Show Preview: Formnext Formnext continues at record speed and shows no signs of stopping

Editor: Steffen Donath

3D printing innovations and additive manufacturing — all of this and more will be on display at Formnext 2019. The trade fair that keeps on growing is sure to offer another interesting programme.

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There will once again be much to discover at this year’s Formnext fair.
There will once again be much to discover at this year’s Formnext fair.
(Source: Mesago / Matthias Kutt)

Having in recent years become the world’s leading exhibition for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production, Formnext has been continuing its development at a record pace in 2019. By March, a total of 518 exhibitors had already registered for this year’s Formnext. This is another significant increase compared to the same time the year before. As such, the amount of floor space that Formnext 2019 will cover has already exceeded the size of Formnext 2018.

In addition to enlarging the booths of existing exhibitors, Formnext has also managed to attract 147 new exhibitors. An impressively high proportion of the exhibitors debuting at Formnext 2019 are international (64 %), with companies from China, the United Kingdom, the USA, and the Netherlands being the most strongly represented. Formnext has recorded strong growth along the entire process chain. New exhibitors include international groups such as 3M Advanced Materials, Bosch Rexroth, Covestro, Evonik, Mitsubishi and Thyssenkrupp Materials. All of them will showcase their additive manufacturing solutions at Formnext. Moreover, many young and innovative companies from around the world will also be present, setting up alongside long-established medium-sized companies like Peter Lehmann and August Rüggeberg as well as industrial clusters such as Bayern Innovativ and Leichtbau BW.

The post-processing area has also developed considerably, which is key to the continued industrial development of additive manufacturing. “Here, many companies from traditional industrial sectors have seized market opportunities and developed very exciting products and technologies,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President of Formnext, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “In addition to growth in other sectors, Formnext can also further expand the process chain and explore the different areas in more depth.”

Formnext reflects the development that sees additive manufacturing in industry often integrated into multi-stage manufacturing processes, in which several manufacturing processes are linked and combined. “We demonstrate various manufacturing processes, at the heart of which is additive manufacturing,” comments Wenzler.

World’s 3D printing elite in Frankfurt

Due to the huge growth, Formnext 2019 will for the first time take place in Halls 11 and 12, the most modern part of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. The high quality and elegant architecture of the two halls, combined with the modern and spacious entrance building — the Portalhaus — provide a very special setting for Formnext.

Formnext will occupy the lower and upper levels of both halls. “When deciding where to position exhibitors, we have continued with our approach of mixing things up, which has proven successful in recent years and has resonated well with exhibitors,” states Heike Pfab, Formnext Team Leader for Sales at Mesago Messe Frankfurt. The development of Formnext underscores its prominent position as a leading international exhibition for additive manufacturing and modern industrial manufacturing processes. From 19 to 22 November, the world elite in industrial 3D printing will once again be showcasing in Frankfurt.


Sector growing by 20 % annually

Formnext’s dynamic growth is occurring within an industry that has been increasing in double digits for years and has now reached a volume of over 10 billion euros. Various market researchers and industry experts are forecasting continued high growth of around 20 % per annum over the next few years. In order to attract even more visitor target groups, Formnext is expanding its ‘Discover 3D printing’ seminar series. These are aimed at medium-sized companies wishing to enter the realm of additive manufacturing. The series is organised in co-operation with ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing, being held for example, at the international IFFA, PCIM, SPS exhibitions, and of course at Formnext. The event is thus bringing innovations from additive manufacturing to other user industries certain to benefit from them.

Partner country: USA

The USA will become the first partner country to be represented at Formnext, the fair featuring numerous special highlights for American guests. A diverse programme awaits Formnext visitors on the partner country stage of the U.S. pavilion, including a discussion panel of renowned speakers. Following a successful launch in 2018, the ‘AM Standards Forum’ is scheduled to take place again this year, organised in co-operation with the U.S. Commercial Service. Established events are also being continued and expanded, such as the Start-up Challenge, the “Purmundus Challenge” ideas competition, the AM4U platform with its wealth of career opportunities, and the BE-AM Symposium, which focuses on additive activities in the construction industry. Moreover, the conference programme organised by Formnext’s content partner, TCT, will once again address current trends and developments in additive manufacturing in 2019, while bringing together thought leaders and users of additive manufacturing from various industries.

Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specialises in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 140 members of staff, Mesago organises events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work closely with Mesago as advisers, co-organisers and partners.