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Formnext 2020 Transitions to Digital Event

Organizers of Formnext 2020 convert it to a completely digital event, called Formnext Connect.
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Formnext 2020 transitions to digital event called Formnext Connect.

Formnext 2020 will transition to a digital event called Formnext Connect.

Due to the worldwide rise of the COVID-19 infection figures and the associated increase in travel restrictions, organizers of Formnext 2020 have decided to transition it to a completely digital event called "Formnext Connect."

Formnext 2020 was previously planned as a hybrid trade fair with the on-site event at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds plus a digital add-on component. That plan was based on restrictions put in place by the city of Frankfurt and state of Hesse.

"The current rise of the COVID-19 infection figures in Germany, Europe and around the world have led to increasing uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors,” says Petra Haarburger, president of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the event. “Together with the renewed tightening of official and in-house travel restrictions, this will no longer allow the otherwise highly international Formnext to be carried out in the accustomed quality."

Although organizers are disappointed that the pandemic has canceled these personal encounters for 2020, they believe that additive manufacturing (AM) has proven its potential during the crisis. According to organizers, the AM industry has demonstrated the potential that lies in flexible, diversified and decentralized production. AM may be one of the leading technologies to lead the way out of a recession, playing a major role in the development of new products, the design of resilient supply chains and the development of sustainable business models.