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Editorial Formnext Magazine Issue 01 2023

Facing Our Many Challenges with Optimism

by Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext — 3 March 2023

To say that things really hit the ground running this year would be quite the understatement. It almost feels like we’re all trying to catch up on the face-to-face time we missed out on during the pandemic as quickly as we can. In my whole career, I’ve never seen calendars fill up as fast as they have over the past several weeks.

von Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext
Pictures: Formnext / Mathias Kutt

While Covid-19 may be more or less behind us here, the economic and geopolitical status quo in the world at large is anything but stable. Russia and Ukraine are still at war, and high prices, energy issues, supply chain problems, and labor shortages continue to dominate the headlines.

There’s also good news to report, however: More customers have registered for the 2023 edition of Formnext than in any year previous (in terms of exhibitor numbers and reserved space), and the event’s international character remains as vibrant as ever. The demand from China and other parts of Asia is back on the rise as well, which makes us very optimistic about this year’s November highlight.

Above all, though, it was Formnext 2022 that illustrated how things like automation, the use of robots, post-processing, multi-material printing, and larger components haven’t just arrived in additive manufacturing; producers are already exploring these topics on a more in-depth level. Plus, industries that use AM are becoming more and more professional and demanding these innovations for their own manufacturing operations – and thereby driving their advancement.

All the more important, then, that Formnext continue to be the international showcase on the yearly event calendar for the “fAMily”. We’ve got more for you on that and plenty of other interesting subjects in this, the first Formnext Magazine of 2023. Enjoy the read, and may your year be a successful one full of promising encounters!

Sascha F. Wenzler
Vice President Formnext


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