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Editorial: No successful innovations without personal encounters

from Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President Formnext — 18 May 2022

The fAMily meets again! This has been the theme of the various events that have taken place since the beginning of the year. People from the additive community have been coming together face-to-face to share their ideas and opinions – and perhaps make some new contacts during the coffee breaks, as well.

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

We ourselves have been frequenting a number of gatherings and networking events in France, the official partner country of Formnext 2022. Such things normally wouldn’t be all that newsworthy, but we haven’t put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us entirely, and gathering in person was anything but routine over the past two years.

As a result, we’ve learned to appreciate how valuable these interpersonal exchanges are. Formnext 2021 demonstrated this to impressive effect, which is part of the reason why we’re looking forward to the current event year with so much optimism. We’ve already registered more than 500 exhibitors, and well over half of them are from outside of Germany. Meanwhile, the amount of space they have booked has already surpassed last year’s total.

On almost a weekly (or daily!) basis, we’re getting information on new machines, procedures and areas of use; the latest company foundations and mergers; and the challenges industrial AM applications are facing – some new, and some long-standing. To discuss these matters and come up with corresponding solutions together, it’s more important than ever that we meet in person. That’s why we’re all the more excited to see the fAMily again at Formnext in Frankfurt on 15–18 November.

Sincerely,

Sascha Wenzler

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