VIRTUAL ONLY: formnext 2020

Formnext fair (Source: Messe Frankfurt)

Due to the recent rise of the Covid-19 infection figures worldwide, and the associated increase in travel restrictions, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has decided to hold Formnext 2020 purely virtually. The digital event will be named ‘Formnext Connect’.

Formnext 2020 was previously planned as a hybrid trade fair, that is, with the on-site event at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds plus a digital add-on component. This plan was based on the Corona Contact and Operating Restrictions Ordinance valid in the State of Hesse and a health and hygiene concept agreed upon with the City of Frankfurt am Main, the State of Hesse and Messe Frankfurt.

“The current rise of the Covid-19 infection figures in Germany, Europe and around the world have led to increasing uncertainty among exhibitors and visitors. Together with the renewed tightening of official and in-house travel restrictions, this will no longer allow the otherwise highly international Formnext to be carried out in the accustomed quality,” stated Petra Haarburger, president of Mesago Messe Frankfurt.

“We have been planning Formnext 2020 for months now. We have done this consistently and with the full support of our Exhibitor Advisory Board and with the highest level of protection and safety for the health of our exhibitors and visitors. In doing so, we examined the entire layout of the fair from scratch from the halls with all entrances, booths, to the aisles. We devised completely new stand construction packages, spacing and communication areas in accordance with the health and hygiene concept agreed with the authorities. Our disappointment at the end of the summer is all the greater now that we have to recognize that the course of the pandemic is destroying our efforts to make these personal encounters possible again,” explained Sascha Wenzler, vice president Formnext Mesago Messe Frankfurt.

“An exchange between technology providers and users is absolutely necessary for this, and we are now putting all our energy into the realization of a virtual format, the Formnext Connect,” Wenzler continued. “It will be the central virtual platform for business and knowledge exchange for the global AM community at the end of the year.” The exhibitor advisory board unanimously welcomed and supports this decision.

Formnext Connect will start as a virtual event from 10 November 2020 and will offer a wide range of digital services. These include exhibitor presentations in showrooms (products, information, videos, chat function, lead generation / lead tracking), intelligent matchmaking with all participants supported by AI, live streaming and on-demand content of the supporting program and webinars as well as the scheduling / assignment of appointments for online meetings with exhibitors. Further details will follow shortly on the event’s Web site. (Source: Messe Frankfurt)

Link: formnext – International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies, mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Germany

 

 

 

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