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Formnext + PM South China partners with Germany’s ACAM and VDMA

The event is scheduled to debut in September 2020 in Shenzhen, China

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Formnext + PM South China, an additive manufacturing industry event that is scheduled to have its debut this September in Shenzhen, has announced it has partnered with the Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM) and the Verband Deutscher Maschinen-und Anlagenbau (VDMA), two leading advanced manufacturing groups in Germany. The collaboration between the China-based event and the German groups aims to bring some of the most cutting-edge AM, powder metallurgy and advanced ceramic technologies from Germany to the Chinese market.

Scheduled for September 9-11, 2020, Formnext + PM South China will take place at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center. The new event was organized to focus on the Chinese market and highlight new technologies in the realms of additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing, powder metallurgy, ceramic materials, forming and post processing. The partnership with ACAM and VDMA will bolster the industrial showcase and will support the overarching mission to shorten the manufacturing cycle with lower cost and higher quality through the integration of new technologies.

Formnext + PM South China

As part of the partnership, ACAM will co-organize the Discover 3D Printing Seminar at the event and will showcase the latest additive manufacturing technologies and applications from Germany. Described as a one-stop-shop for AM, ACAM offers access to AM training and education, customized services, and process, software and systems engineering. ACAM members include Danfoss, GE Additive, Linde, Oerlikon, Okuma, Stratasys and Toyota, among others.

VDMA, for its part, will bring its members together in a pavilion with the goal of expanding their overseas market and boosting the development for enterprises in the Chinese manufacturing industry. Today, VDMA has about 3,300 members, making it the largest network organization for mechanical engineering in Europe. The AM Association within VDMA functions as a platform for connecting all companies and research institutes across the AM value supply chain.

“ACAM are excited about Formnext + PM South China, and will offer our services covering further education for companies as well as consulting and developments in the relevant areas of additive manufacturing to Chinese and other Asian manufacturing industries,” said Dr-Ing Kristian Arntz, Managing Director and Partner of ACAM. “We expect it to be a great show as the market is emerging and additive manufacturing is becoming more and more important to many companies in this area.”

Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the Additive Manufacturing Working Group of VDMA, added: “For our 150 member companies, this new trade fair creates an interesting access to the important Chinese market and the growing markets of the region. At the same time it offers the perspective of assisting the cooperation with this important region. We also see the opportunity to strengthen Formnext in Frankfurt as the world’s leading trade fair for additive technologies through this event together with our partners.”

In addition to ACAM and VDMA, Formnext + PM South China has also signed partnerships with the China Powder Metallurgy Alliance (CPMA) and the China Ceramic 3D Printing Alliance. Leading advanced manufacturing companies have already registered for the industry event in September, including 3DCERAM, 3D Systems, SLM Solutions, Shining 3D, GKN Sinter Materials, Siemens and more.

Formnext + PM South China has not addressed the COVID-19 pandemic in its release, but as the event is still several months away, it seems it is planning to go ahead as scheduled for now. Formnext also recently announced it had high hopes that its event would take place in Frankfurt this November. The event already has 559 registered exhibitors. Watch this space for updates regarding AM events in the time of COVID-19.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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