Access to Additive Manufacturing companies
Investment capital is more mainstream in the USA than in Europe – »Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner« in Frankfurt will therefore make it easier for investors to access the AM world
2019/09/25 — Additive manufacturing is also becoming increasingly interesting for a large number of investors. However, the focus of investors is shifting from AM systems to AM applications, as Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates, reports. An example is SmileDirectClub, which was the largest AM-related investment ($380 million) last year.
In order to further promote access by the investment sector to companies in additive manufacturing, the US consulting firm Wohlers Associates, Inc., with support from Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, is for the first time hosting an exclusive dinner for investors as part of the Formnext 2019 trade fair. The »Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner,« which takes place on 20 November 2019, will inform investors about the current status and the future prospects of additive manufacturing (AM) processes and of industrial 3D printing worldwide.
For innovative and up-and-coming AM companies, access to investors plays an important role for corporate development and successful market penetration. »That is why we are looking forward to using the Wohlers Associates Investor Dinner at Formnext 2019 to help investors discover the additive industry and its enormous market potential,« comments Sascha F. Wenzler, Vice President at Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
»It is now time for investors to expand their understanding«
Although a surprising number of investors interested in AM have strong knowledge of the subject, »with an unparalleled number of developments in machinery, materials, services, and applications in the AM industry, it is now time for investors to expand their understanding of where this development is taking us,« says Terry Wohlers.
Nevertheless, Europe in particular, compared to the USA, has a clear pent-up demand in the investment sector: »My sense is that investment capital in the U.S. is more mainstream and assessable than in Europe. If a company in the U.S. is seeking financing to support a good idea, it does not have to look long and hard to find an investor or to be found by one,« says Wohlers. »In parts of Europe, finding investors is not as easy.«
Following an informal get-together, the evening begins with a presentation and discussion about the trends in the AM industry led by Terry Wohlers. The event comprises an evening meal, explanatory reports by a core team of five consultants at Wohlers Associates, and questions from participants. These will deal with key and often challenging questions concerning AM, as well as the enormous opportunities offered by this technology.