The number of attendees of Moulding Expo’s international press conference in Portugal on March 8, 2017 speaks for itself: Around 90 people convened in Marinha Grande, Portugal’s moldmaking Mecca, to either report or find out about the latest stats and news regarding Europe’s premier show for the tool and moldmaking sector.
And the show, which was inaugurated by Messe Stuttgart in 2015, is on a healthy growth path. Long-standing Messe Stuttgart CEO Ulrich Kromer von Baerle is eagerly looking forward to 30 May and said that Moulding Expo 2017 is going to be even bigger and more international than the inaugural show in 2015.
“It really pleases me to see how our Moulding Expo has evolved,” he said. “Organizing a trade fair by the industry for the industry – well, that's what we do and have always done. The market has responded so well to the idea that we are on the way to becoming the leading trade fair for toolmaking, pattern and moldmaking in Europe.”
So far, 670 companies have registered for the show and the organizers expect to pass the 700 mark. Around 50% of all exhibitors are tool and moldmakers, showcasing their products and capabiblities. As a result, the show will cover more than 42,000 m² in four exhibition halls, one more than in 2015.
Moulding Expo organizer Messe Stuttgart is also keen to grow international exhibitor and visitor numbers. “Following the great commitment from our partners in Germany – the MF (German model-making association), VDMA (German Engineering Federation), VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) and VDWF (Association for German tool and moldmakers), for instance, – close cooperation with ISTMA (the International Special Tooling and MachiningI also gave our prospects a big boost,” Kromer said. A total of 19 associations and more than 8,000 companies from across the world are organised within this global association.
And the ISTMA Lounge in Hall 4 will use best-practice examples to showcase aspects of training and technology transfer. The podium discussions and the presentation of key figures will enable representatives from international toolmaking markets to find out where they can exchange experiences and learn from each other at an international level. Matchmaking sessions are also being arranged for delegations and individual member companies to enable them to get together with their business partners during their trip to Stuttgart.
And since the demand for skilled people continues to be an international issue, Hall 4 will also be home to an area dedicated to education and training. School classes will have an opportunity to discuss their future with trainers and apprentices there, and to give the idea a more hand-on edge, there will also be guided tours around the trade fair.