“We have had a great and very successful start”

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Which objectives have not yet been achieved for the second event, but are being pursued?

Schmitz: It is incredibly important to develop the Moulding Expo on a sustainable basis for the long-term with our exhibitors and partners. Our aims are also of a long-term nature. For instance, our internationalisation efforts, with a focus on Europe. Here, we were able to take a big step with the second exhibition. But I am convinced that we will expand our European network further in the coming years.

Are there key exhibition points at the Moulding Expo that show particular growth? If yes, what are these?

Niethammer: The good thing is that we have been able to record growth in all areas, in particular with the toolmakers, model and mould makers. To give you a tangible picture: Since the last fair, we have grown from three to four halls. In Halls 4 and 6, toolmakers, model and mould makers, material suppliers, standard parts manufacturers, sub-contractors and service providers will make presentations. In Halls 3 and 5, you will find manufacturers of machine tools, clamping equipment, software and measuring technology and other important suppliers to the industry.

And to give another concrete example: In addition to the growth of com-panies from model and prototype construction, many important material suppliers to the industry are here for the first time.

Are there any relatively “exotic” exhibits or processes that you could recommend visitors take a closer look at?

Schmitz: There will be some! In the framework of the project "3-2-eat" with Master's students of the Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences and a variety of dedicated project partners from industry, we have fully accompanied the development process of this year's Moulding Expogive-away – plastic cutlery: From the design phase through the tool manufacturing, the hardening of the tool to the laser texturing to sampling. The high-quality, innovative eating implement is injection-moulded live at the fair, but I do not want to say more. All the info and "3-2-eat” is then in Hall 4 at Stand A02.

A further highlight is the "Polyman"; this is a plastic learning part for injection-moulding component design, which has simply not been done in this way before and, on top of that, produced on site. This is also a joint project with incredible commitment on the part of the companies involved. Visitors can find all the information on Polyman in Hall 6 at the VDWF stand.