2015, the atmosphere at Rapid.Tech, FabCon 3.D and Erfurter Printcocktail was more international than ever before. Together, the three trade fairs hosted 3,971 (2014: 3,500) trade visitors from 15 different countries, as well as exhibitors from nine countries and 80 speakers from eight countries.
Around 40% of the trade visitors had travelled over 300 kilometres to attend. Of the German visitors, the largest numbers came from the states of Thuringia (28%), Bavaria (20%) and North-Rhine Westphalia (10%). Trade visitors from 14 different industries were in attendance, around 75% of whom were decision-makers in their companies. The high scientific quality of the conference programme was demonstrated by the fact that 40% of the trade visitors worked in research and development.
More and more companies are using the specialist events in Erfurt as a venue for product launches. This year, Coffee Solution GmbH, one of 3D Systems’ key sales partners, presented the world’s first carbon fibre 3D printer, the Mark One. “We decided to debut this innovation at Rapid.Tech as it is truly one of the most important events for the additive manufacturing industry. Other trade fairs have smaller areas where 3D printers are exhibited, but the combined conference and trade fair makes Rapid.Tech completely unique,” explained Lisa Widmann-Gmähle, Head of Marketing at Coffee Solution.
Danish 3D printer manufacturer Blueprinter showed off the only device in the world to feature SHS (selective heat sintering) technology. “Rapid.Tech is the ideal place for us to launch our product. The event draws in a wide range of visitors, which allows us to reach both potential industrial users and important contacts within the fields of design, architecture and construction,” explained Lene Jensen, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Blueprinter.