Trade Fair Success story of Formnext continues in 2016

Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

The international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies closed its doors on 18 November with a satisfactory outcome: This year’s edition saw an increase of more than 50% in exhibitors and visitors.

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Formnext 2017 powered by TCT attracted visitors from 28 countries this year.
Formnext 2017 powered by TCT attracted visitors from 28 countries this year.
(Source: Mesago/Thomas Klerx)

Formnext powered by TCT, held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 15 – 18 November 2016, served as a showcase for both additive manufacturing and conventional technologies. The trade fair focuses in particular on the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It aims at bringing exhibitors involved in additive manufacturing and more conventional industrial production technologies together with the manufacturing industry itself.

Since its first edition in 2015, Formnext has established itself as a leading international gathering at the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt. The four trade fair days attracted visitors from across the world with its diverse array of developments and world premieres. A total of 307 exhibitors presented their products and visions to 13,384 visitors, who were informed about the realisation of parts and products from design to serial production. The conference taking place alongside the exhibition will also highlight the latest trends and issues in additive manufacturing, along with clever ways in which it can be integrated into process chains in industrial production.


While Formnext is still a rather small show, 3D printing is evolving so rapidly that the trade fair is becoming a focal point for the additive manufacturing sector. The presented trends at Formnext demonstrate that 3D printing is shifting from prototyping to high-volume serial production.

Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president of Formnext for the event organiser Mesago Messe Frankfurt, was clearly pleased with last year's results: “Formnext 2016 set a clear statement. Already with the second edition it established a fixed place in the event calendars of the related industries. This success is underlined by an increase of more than 50% in exhibitors from 28 countries and an increase of 49% in trade visitors.” Wenzler attributes this success to the concept of the trade fair: "From the beginning we were at the pulse of time and were able to develop further together with our partners, exhibitors, and the trade fair committee."

The attendees themselves also praised the quality of everything Formnext had to offer. “The trade fair is a good trendsetter for sure and the displayed technologies are simply breathtaking. Definitely a highlight for me this year,” explains Stephan Schech, head of sales at Baumuller Reparaturwerk, Nuremberg, Germany.

Ralf Deuke, managing director at Creabis, adds: “Formnext 2017 is a fixed event for me, whatever happens.”

Wenzler is sure that "additive manufacturing and the entire modern industrial production is characterised by strong dynamics, with a continuously increasing number of innovations. This is why it is essential to have a major trade fair platform with a strong brand core and focus in order to present yourself, exchange and, of course, to do business."