Formnext organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt and Messe Frankfurt North America have announced that, in partnership with Gardner Business Media Inc (GBM) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), they will launch Formnext USA in 2025. The event is scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois, at McCormick Place, from March 14–16.
AMT will bring with it its experience producing IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, reportedly, the largest manufacturing technology event in the Americas as well as members who represent a growing and prominent Additive Manufacturing community. GBM will focus on the marketing and promotion of the event.
Douglas Woods, AMT president, stated, “Formnext is clearly the premier Additive Manufacturing event in Europe, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with them to bring these world-class events to the US.”
Prompted by the continued and accelerated adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the United States, the partners will debut a series of events with the Formnext brand to build its presence in the US. Formnext is scheduled to make its US market debut at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which runs in Chicago from September 12–17, 2022. Formnext will present the AM4U Area in the show’s AM pavilion.
The AM4U Area is a multi-use area on the show floor where industry experts will present on topics such as the adoption of industrial AM, as well as entrepreneurship and business models for startups and young enterprises. In 2023, the AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, Texas.
Launching in 2024, Formnext Forum Austin starts as a new event of Formnext in Germany. This event will feature a range of topical seminars and exhibition areas covering a variety of AM and next-generation smart industrial production solutions. The forum will intend to provide attending exhibitors, speakers and attendees relevant industry knowledge and offer ample business and networking opportunities.
The trade show is expected to build upon Formnext’s legacy and showcase industrial AM equipment, post-processing solutions, software, service providers, materials and more. This event is expected to be a unique collaboration between Mesago Messe Frankfurt, GBM and AMT which utilises each partner’s knowledge for heightened impact and exposure. The group also invites other organisations to participate in the Chicago event, as the goal is to build a coalition of leaders with broad appeal to the AM community.
Sascha Wenzler, VP for Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt concluded, “Formnext has been a resounding success as the global meeting point in Europe, and we are confident that the combination of Additive Manufacturing, materials and innovative process technologies will also perfectly address the current and future needs of the North American manufacturing industry.”