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Formnext and Wohlers Associates bring together investors and additive manufacturing

Sep 17, 2019

First “Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner” as part of Formnext 2019

In order to further promote access by the investment sector to companies in additive manufacturing, the US consulting firm Wohlers Associates, Inc., with support from Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, is for the first time hosting an exclusive dinner for investors as part of the Formnext 2019 trade fair. The “Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner,” which takes place on 20 November 2019, will inform investors about the current status and the future prospects of additive manufacturing (AM) processes and of industrial 3D printing worldwide.

As the leading global exhibition and conference on AM and intelligent industrial production, Formnext is the prominent platform enabling investors to obtain information about the latest and future trends in this industry. Formnext serves as a strong platform for young start-ups and established companies alike. And for innovative and up-and-coming companies, access to investors in a fast-growing market plays an important role for corporate development and successful market penetration. “That is why we are looking forward to using the Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner at Formnext 2019 to help investors discover the additive industry and its enormous market potential,” comments Sascha F. Wenzler of the Formnext Division Management, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

Every year at Formnext, visitors experience many new technologies and services that continue to advance the development of additive manufacturing worldwide. With  2018 growth of 33.5 percent, the AM industry offers better economic opportunities for companies and investors than almost any other area of industry (see diagram). “With an unparalleled number of developments in machinery, materials, services, and applications in the AM industry, it is now time for investors to expand their understanding of where this development is taking us,” says Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates. “For this reason, our consulting firm is working hard to educate and assist investors,” adds Wohlers.

Following an informal get-together, the evening begins with a presentation and discussion about the trends in the AM industry led by Terry Wohlers. The event comprises an evening meal, explanatory reports by a core team of five consultant at Wohlers Associates, and questions from participants. These will deal with key and often challenging questions concerning AM, as well as the enormous opportunities offered by this technology.

As documented in Wohlers Report 2019, Wohlers Associates has tracked 107 current AM-related investments. With an estimated total volume of US$1.45 billion, they illustrate the growing interest worldwide. Those participating in this special evening event will receive a copy of the Wohlers Report as part of the registration. For registration and further details on the event, go to: https://wohlersassociates.com/investor-dinner.html

Formnext and Wohlers Associates bring together investors and additive manufacturing
Global sales of the AM industry in USD millions: Products (blue) and Services (gray). Source: Wohlers Report 2019

Background information on Formnext
Formnext is the leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. Formnext is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. (formnext.com)

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt
Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes 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 160 members of staff Mesago organizes 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 with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners. (mesago.com)

About Wohlers Associates, Inc.
The company offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The independent consulting firm of 32 years provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and AM. Wohlers Associates counts 260 organizations in 26 countries among its clients. Separately, the company has provided advice to more than 180 companies in the investment community, most being institutional investors valued at billions of dollars. For more information, go to wohlersassociates.com.

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €718 million. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations  and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales  network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
For more information, please visit our website at: www.messefrankfurt.com

Background information on TCT (Content Partner)

Established in 1992, TCT Group’s mission is to accelerate design-to-manufacturing innovation. Through global trade shows, conferences, magazines, websites and digital products TCT delivers business-critical insights on the technologies that help manufacturers make better products, more quickly and cost-effectively. Through the TCT Awards TCT celebrates the most innovative products and applications across the design-to-manufacturing process chain. The TCT Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd, part of Rapid News Group. (thetctgroup.com)

Background information on the Working Group Additive Manufacturing (Honorary Sponsor)
Within the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, about 150 companies and research institutes collaborate under the direction of the German industry federation VDMA. Here, plant engineers; component and material suppliers; industrial companies that work with metals and plastics; service providers in software, manufacturing, and processing; and numerous researchers all work toward the same goal: the industrialization of additive manufacturing techniques. (am.vdma.org)

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