnext events, Formnext Forum Tokyo has established itself as the only trade show in Japan dedicated exclusively to Additive Manufacturing.
Shuhei Chida of Isuzu Motors Limited added, “I come to the show looking for technology to make aluminium moulds and I have been impressed to see that a good number of exhibitors could accommodate our needs. I have spoken to several companies to request quotations.”
With the development of AM technology in Japan, Formnext Forum Tokyo hopes to continue to support business networking, new product launches and information exchange. As a sister event of Formnext, Tokyo Forum is part of a series of international events including:
- Formnext: November 15-18, 2022, Frankfurt, Germany
- Formnext + PM South China: 2022, Shenzhen, China
- Asiamold: March 1-3, 2023, Guangzhou, China
- Formnext Forum Austin: August 28-30, 2023, Austin, Texas, USA
The next edition of Formnext Forum Tokyo is scheduled to take place September 28-29, 2023. www.formnextforum.jp