The Nordic Region will be in the spotlight at Formnext 2023.


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Formnext 2023, one of the most highly anticipated events in the additive manufacturing industry, has officially opened its doors! As people from all over the world gather to partake in conferences, discussions, and more, it is important to recognize the crucial role that exhibitors play in this event. This year, the honor of representing the annual partner country, or partner region in some cases, goes to the Nordic region. The Nordic region is a geographical and cultural region in Northern Europe, consisting of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

While the Nordic countries are well-known for their natural beauty and high quality of life, they may not necessarily be the first that come to mind when thinking about additive manufacturing. However, the region has been steadily growing in this sector in recent years, with more and more industries recognizing the value of 3D printing. For example, the oil industry in Norway sees the use of additive manufacturing technologies as a way to create jobs and increase profits while maintaining sustainability.

The Nordic region is investing heavily in new additive manufacturing technologies, particularly in education. Sini Metsä-Kortelainen from the Finnish Additive Manufacturing Ecosystem emphasizes that these countries are positioning themselves to become leaders in sustainable additive manufacturing. In Finland, for instance, they are already able to design, produce, and test critical components and products using 3D printing.

However, compared to other parts of Western Europe and countries like the USA and China, the Nordic region still has some ground to cover in terms of additive manufacturing capabilities. This is where the partnership with Formnext comes in. By being a part of this event, the Nordic region hopes to accelerate their activity in additive manufacturing and learn from industry leaders.

Jan Tore Usken, Manager at Norwegian AM, expresses his excitement about the inclusion of the Nordic region at Formnext: “We are truly humbled by this year’s Formnext spotlight at the Nordics. We are hoping for business and technology inspiration, great networking, and to find help scaling up the Norwegian AM activity. To be honest, I personally think Norway is lagging behind in utilizing the benefits of AM – but hopefully, the activity will accelerate.”

As part of the partner region with Formnext, exhibitors from the Nordic countries will be showcased in the Nordic Pavilion in Hall 11.0, D68. The Danish AM Hub, taking on the role of the lead partner, will be at the forefront of the pavilion. They will be hosting a series of events focused on sustainability and conducting daily live demonstrations of their CO2 Calculator. Other Nordic regions will also be represented in different halls and booths.

In total, around 26 exhibitors from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden will be present, each showcasing the expertise and strengths of their respective countries. For example, the Finnish AM industry will display service providers, software suppliers, and polymer 3D printer manufacturers, highlighting the strong connections between the sector and the industry. Sweden, on the other hand, will focus on its strong connection to material manufacturing.

Attendees of Formnext can expect to witness the potential of the Nordic regions in additive manufacturing and learn from the best in the industry. With the Nordic countries’ commitment to sustainability and their investments in new AM technologies, this partnership with Formnext is a step towards establishing the region as a leader in sustainable additive manufacturing.

Formnext, one of the biggest additive manufacturing trade shows in the world, is just around the corner. This year, the Nordic pavilion is set to be one of the highlights, featuring companies with impressive partnerships and innovative solutions.

At the Nordic Pavilion, visitors can learn more about companies that have collaborated with renowned brands such as Lego, Danfoss, and Grundfos. One notable exhibitor is Create It Real, known for its specialized orthopedic solutions. But it’s not just about the partnerships – the exhibitors will also showcase innovations across the entire additive manufacturing process chain.

Frank Rosengreen Lorenzen, CEO of the Danish AM Hub, emphasized the importance of Denmark’s skilled and innovative professionals in the additive manufacturing industry. He highlighted their continuous efforts to push the boundaries of AM technology and create products for the future.

The Nordic region has gained recognition not only for its innovative companies but also for its commitment to sustainability. At this year’s Formnext, the countries aim to bring attention to their sustainable practices facilitated by additive manufacturing. The region has made significant progress in achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in areas like industry, innovation, infrastructure, and responsible consumption and production.

Norwegian AM’s Usken noted that the Nordic region has excelled in SDGs within Agenda 2030, and Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway rank among the top five in sustainability reports. Additive manufacturing plays a significant role in achieving these goals, including SDG 9 and SDG 12. The emphasis on sustainability is especially evident in the northern industry, with a strong focus on nature preservation and responsible working conditions.

To support this sustainability theme, the Nordic Pavilion will host various events dedicated to the topic. The Danish AM Hub, for example, will present a CO2 calculator, and all Nordic region members are excited to showcase their sustainability advancements.

If you’re attending Formnext this year, don’t miss the Nordic pavilion. You can explore a list of exhibitors on their website and learn more about the exciting innovations and sustainable practices they have to offer. Let us know if you’ll be heading to the Nordic pavilion by leaving a comment below or reaching out on our social media platforms.

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