AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is bringing new excitement to IMTS 2024 and North America through its partnership with the European trade show producer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH – the producers of Formnext and SPS – Smart Production Solutions – and Gardner Business Media.

This endeavor combines AMT's impact as the producer of IMTS – the largest manufacturing show in the western hemisphere; Mesago's rich history as the producer of robust European shows Formnext and SPS, and the leading mulltimedia organization Gardner Business Media, which represents industries from manufacturing to additive, to plastics and composites.

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Formnext, World's Leading AM Event, Now in the United States

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Held annually in Frankfurt, Germany, Formnext is the international AM destination (59% of exhibitors and 50% of attendees were international). Considered the “Cheers” the AM industry because of the strength of the community and its connections, Formnext showcases the entire AM ecosystem and attracts industrial professionals in every technology and market niche. Formnext 2023 attendance exceeded expectations with a record 859 exhibitors and 32,851 visitors.

The presence of Fromnext in the United States is a result of the collaboration not only among AMT and Mesago Messe Frankfurt, but also Gardner Business Media (GBA), the leading industry multimedia organization.

IMTS 2024 reflects this collaboration in the Additive Manufacturing Sector, accelerated by Formnext. Located at the entrance to McCormick Place’s West Building, the AM Sector contains a mix of world-leading exhibitors, new start-ups that will display breakthrough additive solutions, and features educational presentations on the Formnext Stage.

Beyond IMTS, the new Formnext Chicago expo (April 8-10, 2025 at McCormick Place) will showcase the entire additive manufacturing value chain, including materials, design and control software, production, post-production equipment, service providers and metrology.

Formnext Forum Austin 2026 offers an intimate and immersive learning experience for attendees and is built around a robust conference schedule with an emphasis on sharing ideas and technology advancements in production 3D printing. Formnext Forum Austin will return in the Spring of 2026, at Palmer Event Center, Austin, TX.

AMT's Bonnie Gurney, vice president of strategic content and partnerships, chats with Sascha Wenzler, vice president of Formnext about the event and Formnext Chicago coming in 2025.


About Formnext Chicago

Formnext Chicago creates one event in the United States dedicated to all aspects for additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing. Formnext Chicago will be the North American gathering place for the next generation of industrial production. Formnext Chicago will run April 8 – 10, 2025, at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.

About Formnext Forum Austin

Formnext Forum Austin offers an intimate and immersive learning experience for attendees and is built around a robust conference schedule with an emphasis on sharing ideas and technology advancements in production 3D printing. Formnext Forum Austin will return in 2026, at Palmer Event Center, Austin, TX.

About Mesago Messe Frankfurt

Mesago, founded in 1982 and located in Stuttgart, specializes in exhibitions and conferences on various topics of technology. The company belongs to the Messe Frankfurt Group. Mesago operates internationally and is not tied to a specific venue. With 160 members of staff Mesago organizes events for the benefit of more than 3,300 exhibitors and over 110,000 trade visitors, conference delegates and speakers from all over the world. Numerous trade associations, publishing houses, scientific institutes and universities work with Mesago closely as advisers, co-organizers and partners.

About Messe Frankfurt North America, Inc.

Messe Frankfurt North America, Inc. is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America, Inc. produces and manages 10 shows within the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including: The Clean Show, Texworld New York City, Apparel Sourcing New York City, Home Textiles Sourcing, Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Festival of Motoring Atlanta, and Process Expo.

About AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

AMT represents and promotes U.S.-based manufacturing technology and its members – those who design, build, sell, and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing. Founded in 1902 and based in Virginia, the association specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America.

About Gardner Business Media, Inc.

Gardner Business Media is the premier publisher and event producer for manufacturing in North America – providing unique, one-of-a-kind, relevant information of keen interest to the people who power plants, shops, and factories. With powerhouse media brands like Modern Machine Shop, Plastics Technology, Composites World and Additive Manufacturing Gardner has unprecedented reach into the North American manufacturing ecosystem.