Mesago Messe Frankfurt (the owner of Formnext), AMT and GBM debut a series of events with the Formnext brand to build their presence in the U.S. See timeline below.
Since 2015, Formnext has grown to become the premier additive manufacturing (AM) 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 April 8-10, 2025 at McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Prompted by the continued and accelerated adoption of AM by both new and established manufacturers in the U.S., Mesago Messe Frankfurt, AMT and GBM will debut a series of events with the Formnext brand to build 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 Sept. 12-17, 2022, in Chicago at McCormick Place.
“EOS has been engaged with both Formnext and AMT for many years,” says Glynn Fletcher, president of EOS North America. “The combined strengths of these two organizations brings exceptional value to the Additive Manufacturing industry and stimulates further peer-to-peer engagement.”
The AM4U Area presented by Formnext will launch in the IMTS 2022 additive manufacturing pavilion. The AM4U Area is a multiuse area on the show floor where industry experts present on topics such as seminars for the adoption of industrial AM, as well as entrepreneurship and business models for startups and young enterprises. 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 new Formnext event. This event features a range of topical seminars and exhibition areas and covers a variety of AM and next-generation, intelligent industrial production solutions. The forum will provide attending exhibitors, speakers and attendees relevant industry knowledge, and offer ample business and networking opportunities. Austin — as a “birthplace” of modern 3D printing and an actual hot spot of the industry — is deemed an ideal location for the forum in 2024.
“Formnext is clearly the premier additive manufacturing event in Europe, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with them to bring these world-class events to the U.S.,” says Douglas Woods, AMT president.
The trade show will build upon Formnext’s legacy and showcase industrial 3D printing equipment, postprocessing solutions, software, service providers, materials and more. The event promises to be a unique collaboration between Mesago, GBM and AMT that utilizes each partner’s varied area of expertise for maximum impact and exposure. The group also invites other organizations to participate in the Chicago event, as the goal is to build a coalition of leaders with broad appeal to the additive and manufacturing communities.
AMT, a leading advocate for the growth and expansion of manufacturing technology, brings to the partnership a century’s worth of experience producing IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest manufacturing technology event in the America’s. The association’s members represent not only the leading technology suppliers in North America but also a growing and prominent community of additive manufacturers.
The marketing and promotion of the event will be handled by Gardner Business Media, a leading media and event producer in North America focused entirely on durable goods manufacturing. Gardner has several long-established industrial media brands that will support Formnext USA Chicago, including Additive Manufacturing, Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, MoldMaking Technology and Composites World.
“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 sees AM primed for growth in the years ahead. Not only does it offer previously unachievable options for improved design, material properties and lead time but it also provides a digital production solution in the face of supply chain disruptions.
“Formnext USA Chicago offers both North American and international additive manufacturers an exceptional platform in the highly dynamic U.S. market,” says Petra Haarburger, managing director of Mesago Messe Frankfurt, Germany, the organizer of Formnext in Frankfurt.
Organizers says Formnext has been a resounding success as the global meeting point in Europe. “We are confident that the combination of additive manufacturing, materials and innovative process technologies will also perfectly address the current and future needs of the North American manufacturing industry,” says Sascha Wenzler, vice president for Formnext at Mesago Messe Frankfurt.
Formnext 2021 was held Nov. 16-19 in Frankfurt, where organizers welcomed the global AM community and unveiled the exciting plans for the Formnext event series in the U.S. market, building to Formnext USA Chicago 2025 with AMT and Gardner Business Media.
Formnext is the leading trade fair for additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. Formnext shows the future of innovative manufacturing. Formnext is organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
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 140 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.
About Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organizer with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services — both onsite and online — ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organizing and running their events. 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%) and the State of Hesse (40%).
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.
About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
AMT represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members — those who design, build, sell and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart 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 is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow’s Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.
About IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show
IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the U.S. is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS 2022 will run Sept. 12-17. IMTS is ranked among the largest trade shows in the world. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing equipment and technology as well as connecting the industry’s supply chain. 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 ft2), booths (2,123) and exhibiting companies (2,563). IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
About Gardner Business Media Inc.
Gardner Business Media is the premier publisher and event producer for manufacturing in North America — providing unique, one-of-a-kind, relevant information of keen interest to the people who power plants, shops and factories. With powerhouse media brands such as Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, Composites World and Additive Manufacturing, GBM has unprecedented reach into the North American manufacturing ecosystem.
About Additive Manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing is the media brand devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing technology. 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.
About MT United
MT United is a joint venture of Gardner Business Media and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. MT United is designed to empower North American manufacturers with data, analysis and strategic information for accelerated growth, innovation and global competitiveness. MT United encompasses the entirety of manufacturing technology (MT) through industry-focused events, expansive media content, data and market intelligence products, coverage of IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show and public/private investment opportunities.