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Continued success for Formnext with considerably more exhibitors this year

8 Sep 2022

Following the very promising return of the in-person event last year, Formnext will continue this successful development in 2022: More than 690 exhibitors with a booked gross exhibition space of over 50,000 m² have already registered to exhibit at the world's leading trade fair dedicated to additive manufacturing and modern industrial production.

Formnext 2021. Copyright Mesago/Marc Jacquemin
Formnext 2021. Copyright Mesago/Marc Jacquemin

Formnext had already exceeded the final number of exhibitors at the event in 2021 several months before it took place. It has also increased the gross exhibition space by more than 34%. Equally impressive is its very high degree of internationality (59%). At the same time, Formnext 2022 promises an extensive program of supporting events that will contain both familiar and new highlights. This year's partner country, France, will play a key role here.

The global elite of additive manufacturing has already registered to exhibit at the in-person event, 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. In addition, numerous well-known international corporations, including BASF, Covestro, Evonik, GKN Sinter Metals Components, Höganäs, Linde, Mitsubishi Chemical, Oerlikon, Sandvik and many more, will showcase their solutions along the entire process chain.

"This successful development shows that exhibitors continue to see Formnext as the most important industry meeting point and an extremely valuable trade show platform, and also underscores the fact that, for many companies in the AM industry, in-person interaction is essential to successfully conduct business, drive developments or find partners and investors," explains Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President for Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

Attractive early-bird discount for trade fair visitors

The ticket shop is already open for trade fair visitors who wish to plan their visit in good time. Trade fair visitors can avail of heavily discounted early bird ticket prices up to and including October 15, 2022. Inspired by Deutsche Bahn's summer deal, there is also a 9 euro ticket for students.

France: a versatile, innovative, and diverse partner country

France is one of the most important European countries in additive manufacturing and has had a strong presence at Formnext for many years now. This year, more than thirty French companies, associations and research institutes will exhibit at Formnext and present their range of services to an international audience of experts. The French AM industry will showcase a very diverse portfolio of products and services along the entire process chain. Among them are internationally established AM giants such as Addup, numerous highly innovative young companies such as Lynxter, Pollen AM and others, as well as renowned industrial companies such as Arkema, BINC Industries, Constellium and Granges for which additive manufacturing is playing an increasingly important role. In France, not only the strong aerospace and automotive industries offer promising applications for additive manufacturing, but also construction and architecture, viticulture, medicine and many more. French partners and important AM associations, regions and research institutions will also be present at Formnext, with France Additive, Cimes, CCI Nouvelle-Aquitaine and the Carnot network for additive manufacturing all in attendance.

The second day of Formnext 2022 (Wednesday, November 16, 2022) will be dedicated to the partner country, France, including partner presentations by Cimes and France Additive, a visit by a French delegation, and other events. A first taste of Formnext will also be provided by an industry event and networking reception in Grenoble on September 22, 2022. This event will be hosted by Cimes and partnered by Formnext.

A diverse program of supporting events

Formnext will take place in Halls 11 and 12, the most modern part of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. The diverse program of supporting events will also see the continuation of some established events that have been expanded upon. For example, the start-up challenge, which honors innovative and viable business ideas from young companies, will take place for the eighth time. The exhibitors in the start-up area will present themselves in brief pitches on the AM4U stage. There will also be interesting contributions on the topic of investment and funding. The ideas competition known as the "purmundus challenge" will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reception and special showcase entitled "Best of 10 Years".

Alongside the established Discover3Dprinting seminars (in German and English), visitors to Formnext 2022 can attend the AM4U area to learn about the wide range of career opportunities within the AM industry, for example.

In addition, the high-quality conference program organized by Formnext’s content partner, TCT, will once again address current trends and developments in additive manufacturing in 2022, while the VDMA will present a special show with valuable AM applications from the world of mechanical engineering and provide further insights with presentations on the AM4U stage.

The BE-AM showcase will demonstrate advanced developments in relation to the increasingly important topic of 3D printing in the construction industry. At the same time, the BE-AM symposium will present a large number of backgrounds and future developments in this field. The topic of standards, important for the entire AM industry and all users, will once again be discussed by experts and decision-makers from around the world at the renowned ASTM Standards Forum on November 14, 2022, one day before the trade fair commences.

Further information is available at www.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 around 150 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)

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
The Messe Frankfurt Group is one of the world’s leading trade fair, congress and event organisers with their own exhibition grounds. With a workforce of 2,200 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 28 subsidiaries, it organises events around the world. As in the previous year, annual sales for 2021 were significantly lower owing to the COVID-19 pandemic: approximately €154 million compared with Group sales as high as €736 million in pre-pandemic 2019. We serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. Sustainable business practices are a central pillar in our corporate strategy and strike a healthy balance between ecological and economic interests, social responsibility and diversity. Another of Messe Frankfurt’s strengths is its powerful and closely knit global sales network, which covers around 180 countries in all regions of 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. We are using our digital expertise to develop new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters 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 170 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)