Events Formnext shaping up to become a hub of innovation and new technology
Germany - Formnext 2016, the Frankfurt, Germany-based toolmaking and additive manufacturing show, is going to be a much bigger event than the inaugural show last year, Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president of Formnext, says, with 40% more exhibition space and exhibitor numbers up 30%.
Sascha, earlier this year you said you were satisfied with the visitor and exhibitor numbers for the inaugural event in November 2015. Do you expect growth in visitor/exhibitor numbers this year?
Formnext 2015 has paved the way for future success. This year, we currently have 261 exhibitors, a 30% increase compared with last year, and in terms of area, there has been a 40% increase to now 15,500 sq. metres. Thus, Formnext powered by TCT is fully booked more than two months before the start of the exhibition. We did not expect such a rapid growth and are extremely happy to witness this growing popularity, which is also a great recognition of the fair and its concept. In this respect, we would like to thank our exhibitors and our partner, TCT, for their incredible support. With exhibitors from 25 countries, we again achieve an impressive internationality of 48%.
Do you expect roughly the same ratio between additive manufacturing technology suppliers, tool & mould makers and manufacturers of conventional technologies, such as CNC milling or machining centres, to be present this year?
At Formnext, we exhibit the next generation of intelligent industrial production, where additive manufacturing plays a significant role. We are very proud to say that nearly all world leaders in this field are present at the 2016 fair and view Formnext powered by TCT as a leading trade fair. However, this advanced technology can only realise its full potential in combination with other, particularly conventional methods. Therefore, other areas of Formnext, like design, prototyping, machine tools and toolmaking, materials, measurement engineering, software and others, are also very important for our concept, and innovative and leading companies in these fields will exhibit at Formnext.