EuroMold show preview

Paul Boughton

EuroMold, the leading specialist trade fair for mouldmaking and tooling, design and application development, will take place from 25 – 28 November 2014 in exhibition halls 8, 9 and 11 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

This year the trade fair is again expecting more than 1,000 exhibitors, along with an increase in international representation, with around 40 countries represented. Traditionally, the majority of the companies are moldmakers and tool manufacturers.

According to the organisers, there is already a high level of return bookings by former exhibitors, as well as new bookings from first-time exhibitors. Numerous first-time exhibitors emphasise the high international quality of EuroMold 2014. The trade fair is experiencing a particular increase in the number of first-time exhibitors from Germany, Portugal, China, the Netherlands and the UK. In addition, an increase in the number of joint transnational stands, run by various associations and individual organisers, can be observed. For ex-ample, for the first time ever, there will be a joint stand from the Czech Republic and Slovenia.

In 2014, EuroMold will have a new hall structure, which will also spatially reflect the synergies between the fields of moldmaking and tool production and additive manufacturing. By redesigning the layout of the exhibition areas, visitors will have an even clearer impression of the possibilities regarding collaboration, innovation and future prospects across the entire process chain.

Exhibition hall 8.0 represents the centrepiece of this year’s event. Through the special exhibition entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing and Tooling’, it will demonstrate examples of profitable cooperation between both sectors. In a similar way, this will be clearly addressed in the ‘theme park’ entitled ‘Strength in moldmaking with additive manufacturing’.

In addition, the Thermoform Area and the topical forums entitled ‘Materials’ and ‘Lightweight Construction’ will take place in Hall 8.0. The offering will be rounded off with the Design & Engineering Forum, together with the CAE Forum, which will focus on the state-of-the-art technologies in the field of computer-supported design and engineering. Furthermore, the CAMPUS area, which will focus on lightweight construction, will offer companies and universities the opportunity to share ideas and establish new contacts.

Exhibition hall 9.0 will be dedicated mainly to Asian exhibitors, representing the moldmaking and tooling industries among others. The Asian market is continuously increasing in importance for European companies, and represents the sales market of tomorrow for all industry sectors. In Hall 9.0 visitors will find the most recent products and technological innovations from the Far East. Visitors will also have the chance to establish direct contact with manufacturers from Asian countries and develop new contacts.

In Hall 11.0 the focus will be on additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping/rapid tooling and 3D printing. Innovations from the creative sector and the field of application design will be on display. A particular highlight will be the EuroMold 3D School, which will offer students the chance to try their hand at 3D printing. A classroom will be installed in the exhibition hall, in which students will receive lessons on the topic of 3D printing.

“With the new structure of the exhibition halls, we are better positioned to meet the desires of exhibitors and visitors,” said trade fair manager Eberhard Doering. “We will arrange the exhibition areas in such a way that the added value to be found in inter-industry collaboration becomes even more apparent. Moreover, this year the strong trend towards joint stands is an encouraging development. For example, a large number of associations, countries, regions and research institutes are set to present their work alongside one another. This demonstrates the spirit in which the EuroMold takes place year after year: ‘Success through Diversity’.”

This year the range of information will be extended to include new special exhibitions, conferences, workshops, seminars and forums. For example, the 16th Annual International Wohlers Conference, ‘The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain’, will issue the current status of the additive manufacturing supply chain and the major challenges for companies hoping to adopt AM for series production. As being one of the leading experts worldwide, participants will discuss topics such as demand/supply difficulties, questions on post-processing, better software tools, and the use of automation to reduce the labour.

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