Retrospective of formnext 2017: SLM Solutions Convinces with Innovation and Conclusion of Business Deals

Enthusiastic customers and numerous discussions


formnext 2017 ended in Frankfurt last Friday. SLM Solutions Group AG convinced trade fair visitors with new product launches and crowned its good services and performance with numerous discussions and business deals during the four days of the fair.

formnext 2017 was a resounding success for the organizers as well as for SLM Solutions Group AG. Four hundred seventy exhibitors from 33 countries presented their most important new products.  With more than 21,000 visitors, the trade fair was able to increase the number of visitors by more than 60 percent and consequently continue its success story.


SLM Solutions, one of the leading manufacturers of metal-based additive manufacturing technology, presented one of the most important innovations to the industry in live operation at formnext 2017: The new SLM 800 provides technological integration into production processes using SLM processes. In addition to the significantly enlarged construction chamber (850x500x280 mm), the degree of automation with the docked removal and unpacking station especially convinced customers at the fair.

As a result, this conviction already led to a major order for 20 machines of the new type SLM 800 on the first day of the fair. The machines are going to a customer from the energy sector with headquarters in Asia. The positive trend continued for the company during the trade fair with the conclusion of additional sales contracts.


The new booth of SLM Solutions contributed to the success as a vibrant contact and innovation platform. SLM Solutions received a very positive feedback from visitors, who stated that the booth of SLM Solutions was one of the most visited. The machine technology, peripherals and software integration solutions displayed at the SLM Solutions booth especially attracted a great deal of interest. The trade visitors are convinced that SLM Solutions is an important trendsetter, and the company has again succeeded in confirming its position as the technology leader in additive manufacturing in the long term.

Uwe Bögershausen, board member of SLM Solutions Group AG, is very pleased with the result: "Numerous discussions and business deals directly at the trade fair demonstrate its high economic importance for us. The trade visitors represented numerous world-renowned companies and the entire spectrum of industrial production. We are highly satisfied with the discussions that we held with top-rate experts from a wide range of industrial sectors such as the energy sector, aerospace, automotive and the medical technology industry. Thanks to the quality and variety of our solutions, we literally inspired visitors to our booth. formnext is an excellent business platform for us; we are looking forward to taking part again next year."

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