The list of companies backing Formnext over Euromold as the conference of choice for additive manufacturing (AM) this year now includes UK-based Renishaw, a producer of engineering technologies for applications ranging from jet engine and wind turbine manufacture to dentistry and brain surgery. At the start of March 2015, Laser Systems Europe reported that both EOS and Concept Laser had also stated they see Formnext holding the most potential to become the leading international trade show for AM.
Euromold confirmed it would be changing location to Düsseldorf from Frankfurt on 9 January 2015. At the time, one of the main reasons for the switch was said to be that the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) area is home to a lot of automotive and industrial companies.
However, shortly after the announcement both EOS and Concept laser said they would be using Formnext to display their latest AM products, choosing to stay in Frankfurt. Now, Renishaw released a statement saying: ‘Further to the recent announcement that the Euromold trade exhibition will not continue to be held annually at Frankfurt Messe, Renishaw has made the decision to showcase its major additive manufacturing product launches at Formnext. ‘
Simon Scott, Director and General Manager of Renishaw's Additive Manufacturing Products Division, said: ‘After a thorough review of all the options, we believe that Formnext, with its seasoned experience of additive manufacturing exhibitions, has the greatest potential to meet the expectations of both exhibitors and visitors, and to create a strong promotional platform to help grow this exciting industry sector.’
He continued: ‘Renishaw is strongly committed to growing its additive manufacturing portfolio and looks forward to collaborating with show organisers and industry peers to make Formnext the go-to event for additive manufacturing technologies and solutions.’
Renishaw employs over 3,700 people globally, some 2,400 of which are located at its 15 sites in the UK, plus over 1,300 staff located in the 32 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.