Though the upcoming edition of Formnext is not until November, the Germany-based additive manufacturing trade show has reported that 518 exhibitors have already registered for the 2019 event. Formnext says the registration numbers are already significantly higher than they were at the same time last year, marking the event’s continued growth and importance within the industry.
Bigger isn’t always better, but when you’re hosting an industrial event for the additive manufacturing industry, it’s usually a good sign. At this stage already, Formnext 2019 is shaping up to be larger than the 2018 edition of the Frankfurt-based event.
To accommodate the growth, the event organizers have secured a larger exhibition space—Halls 11 and Halls 12 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds—meaning that new exhibitors can be accommodated and that existing exhibitors will be given larger booths.
“When deciding where to place exhibitors, we continue our approach of mixing things up, which has proven successful in recent years and has resonated well with exhibitors,” explained Heike Pfab, Formnext Team Leader for Sales at Mesago Messe Frankfurt.
Looking at the makeup of the 2019 exhibitors, Formnext says that 64% are international, with many coming from China, the UK, the U.S. and the Netherlands.
New exhibitors and partners
Among the 147 new exhibitors that Formnext 2019 has attracted are international groups like 3M Advanced Materials, Bosch Rexroth, Covestro, Evonik, Mitsubishi and thyssenkrupp Materials. A number of well established companies, such as Peter Lehmann and August Rüggeberg, and industrial clusters such as Bayern Innovatic and Leichtbau BW will also be in attendance this year. Of course, the event will also welcome a slew of young companies and startups.
Interestingly, Formnext 2019 will mark the first Formnext event to bring on a country partner, the United States. As country partner, the U.S. will have a special pavilion which will host a number of discussion panels with industry experts. As part of the partnership, Formnext will also offer a number of special highlights for American guests. An AM Standards Forum will also be organized in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service.
The rise of Formnext
Formnext’s continued growth reflects the advancement and rapid evolution of the additive manufacturing sector on the whole. For years, the AM industry has seen double digit growth. Most recently, it reached a volume of over 10 billion euros. This expansion is expected to continue, as forecasts estimate 20% annual growth for the industry over the next few years.
A number of technological advancements have contributed to the industry’s recent growth. Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President of Formnext, cites the post-processing area a a key growth contributor.
“Here, many companies from traditional industrial sectors have seized market opportunities and developed very exciting products and technologies,” he said. “In addition to growth in other sectors, Formnext can also further expand the process chain and explore the different areas in more depth. We demonstrate various manufacturing processes, at the heart of which is additive manufacturing.”
In addition to drawing in more exhibitors, Formnext is also aiming to attract target visitor groups with seminar series and other specialized events. For instance, it is expanding the existing Discover3Dprinting seminar series to further benefit medium-sized companies that are interested in additive manufacturing. This initiative is in cooperation with ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing.
Other recognized Formnext events, such as the Start-up Challenge, the purmundus challenge, the AM4U platform and BE-AM Symposium will be offered and in many cases expanded.
Formnext 2019 will be held from November 19 to 22nd in Frankfurt, once again bringing the international AM industry together. You can expect to see us there!