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CastForge gets off to a good start: More than 100 exhibitors registered

Messe Stuttgart acquired the 100th exhibitor for CastForge with Rosswag GmbH. The trade fair for castings and forgings with machining takes place from 5 to 7 June 2018 at the Stuttgart trade fair centre. The participation of numerous companies and associations from abroad highlights the international importance of the event.

“We were very excited over the last few days to see which company we would be announcing as the 100th exhibitor”, states Gunar Mey, Department Director for Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart. “We are very pleased to report Rosswag GmbH, one of the leading companies in the area of forging technology. It also highlights that we struck the right chord in the industry with the trade fair concept.”

For Thomas Keller, Sales Manager at Rosswag GmbH, there is another strong argument for exhibiting at CastForge besides the specific alignment of the trade fair in Stuttgart: “For us, with our head office in Pfinztal the trade fair is a home game so to speak, which addresses our target group exactly. As a market leader in the area of forging technology, with CastForge we see a massive opportunity to address new customers and establish contact.” 

Shortly before the registration of Rosswag GmbH, Messe Stuttgart received confirmation of participation from Odlewnia Żeliwa Śrem. The PGO Group, the largest manufacturer of castings and forgings in Poland, will exhibit here. Their Vice Chair Andrzej Bulanowski explains: “CastForge is the first trade fair for castings and forgings with machining. For us it is therefore a promising platform for the presentation of our products. In addition, the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region is a very important sales market for our company. The attractive venue in Stuttgart, capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, also plays a key role here. The trade fair gives us an excellent opportunity to establish business contacts and acquire new customers.”

The Foundry Association of the Czech Republic is also convinced of the trade fair and decided straight away to take part. In just 14 days eight members were already acquired for a joint stand. For the association’s President, Josef Hlavinka, the positive response was not surprising. He adds: “This trade fair is the only one to specialise in cast iron parts and forgings. There is currently no shortage of orders. However, our member companies are looking to the future and as a result want to showcase themselves at this trade fair. It is an exciting platform for us, in order to come into contact with a range of distinguished companies for whom the Foundry Association of the Czech Republic has a lot to offer. We are confident that this trade fair will open up new opportunities and possibilities.” Germany is an important market for the Foundry Association of the Czech Republic. “Our industry also depends primarily on exports. Around 80 percent of overall production is exported, of which around 70 percent goes to Germany”, reports Josef Hlavinka.

Messe Stuttgart is an attractive location for CastForge. South-west Germany is one of the largest hubs of manufacturing industries in Europe. Furthermore, the trade fair grounds has good transport connections, meaning visitors from Germany and abroad can conveniently travel to the trade fair by car, public transport or plane. Lastly, Messe Stuttgart bundles high industrial and organisational competence in its team and with its industrial fairs alone addresses more than 3,200 exhibitors and over 125,000 visitors. Exhibitors and visitors of CastForge reap these benefits.

About CastForge
As a trade fair, CastForge places its focus on castings and forgings and their machining. The industry will meet for the first time in Stuttgart from 5 to 7 June 2018 to present its unique range of products and services. International exhibitors will present their products to a wide range of visitors from mechanical engineering and plant construction, automotive and drive technology, construction machinery, pumps and hydraulic engineering and also the supply industry. The information provided to CastForge visitors is rounded off by other concurrent industry trade fairs: Global Automotive Components and Suppliers Expo, Engine Expo, Automotive Interiors Expo, Automotive Testing Expo, Surface Technology Germany and LASYS, the international trade fair for laser material processing. Messe Stuttgart is located right next to the international Stuttgart Airport and has a direct junction onto the A8 motorway.

AMB team strengthened

The AMB project team is starting the trade fair year 2018 with a new line-up: After the departure of Sabrina Sledzinski, Florian Schmitz is moving to AMB with immediate effect. As Project Manager, Schmitz will in future be responsible for the area of machine tools for the international exhibition for metal working. He completes the trade fair team with Romy Arnold, Project Manager for precision tools and peripherals, and Nadine Trester, Project Coordinator for AMB.

The AMB Project Management team is again complete and is getting fit for the AMB year 2018. From left to right: Nadine Trester, Project Coordinator; Florian Schmitz, Project Manager; Romy Arnold, Project Manager.

From 2009 to 2012, Schmitz completed his DHBW studies of trade fair and congress management at Messe Stuttgart. In the following years, he worked as a Project Coordinator for the Lasys and TV TecStyle Vision trade fairs. Since 2014, together with Florian Niethammer, he has been in joint charge of project management for Moulding Expo, the international trade fair for tool, pattern and mould making. In future, Schmitz will be in charge of machine tools for both Moulding Expo and AMB.

In the business division Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart, six industrial trade fairs are currently being organised at the Stuttgart location: AMB, CastForge, elect!, Moulding Expo, Lasys and Vision. In the two previous years, in total 3,207 exhibitors and 125,660 specialist visitors were counted on a gross surface area of 204,990 m2. With AMB Iran and “Lasys meets”, Messe Stuttgart also organises internationally successful industrial trade fairs and events abroad.

About AMB
Around 90,000 international trade visitors and 1,500 exhibitors are expected to attend AMB 2018 in Stuttgart from 18 to 22 September. On a gross exhibition area of more than 120,000 square metres, the exhibitors will showcase innovations and further developments for metal-cutting and metal-removing process machine tools, precision tools, measuring systems and quality assurance, robots, workpiece and tool handling, industrial software & engineering, components, assemblies and accessories. AMB 2018 is backed by the promotional supporters, i.e. the VDMA Precision Tools Association, the VDMA Software and Digitalisation Association, and the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW).


3D printing equipment and machinery will be one of the main attractions at ADDIT3D, International Exhibition of Additive and 3D Manufacturing, which will hold its third edition from 28th May to 1st June 2018 in parallel with BIEMH. Its coinciding in time and space with the largest platform devoted to Industry 4.0 in Spain will give the event a wider range of equipment and finished components.

The event also takes place within a favourable context, with significant increases in the sale of additive manufacturing equipment and companies offering solutions, as well as a foreseeable stabilisation in prices of both equipment and raw materials.

Since the first edition of ADDIT3D, the “systems and machinery” category has been the most interesting sector according to the visitor’s surveys, with a score of 20%, followed by “industrial applications”, “3D scanning services”, “software”, “raw materials”, “metrology” and “services”. All aforementioned sectors will be represented at the event’s exhibition area, which will once more offer tailor-made solutions to strategic sectors, such as the automotive, aeronautics, moulds, industrial tooling, machine-tool, energy, railways, packing and packaging, defence and medical-surgical sectors.

The campaign to attract exhibitors, which began in November, has kicked off significantly well. In June 2017, ADDIT3D brought together 90 exhibiting firms, which made an average of 225 commercial contacts with potential clients. The conference programme, coordinated by ADDIMAT, will address the sector’s major challenges, offering cutting-edge solutions to improve the product value chain. Representatives of leading companies will pass on their experience of the new applications that are already successful in this field, with provisions of exceeding €16 billion in 2020.

Thanks to its combination of exhibition and conferences, ADDIT3D has become a benchmark to exchange information and technology, develop international promotion strategies and hence discover new business opportunities. ADDIT3D is organised by ADDIMAT, Spanish Association for Additive and 3D Manufacturing Technologies, and Bilbao Exhibition Centre.

The dates for Moulding Expo 2019 have been fixed

The European tool, pattern and mould making industry and its suppliers will again be present in Stuttgart on
21 – 24 May 2019

Moulding Expo 2017

The dates for the third edition of the International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making have now been decided. The most important representatives of the industry will again be present at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre on 21 to 24 May 2019. The exhibitors, representatives of partner associations BVMF, VDMA, VDW and VDWF and Messe Stuttgart jointly decided on setting the time frame in late spring 2019. Gabriele Urhahn, Head of Marketing/Communication, GF Machining Solutions, Schorndorf: “In our opinion Moulding Expo 2019 kicks off with the perfect dates. We are delighted it was possible to set the dates in 2019 to avoid the Whitsun holidays – this was not the case in 2017.”

The dates also provide exhibitors and visitors to Moulding Expo 2019 with new ways to connect to an industry that has many overlaps within the tool, pattern and mould making sector. On 21 to 23 May 2019, the third edition of Moulding Expo will run concurrently with the Automotive Show organised by the British UKi Media & Events Ltd. combining five trade fairs from the automotive supply industry under one roof. Roland Pfletschinger, Managing Director, Pfletschinger & Gauch, Plochingen: “The themes of the Automotive Shows are an ideal supplement to Moulding Expo. They offer synergy on a broad scale – both for us as exibitor and for trade fair visitors who will then have a complete technology overview.”

Nothing therefore stands in the way of a successful Moulding Expo 2019 – in fact 70 exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance. The exhibition advisory committee was unanimous: “The ideal dates and the interaction with the Automotive Shows will also have a positive impact on visitor figures.” The last edition of Moulding Expo 2017 was attended by a total of 14,000 visitors from 52 countries during its four days.

About Moulding Expo – International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making
The focus of Moulding Expo is on tool, pattern and mould making with injection moulding, die-cast moulding, casting, stamping and forming tools, as well as various pattern-making and prototyping methods. Components and accessories, machine tools, processing tools, measuring technology and special machines, software, and systems and services for tool construction and pattern and mould making round off the scope of the trade fair. Specialist forums and special exhibitions complement the varied programme. 760 exhibitors and around 14,000 trade visitors came to Stuttgart for the second event.

Messe Stuttgart is the organiser of Moulding Expo. It is supported by the German Association of Pattern and Mould Making (BVMF), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Tool Making Association), the German Association of Tool and Mouldmakers (VDWF), the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) and the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA).

Le grand événement français dédié à toute l’industrie verra le jour en 2018.

Paris verra la création, du 27 au 30 mars, du seul événement regroupant l’ensemble de l’écosystème industriel hexagonal et européen.

Soutenu et voulu par les plus hautes autorités de notre pays, l’Alliance pour l’Industrie du Futur, les collectivités et les organisations professionnelles, il réunira, en point d’orgue de la Semaine de l’Industrie, l’ensemble des savoir-faire, outils et technologies de production. 50 000 visiteurs sont attendus sur plus de 100 000 m². L’occasion unique de rencontrer l’ensemble des acteurs des secteurs concernés, de découvrir vos partenaires et l’industrie de demain !

L’industrie redevient une priorité nationale
Dans une industrie du futur qui rebat les cartes à l’échelon mondial, la France a un rôle de premier plan à jouer et à retrouver. Elle bénéficie pour cela d’un soutien inédit des pouvoirs publics qui ont érigé sa modernisation en priorité nationale. Dès 2015, Emmanuel MACRON, Ministre de l’Economie et de l’Industrie, émettait le souhait d’un grand événement européen tourné vers l’industrie du futur. Ce vœu deviendra réalité en mars à Paris Nord Villepinte à travers la tenue inédite et conjointe de 4 salons professionnels majeurs :

  • MIDEST – Salon des Savoir-Faire en sous-traitance industrielle
  • SMART INDUSTRIES – Salon de l’industrie Connectée,  Collaborative et Efficiente
  • INDUSTRIE – Salon des Technologies et Equipements de Production
  • TOLEXPO – Salon des Solutions et des Equipements pour la Tôlerie

Grande première : un événement rassemble toutes les filières
Fortes de cette volonté politique et professionnelle, elles se fédèrent enfin !

Start-up, offreurs de produits et de solutions, équipementiers, sous-traitants, donneurs d’ordres, PME, ETI, grands groupes, pôles de compétitivité, centres de recherche, incubateurs…, tous les savoir-faire seront présents, de la conception à la production en passant par les services.
Car l’ambition est bel et bien de redonner à l’industrie française une visibilité et sa place au premier rang des nations, en valorisant ses pépites et la force de son tissu régional. Elle est également de vous permettre, à vous, professionnels, de construire une relation durable avec de nouveaux partenaires et de renforcer vos liens avec vos contacts.  Elle est enfin de valoriser l’innovation, l’excellence, l’image du secteur auprès du grand public, et des jeunes en particulier, et d’accompagner chacun vers le futur. Avec plus de 50% de nouveaux métiers prévus d’ici 15 ans, l’avenir se prépare dès maintenant !
Vitrine de la quatrième révolution industrielle en cours, cette édition sera rythmée d’animations innovantes – machines, technologies, focus formation et recrutement…- et d’un programme de conférences associant retours d’expériences et témoignages de grands capitaines d’industrie.

Prenez date pour ce Rendez-vous unique, du 27 au 30 Mars 2018, à Paris Nord Villepinte !

Tool, pattern and mould makers have a home

763 exhibitors, 14,000 visitors: 2nd edition establishes Moulding Expo as the international marketplace for an innovative industry

Stuttgart proved to be the perfect stage for the topics in                    the industry
Thomas Seul, President of the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF): “MEX is characterised by a very special ‘spirit’. The profile of the trade fair in the industry is very pronounced. Tool makers came to Stuttgart and presented their company on their marketplace.“ Companies are able here to gain an ideal overview of the innovations, trends and developments in their market environment. The trade fair location of Stuttgart is predestined for this. The region around the state capital of Baden-Württemberg has the highest industrial density in Germany and Europe. It is also home to one of the most productive clusters of tool, pattern and mould makers in the world. Southern Germany also contains a large number of traditional user industries such as plastic and metal working enterprises and automotive component suppliers.

The formative topics and trends during the four-day trade fair were very clear:
Nothing is preoccupying companies in the industry as much as digitalisation, an area which is posing great challenges for medium-sized enterprises in particular. This is also closely linked to the increasing internationalisation of business processes. During his tour of the trade fair Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, underlined the “impressive inventive and creative spirit” of tool, pattern and mould makers, and wished the companies courage on their road to the digital future. “It is easier to connect IT to our industrial world than the other way round. I know that tool, pattern and mould makers are stretched to the limit here, but also that they will achieve this objective.”

The exhibitors at MEX included many important companies who are assuming key roles in digitalisation with their products and services. Trade visitors were also able to obtain an extensive picture of the generative technologies, which are now changing the entire industry, and find out how 3-D technology and additive manufacturing methods can be integrated in their own process chains. Florian Niethammer, Team Director for Moulding Expo at Messe Stuttgart: “A large number of visitors to the trade fair came with specific requirements, even with project drawings, in order to discuss their concerns and problems on the spot with exhibitors. Intensive discussions were held and projects were also concretised right away. This represents something special.”

Exhibitors and visitors both rate MEX as positive
“Key to markets” is the motto of Messe Stuttgart. In the opinion of the exhibitors, this did not promise too much. They regard MEX as the perfect platform for the industry, and all of them awarded the trade fair good marks. Exhibitors unanimously mentioned good and lengthy business discussions. According to Franz Tschacha from the company Deckerform in Aichach, MEX is a “distribution and sales trade fair for German tool makers, which rightly exudes confidence.”
The participants were therefore confident that MEX will become even more relevant for the industry in future. MEX also went down very well with trade visitors: Out of the more than 14,000 visitors, 83 per cent said they would recommend the trade fair to other people while 93 per cent of them already knew that they would come back to the third edition of MEX in 2019.

Meeting point for an international industry network
One important task which was given to the MEX team by the advisory boards was to increase the internationality of the trade fair. “We are on the right track here,” said Niethammer. “The companies in which the visitors work come from Europe and all over the world.“ 31 per cent of exhibitors came from abroad – an increase of 7 per cent.

Theoretical and practical highlights in the extensive accompanying programme
Up to date and compact: first-class speakers provided insights into the important developments from the world of tool, pattern and mould making. “The seminars, talks and workshops were ideal occasions to exchange information, carry out further training and hold constructive discussions on technical topics. Experts from many different business areas in the industry met here,” said Florian Niethammer. Another highlight was the MEX special exhibition on the promotion of young people with detailed information on training and advanced training.

Outlook: after MEX is before MEX
No sooner had MEX 2017 finished at Messe Stuttgart, than the preparations for the third edition of the trade fair started. The trade fair organisers have resolved to continue establishing Moulding Expo as the leading European trade fair for the industry. “We are pleased that our still young trade fair is now already a permanent fixture in the calendar of European tool, pattern and mould makers,” said Ulrich Kromer von Baerle. He also clearly defined the next steps: “MEX 2017 has strengthened our conviction that we are on the right path together with the industry. However, organising trade fairs also means that we must continually develop and learn. We will therefore meet with the advisory board in autumn and determine the key topics and date of Moulding Expo 2019.“

The future of technology at your fingertips: Register for Micro Nano MEMS now

Visitor registration is now open for Micro Nano MEMS 2017, which will take place at the annual Sensors & Instrumentation show in Hall 1 at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September 2017. Visitors will benefit from access to innovative and exciting feature areas, the latest technologies and products from the line-up of exemplary exhibitors and CPD accredited seminars. Plus, the first 200 visitors that make it through the door before 10am on each day will be treated to a complimentary breakfast, sponsored by Keller.

Micro Nano MEMS offers attendees the opportunity to explore market-leading solutions in the micro and nano technology field. The event will cover the full spectrum of technologies, from laser micromachining through to micro injection moulding, and from MEMS fabrication, through to assembly, inspection and test equipment.

What’s more, visitors will also be able to attend expert-led, CPD accredited seminars taking place during both days of the event and covering a range of intellectually stimulating topics. Event manager Jacqui Henderson comments: “The seminars are of great interest to visitors, offering a wealth of knowledge and expertise on some of the most significant findings and progressions in the micro and nano manufacturing field.”

As a part of Sensors & Instrumentation, Micro Nano MEMS also has access to the brand new and fully interactive feature area Connecting Industry L!VE, featuring Stanley Qubit, a fully autonomous NAO-25 humanoid robot as seen on BBC 1. Visitors will be able to see new products live and in action as exhibitors take to the stage to showcase the latest developments in the industry; a unique opportunity to learn how such products can be beneficial to business progression.

Also new this year is the Drone Zone Demo Area, hosted by UK Drone Show. The Drone Zone features demonstrations of the real life applications that are possible with advancing drone technology, incorporating intricate micro technologies, and the obstacles that will need to be overcome for this vision to become a reality.

Returning for 2017 is the popular Formula 1 Simulation Car, sponsored by PR Electronics, guaranteed to bring a competitive and entertaining edge to the event while providing the perfect networking opportunity. Also returning is the Innovation Showcase, which has been expanded to allow even more exhibitors to display their products.

For more information and to register visit