Formnext 2017 Expansion plans to accommodate increased exhibitor interest at Formnext

Editor: Susanne Hertenberger

As of early February 2017, reservations for this year’s Formnext powered by TCT exhibition had clearly surpassed the already high level received the same time in 2016.

Impressions of Formnext 2016.
Impressions of Formnext 2016.
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“Our current registration rate shows that this year's show will be significantly larger in terms of both space and exhibitors,” affirms Sascha F. Wenzler, head of division for Formnext, Mesago Messe Frankfurt. “As a result, we’re planning to expand from hall 3, level 3.1 to also include level 3.0 now.”

Global players

At the event, leading companies from across the globe will showcase technologies all along the process chains of cutting-edge industrial manufacturing. World-renowned firms like Additive Industries, Alphacam, Arburg, Arcam, BigRep, Concept Laser, Eos, Fit,Materialise, OR Laser, Prodways, SLM, Voxeljet and X-Jet represent a considerable number of the global elite in additive manufacturing, which have already confirmed their plans to exhibit. This year’s edition will also be welcoming Sodick, a key international player in the mechanical engineering industry. Until 10 March, interested companies can still take advantage of the early-bird discount to present their expertise among the global market leaders.


Further areas set for expansion

Meanwhile, Formnext will be expanding its portfolio to include additional areas of the process chain, such as software, basic materials, pre and post-processing and quality assurance. Along with international market leaders like Heraeus, Machine-Works, Nikon, and Oerlikon, an array of other highly specialised companies will be showing their innovative solutions for intelligent production.

Thanks to the very high share of executives and decision-makers on hand, Formnext 2016 demonstrated the enormous significance it had with regard to future investments throughout the industry. High-level managers accounted for around a third of last year’s visitors, and nearly three in every four attendees were involved in investment decisions in their companies.

The show's strong focus on industrial applications was also clearly apparent in the breakdown of its visitors: While those from the mechanical and plant engineering sector (25% of the attendees) led the pack, the event significantly increased its share of experts from the automotive industry (19%). Medical technology, aerospace and electrical engineering were some other important areas of industry well-represented by last year’s attendees.

For further facts and figures, as well as information on early-bird conditions for interested exhibitors, visit

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