Sustainability: Focus for the Nordic Partner Region at formnext 2023
The partner country for formnext 2023, which takes place 7–10 November, will be the Nordic region, comprising the countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Besides having many innovative companies participating at the world’s leading exhibition for Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies and the next generation of manufacturing, these countries will also play a significant role in the supporting events program. At the exhibition, the partner region will be showcasing the economic potential of the Northern European AM industry as well as shining a spotlight on sustainability – with a particular focus on energy and material efficiency. The lead partner, Danish AM Hub, will be joined by the Finnish AM Ecosystem (FAME) and Norwegian AM, the AM Cluster, Norway. Joining the around 660 exhibitors were already registered in July for formnext, which looks set to be a record year for exhibitor numbers, will be around two dozen exhibitors from the Nordic countries. The Nordic contingent will be based at the Nordic pavilion, where a special showcase of exhibits of successful AM applications is also planned. As part of the program of supporting events, major companies from the partner region will be presenting inspiring AM use cases, and the Danish AM Hub will be hosting a panel on sustainability. Several delegations from the Nordic region are also planning to visit formnext 2023 to further promote the industrial application of AM through active exchange and expansion of their networks. The Danish companies will showcase a wide range of innovations along the entire AM process chain, including R&D, services, materials, and post-processing solutions. The young company Create it Real has, for example, developed a specialised solution for the orthopedics industry. Denmark also has a number of well-known companies that have been using 3D printing for many years. Global enterprises, such as Lego, Danfoss or Grundfos, for example, are key users of AM.