Formnext 2018 to Fill 36,000 Square Meters of Exhibition Space

The November trade show will be spread across two levels of exhibition Hall 3. More than 500 exhibitors are expected.

Formnext has announced expectations that its 2018 edition will feature 550 exhibitors across the 36,000 square meters and two levels of exhibition Hall 3 at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. Among the 550 expected exhibitors, a total of 165 are new exhibitors from 26 nations. In addition, Formnext is using the space next to Hall 3 for supporting events. For instance, Saal Europa in Hall 4 is hosting the TCT Conference @ Formnext.

“The fact that we’ve been able to occupy all the exhibition space so well even after expanding again underlines the highly dynamic and sustainable growth of Formnext,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president for Formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “This is an impressive confirmation of the exhibition concept that we have developed together with the industry.” To sustainably meet the growing demand, Formnext will next year be moving to the newly built exhibition hall 12 of the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, which combined with hall 11, provides exhibition space of around 58,000 square meters.

In addition to exhibits, the show also includes a conference program, forums and other events. On November 14, 2018, the show will host the “AM Standards Forum,” which is being  organized by Formnext in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, along with German and American partners. This summit is open to all interested parties. The latest developments for additive manufacturing standards will be presented at the summit and discussed with respect to special areas of industry. Participants of the summit will include  representatives of politics, international companies and standards institutions.

The 2018 winners of the Start-Up Challnege will be honored in an area bearing the same name. The international competition for design—the Purmundus challenge—will also be organized at Formnext 2018 under the theme “Preparing for the Future with 3D Printing” and will recognize creative companies. Other young companies will be presenting in an area  sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Concrete advantages of AM for industry and mechanical engineering will be highlighted in the Ready4Industry user case area hosted by Formnext’s honorary sponsor, the Working Group Additive Manufacturing, part of the German industry association VDMA.

The AM4U platform, which started successfully last year, will continue in 2018 and offers career opportunities, further training and the chance to make new contacts in the additive manufacturing industry. The diverse agenda includes an international cooperation exchange, a career day, and the Discover3Dprinting seminar series. This is geared toward midsize companies that are looking to get started in additive manufacturing and is being organized in cooperation with ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing, a Fraunhofer spin-off.

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