Rapid.Tech 3D is broadening its international scope. In 2023 the well-established conference and trade show for additive manufacturing (AM) will be turning its attention to India. The Asian subcontinent is an emerging 3D printing market with annual growth rates of over 20 per cent. As such the Indian government is seeking to promote the use of AM technologies on an industrial scale. It has put together a national strategy focusing on applications in medicine, the automotive industry, aviation and aerospace. It is also keen to intensify efforts to build partnerships with various companies and institutions working in international business and science.
The organisers of Rapid.Tech 3D see plenty of jumping off points for collaboration with Indian partners, as evidenced by the meetings which the Erfurt team has held over the past few weeks with stakeholders in the AM community in India. In early December, the team went along to AMtech Expo in Hyderabad, India’s largest AM tech trade event. It also paid a visit to the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) in Delhi, which represents over 1.5 million Indian firms, and to the Indian German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC), which coordinates Indo-German research projects in AM and other areas.
Representatives from Messe Erfurt signed a memorandum of understanding with the CEO of AMtech Expo organiser CNT, Aditya Chandavarkar, as well as the CEO of the media platform AM Chronicle, Dilip Raghavan. “We had some very inspiring conversations, which allowed us to lay the foundation for promising collaboration in the future. Now we just have to flesh out the details,” says Michael Kynast, CEO of Rapid.Tech 3D organiser Messe Erfurt GmbH. This includes some joint PR work and mutual support when organising AM events, for example for a joint stand in India and a business trip to Rapid.Tech 2023 in Erfurt. There are also plans to invite leading Indian representatives from the AM industry to be keynote speakers at the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference, to demonstrate Indian competences in 3D printing through a range of workshops and to set up a platform for exchange among Indian and German AM network partners.
In just two decades, Rapid.Tech 3D has become a leading specialist event for additive manufacturing (AM) in Central Europe. At its core is the specialist conference, which international industry and research experts use to showcase the latest developments and applications, primarily in medicine, mobility, machine and tool manufacture, electronics and architecture and construction. Big-name companies, such as Arburg, Farsoon, FIT, Stratasys, Toolcraft and Trumpf, are regular exhibitors. In addition to established suppliers and users of industrial 3D printing technology and services, Rapid.Tech 3D also serves as a platform for start-ups and innovative research projects.
Over 2,500 trade visitors from 18 countries flocked to Rapid.Tech 3D 2022 in Erfurt. They learned about new products and services in additive manufacturing from 97 exhibitors from eleven countries, including the US, the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland. Visitors were delighted with the conference programme, which featured ground-breaking keynote addresses and trade forums offering in-depth presentations. Delegate numbers were higher in comparison to the last in-person conference in 2019.
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