With Moulding Expo 2019 already on the horizon, I took the opportunity to ask Florian Schmitz a few questions. He is one of the organisers of the event and was happy to participate in this little interview.
As anyone who has worked on large projects will tell you, planning is absolute key. This is where a lot of problems concerning time can be mitigated. As expected, everything is on course for this year's expo, according to Florian Schmitz:
This year, they were able to secure a far better timeframe for the expo and along with it a good hall constellation for all the participants. “All four MEX halls are lined up like a string of pearls,” Schmitz explains.
“In addition, we have attractive parallel events at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre with the UKI Automotive Shows, the GKV/TecPart "Forum of Plastic Products", the Forum of the German Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME) and the Fraunhofer IPA User Forum "Additive Production Technologies."
Organising such an event always involves personal investment. One generally notices if an organiser does or does not care about the actual event he or she is setting up. Therefore, I was interested in the personal side of the matter and wanted to know what the organiser himself is looking forward to regarding this expo.
“The highlight for me personally is the atmosphere in the halls. I'm already looking forward to welcoming so many people to Stuttgart who are passionate about tool, model and mould-making.” Schmitz enthuses. Just as he notices that Moulding Expo is slowly popping up in the minds of those participating and with it the anticipation of the event, so too does Schmitz's anticipation rise.
Accompanying events will take place parallel to Moulding Expo. The planning and organising of these events is something to be done in the coming weeks.
When asked about what he is looking forward to the most, the highlight of the expo appears to already be set: “It will certainly again be the ISTMA Lounge of the International Association of Toolmakers or the live production of our MEX give-aways.”
Finally, I was interested in the evolution of the event. Moulding Expo first opened its doors in 2015 and since then, the event has undergone changes. Back then the event was initially met with cautious curiosity, explains Schmitz, as the industry was eager to present themselves in their first event.
“Since then, we, the MEX team, have been keen to play an active role in the industry, even outside of the hot trade fair phase. We use the two years between the events to actively participate in industry events, visit companies and conclude new co-operations with associations at home and abroad.”
As should be apparent by now, even outside the event, Moulding Expo is a strong supporter of the industry. Regarding the show, while some things do change over the years, some will also stay the same: “Moulding Expo 2019 will also change the content of forums, supporting programme items and hall occupancy. But what remains is the fact that we are being heard beyond the borders of Germany and Europe and have developed into a strong economic platform for tool, model and mould-making in the middle of Europe's strongest industrial region.”
I want to thank Florian Schmitz for taking the time to answer my questions.