From Apple to ZF

Already set to expand into hall level 3.0 in 2017, formnext demonstrates its huge influence on industry investments

An event packed with innovations, unparalleled technical quality, and highly satisfied visitors and exhibitors: By focusing on these three factors, formnext powered by tct 2016 laid a foundation for continued success in the years ahead.  

For evidence of the chemistry that has already made this exhibition so successful, look no further than OR Laser. This Hessian company used formnext as an opportunity to unveil the 3D metal printer Orlas Creator to the expert public for the first time. The response was remarkable: OR Laser received 43 pre-orders and connected with 20 companies from all over the globe that were interested in becoming Orlas Creator resellers.



"We’re going to be growing significantly in terms of both space and exhibitors at formnext 2017."

This is a perfect example of how formnext combines innovation and business. Leading decision-makers from virtually every user industry attend to learn about the latest breakthroughs relevant to them and, in some cases, put together deals right on the spot.

The list of visitors reads like a who’s-who of international innovation. The automotive industry, for instance, was represented by Audi, BMW, Delphi, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Volkswagen. Luminaries from other sectors were also in attendance, including Apple, Hankook, Honeywell, Kuka, MTU, Samsung, Siemens, and ZF. Meanwhile, representatives from Adidas, Bulgari, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Procter & Gamble, and Rolex underscored formnext’s prominence in the clothing, accessories, and consumer products industries.*

The latest results of a survey conducted among the exhibitors and visitors at formnext 2016 provide further proof of the event’s successful concept: More than three-fourths of the 307 exhibitors were satisfied or highly satisfied with the number of new contacts they acquired. The same can be said of a full 98% of formnext’s 13,384 attendees with regard to the event as a whole.

In addition, formnext boasts a highly international audience, with 43% of the professionals in attendance last year hailing from outside of Germany. Thanks to the very high share of executives and decision-makers on hand, formnext 2016 also demonstrated the enormous significance it has with regard to future investments throughout the industry. High-level managers accounted for around a third of last year’s visitors, and nearly three in every four attendees reported being involved in investment decisions at their company.

This outstanding track record has resulted in big plans for the future, as well. »We’re going to be growing significantly in terms of both space and exhibitors at formnext 2017,« affirms Sascha F. Wenzler, Head of Division for formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. »In fact, we’re planning to expand from hall level 3.1 into level 3.0.«


Visitors to formnext 2016:

  • Number of visitors: 13,384
  • Internationality: 44%
  • Exhibition goals achieved: 97%

*Excerpt from visiting companies

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