BUSINESS: Formnext USA Chicago Launches in Spring 2025

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BUSINESS: By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

.Mesago Messe Frankfurt The organizers of Formnext and Messe Frankfurt North America announce that they have partnered with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology and Gardner Business Media. This new event will be the first in America to focus on all aspects of industrial additive production.

Since 2015, Formnext has grown to become the premier additive manufacturing trade show in the world, nearly quadrupling exhibitor and visitor numbers in just five years. In its drive to improve, grow and explore opportunities in the global marketplace, Mesago Messe Frankfurt is excited to announce that it has found the ideal partners in Gardner Business Media Inc (GBM) and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, to launch the Formnext USA Chicago event which will be held March 14 – 16, 2025 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill, USA.

In response to the rapid adoption of additive manufacturing by both established and new manufacturers in the United States of America, Mesago Messe Frankfurt and AMT will host a series events featuring the Formnext brand. This is in an effort to increase their presence in the U.S. The initial showing of Formnext in the USA market will be at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which runs 12 – 17 September 2022 in Chicago at McCormick Place, the premiere business trade show venue in North America.

Glynn Fletcher is the President of EOS North America. She shared that EOS has been involved with Formnext for many years and AMT since then. These two organizations’ combined strengths add exceptional value to Additive Manufacturing and encourage further peer-to-peer interaction

The AM4U Area presented by Formnext will launch in the IMTS 2022 additive manufacturing pavilion. The AM4U Area, which is multi-purpose, will be a place where industry experts can present on topics such entrepreneurship, business models, and the adoption of industrial AM. In 2023, the AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, Texas.

Launching in 2024, Formnext Forum Austin starts as a brand-new event of Formnext in Germany. The event will feature a wide range of topics and exhibit areas. It covers additive manufacturing as well as next-generation intelligent industrial production solutions. This forum will offer attendees, speakers, and exhibitors relevant industry knowledge as well as ample networking and business opportunities. Austin as a “birthplace” of modern 3D printing and an actual hotspot of the industry is an ideal location for the forum in 2024.

“Formnext clearly is the leading additive manufacturing event in Europe. We are thrilled to partner with them to bring these top-class events to America,” states Douglas Woods, President at AMT.

The timeline for the new series U.S. events are as follows:

2022: AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be featured at IMTS 2022 from 12 – 17 September 2022; Additive Manufacturing Conference 2022 continues to be co-located at IMTS 2022. Gardner Business Media owns and operates the Additive Manufacturing Conference.

2023: AM4U Area presented by Formnext will be co-located with the Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin, Texas.

2024: Formnext Forum Austin will launch as a standalone confex (conference with exhibition) in partnership with Gardner Business Media and AMT; co-located at IMTS 2024 will be AM4U Area presented by Formnext and the Additive Manufacturing Conference 2024.

2025: The official launch of the Formnext USA Chicago trade show will be 14 – 16 March 2025 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill, USA.

The trade show will continue Formnext’s legacy of excellence and feature industrial 3D printing equipment and postprocessing solutions. The event will be unique because it will bring together Mesago Messe Frankfurt and GBM, as well as AMT. Each partner’s expertise will be utilized for maximum exposure and impact. As the group seeks to create a network of leaders that appeals to all sectors of the additive and manufacturing industries, they invite other organizations to join them in Chicago.

AMT is a leader in advocating for the expansion and growth of manufacturing technology. It brings to the partnership a century of experience producing IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show. This event is the largest in America. The members of the association represent not only leading technology suppliers in North America but also a growing community of additive producers.

Gardner Business Media will manage the promotion and marketing of the event. They are a top media and event producer in North America focusing exclusively on durable goods manufacturing. Gardner is home to several well-respected industrial media brands, including Modern Machine Shop, Additive Manufacturing and Plastics Technology. They will also support Formnext USA Chicago.

“Gardner reaches more than 350,000 manufacturing decision-makers as qualified print subscribers in North America, and we will dedicate the full force of our brands to ensure the success of this event,” says Rick Kline, Jr. President of Gardner Business Media.

Gardner believes that additive manufacturing is poised for rapid growth in the coming years. It offers previously impossible options for better design, material properties, and lead times, as well as a digital production solution in face of supply chain disruptions.

Petra Haarburger is the President of Mesago Messe Frankfurt Germany and the organizer of Formnext in Frankfurt. She says Formnext USA Chicago provides both North American as well as international additive manufacturers an exceptional platform on the dynamic U.S. market .”

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Sascha Wenzler from Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Vice President for Formnext, said that “Formnext was a huge success as the European meeting point. We are confident that the combination additive manufacturing, materials, and innovative process technologies will perfectly address the needs of the North American manufacturing sector .”

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Formnext 2021 was held 16 – 19 November in Frankfurt and once again welcomed the global additive manufacturing community and the unveiling of their exciting plans for the Formnext event series in the U.S. market, building to Formnext USA Chicago 2025 with AMT and Gardner Business Media.

Further information: www.formnext.com

Background information on Formnext

*Formnext, the world’s leading trade fair for Additive Manufacturing (and the next generation intelligent manufacturing solutions) is located in Frankfurt. The fair focuses on efficient production of parts and products from design through to serial production. Formnext is the future of innovative manufacturing. Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH organizes Formnext. (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 Messe Frankfurt Group owns the company. Mesago is an international company and not tied to any particular venue. With 160 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. Mesago is supported by many trade associations, publishing houses and universities as co-organizers, partners, and advisers. (mesago.com)

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

The Messe Frankfurt Group is the largest international trade fair, congress, and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. The Group employs approximately 2,450 people at its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main and in 29 subsidiaries around the world. The company generated annual sales of approximately EUR257 million in 2020 after having recorded sales of EUR736 million the previous year. Even during difficult times like the coronavirus epidemic, we remain connected to our industry sectors worldwide. Our industry sectors are closely connected and we serve our customers’ interests efficiently through our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business areas. The Group’s unique USP is its close knit global sales network that extends around the globe. Customers around the world can rely on our comprehensive services, both online and onsite. We ensure that they have access to a wide range of services that will allow them to plan, organize and run their events with utmost flexibility. With new business models, we are expanding our digital knowledge. This wide range of services includes the rental of exhibition grounds, marketing, personnel, and construction of trade fairs. Headquartered 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

About Messe Frankfurt North America

Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America produces and manages 10 shows within the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including: The Clean Show, Texworld New York City, Apparel Sourcing New York City, Home Textiles Sourcing, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Festival of Motoring Atlanta, and Process Expo. For more information, please visit our website at www.us.messefrankfurt.com.

About The Association For Manufacturing Technology

*)AMT is a U.S.-based manufacturing company that represents and supports its members. These are those who develop, sell, service, and design the constantly evolving technology at the core of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT communicates the importance and benefits of programs and policies that promote research and innovation. It also supports the development of educational initiatives that will create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America (AMTonline.org).

About The International Manufacturing Technology Show

IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. IMTS 2022 will run Sept. 12-17. IMTS is ranked as one of the most important trade shows in the globe. It is a world-famous stage for the introduction and sale of manufacturing equipment and technology, as well as the connection of industry’s supply chains. IMTS attracts visitors from every level of industry and more than 117 countries. IMTS 2018 was the largest in number of registrations (129,415), net square feet of exhibit space (1,424,232 sq. ft.), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology (IMTS.com).

About Gardner Business Media, Inc.

With powerhouse media brands like Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, Composites World and Additive Manufacturing Gardner has unprecedented reach into the North American manufacturing ecosystem (Gardnerweb.com).

About Additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing, a media brand that focuses on industrial applications of 3D printer technology, is located in the United States. Our editors travel the world exploring the ways manufacturers are using this technology to make tooling, molds, functional prototypes, and end-use production parts in a range of industry sectors (AdditiveManufacturing.media).

About United

*MT United is a joint venture between Gardner Business Media, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. MT United was created to provide North American manufacturers with data and analysis as well as strategic information that will help them grow, innovate, and compete globally. MT United covers all aspects of manufacturing technology (MT), through industry-focused events and extensive media content. It also includes coverage of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show.

About Gardner Business Media

Gardner Business Media, the leading publisher for the heart and soul of North American manufacturing, provides unique, one-of a kind, relevant information that is of keen interest to those who work in factories, shops, plants, and other facilities. Gardner Business Media was founded in 1928 (as Gardner Publications, Inc.) in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the introduction of Modern Machine Shop magazine.

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