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Still on the rise, Formnext adds more exhibitors and floor space

8 September 2022

After its successful return to hosting in-person events last year, Formnext is set to continue its positive development in 2022. In August, the world’s leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and modern industrial production already reported more than 630 exhibitors and around 45,000 square meters of reserved floor space.

This means that months before the start of this year’s trade fair, Formnext has almost achieved its total number of exhibitors and exceeded the its gross area in 2021 by more than 30%, all while drawing an impressive 57% of its attendees from outside of Germany. The exhibitors that have already registered represent the global elite in additive manufacturing, including companies such as 3D Systems, Additive Industries, AddUp, Arburg, BigRep, Carbon, Desktop Metal, DMG Mori,

DyeMansion, EOS, Evonik, Farsoon, Formlabs, GE Additive, HP, Keyence, Markforged, Materialise, Renishaw, Ricoh, Siemens, Sisma, SLM Solutions Group, Stratasys, Trumpf, Voxeljet, Xerox, XJet, and Zeiss.

Picture: Mesago / Mathias Kutt

»This successful development underscores the fact that for many companies in the AM industry, face-to-face meetings are essential to successfully conduct business, advance developments, and find partners and investors« says Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

France: a versatile, innovative, and broad-based partner country

France is one of the most important European countries in AM and has had a strong presence at Formnext for years. In 2022, more than 30 French companies, associations, and research institutes will be exhibiting at Formnext and presenting their range of services. The French AM industry will be showing off a very diverse portfolio of offerings along the entire process chain.

The exhibitors from France are broadly positioned and include internationally established AM companies such as AddUp; numerous highly innovative young companies such as Lynxter, Pollen AM, SAS Cosmyx, and Fabulous; as well as other renowned industrial companies such as Arkema, Constellium, and Granges. With France Additive, Cimes, CCI Nouvelle-Aquitaine, and the CNRS Institut Carnot MICA, important AM associations, regions, research institutions, and other French partners will also be represented at the trade fair.

The event’s second day, 16 November 2022, will be dedicated to this year’s partner country. A further taste of Formnext will also be provided by Journée Initiative 3D, an industry event hosted by Cimes on 22 September 2022 in Grenoble, where Formnext will be a partner and invite its attendees to a networking reception afterwards. And finally, only Formnext will offer a special edition of its AM Field Guide in French.

A diverse supporting program

In Formnext’s diverse supporting program, established events will be continued and expanded. The Start-up Challenge, for example, will honor innovative and viable business ideas from young companies for the eighth time. On the AM4U stage, the exhibitors in the Start-up Area will introduce themselves in short rounds of presentations. And of course, there’s the purmundus challenge idea competition, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a festive reception and a special »Best of 10 Years« show.

In addition to Discover3Dprinting seminars (in German and English), which are in high demand in the industry, visitors to Formnext 2022 will be able to find out about the wide range of career opportunities in the AM industry on the AM4U platform.

Meanwhile, the high-quality conference program organized by content partner TCT will again address current trends and developments in AM, as well as bring together AM thought leaders and users from various industries. The VDMA will present a special show featuring valuable AM applications from the world of mechanical engineering.

Finally, the BE-AM special show will demonstrate advanced developments in the increasingly important area of 3D printing in the construction industry. The topic of standards will again be discussed by experts and decision-makers from around the world at the renowned ASTM Standards Forum.


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