Editorial Fon-Mag Editon 2019-02 »US Special«

building bridges

When you take a look at how additive technologies have evolved, it’s sometimes difficult to keep your own euphoria in check. The number of applications is rapidly increasing in line with the double- digit growth rates the entire industry has been witnessing for years. The outstanding success story of Formnext reflects this unique rise, as well.

Meanwhile, the advancement of AM over the past decades has been due in no small part to key players on both sides of the Atlantic. Those leading the charge with this technology can be found in the United States, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe. In fact, the U.S. is set to serve as Formnext’s first partner country in 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Along with USCS we’ve put together a comprehensive action program that includes a U.S. pavilion, a panel of experts, a U.S. theme day, and the special edition of Formnext Magazine that you’re reading right now.

In the coming years, we plan to continue these cooperations and keep building bridges in the international AM industry. I hope you’ll be a part of it!

Sincerely, Sascha F. Wenzler
Vice President Formnext
Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

best technologies

The designation of the United States as Partner Country at this year’s Formnext is an incredible honor. The U.S. Commercial Service has developed a great relationship with the show’s management – and for good reason.

Formnext has developed into a highlight for the global additive manufacturing industry. This technology is changing the way we manufacture products and completely upending traditional business models.

It is essential that U.S. firms work closely with their European counterparts to develop these new technologies and business models in a way that is cooperative and collaborative. We are interested in fostering an industry structure, based on common, globally recognized standards, that allow the best technologies to lead the way.

We look forward to hosting a large delegation of U.S. firms at Formnext in November – including participants on a Trade Mission to France, Formnext in Germany, and Poland. I hope to introduce you to these great U.S. companies that are looking to do business with you.

Ken Walsh
Principal Commercial Officer/ Commercial Consul
U.S. Commercial Service
U.S. Consulate Düsseldorf