In the last quarter of this year, O.R. Laser made a splash at three major trade shows: Euromold, Fakuma, and Blechexpo.
We kicked off in September at the 22nd Euromold, which took place in Düsseldorf for the first time. Euromold is the place to go for products, services, and technologies related to mold and pattern making, tooling, design, additive manufacturing, and product development: virtually everything, in other words, “from idea across prototyping to series production”. It is devoted to showcasing new innovations and trends that are poised to drive future market developments. A unique, consistently implemented aspect of this event is a strong commitment to enabling industrial designers, product developers, processors, second-tier suppliers, and users to actively network with one another.
And there is absolutely no doubt that the show’s debut in Düsseldorf exceeded all expectations. No fewer than 11,160 trade visitors from 48 countries were counted, nearly half of them high-ranking corporate decision-makers. This fact alone filled the exhibitors and organizers in the bustling halls with satisfaction and optimism. Where additive manufacturing and 3D printing were concerned, you might even say that the participants were caught up in something very much like gold rush fever.
Under these circumstances, our booth couldn’t help but be a big hit with the EVO Mobile Diodeline with powder nozzle as its centerpiece.
24th edition of “Fakuma—International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing” in the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center on Lake Constance also attracted large numbers of exhibitors and trade visitors. The show achieved its ambitious aim of becoming the “pulsating global center of plastics processing” with flying colors, as was proved by many enthusiastic comments by participants. One thrilled visitor aptly summed it up as follows: “Plastics processing is Fakuma!” It couldn’t have been expressed better!
Close to 1,800 exhibitors occupying space of 85,000 square meters welcomed just under 50,000 trade visitors from 120 nations. This international trend is driving an optimistic mood in the industry—after all, it is opening up new market opportunities for everyone! In addition to serving as an innovation platform, i.e. an ideal setting for providers to exhibit their products and service portfolios, this trade show also increasingly defines itself as a business platform. And rightfully so: this year saw considerable willingness to invest, and quite a lot of deals were closed as a result.
O.R. Laser’s booth featured a wide range of products of different categories, including “laser processing of materials”, “marking and inscribing”, “laser welding” and quite a few others. But the biggest attractions were without a doubt deep engraving for injection molds with the ORLAS Portal and the diverse applications for our powder nozzle.
After those two very successful events, we naturally wanted to follow through with the third big trade show of the quarter. So we went into high gear to meet and exceed our targets.
There is no denying that the organizers have pulled off an impressive coup by combining two related events under one roof: Blechexpo and Schweisstec for sheet metal processing and joining technology. Nearly 40,000 trade visitors encountered over 1200 exhibitors and providers on space of 90,000 square meters, naturally including a team from O.R. Laser.
Once again, cladding using a powder nozzle took center stage alongside marking and engraving with ORLAS Portal. It’s interesting to note that the organizers, like their counterparts at other trade shows, are keen to stress practical applications even more strongly by focusing attention on process chains. This trend runs like a golden thread from Euromold across Fakuma to Blechexpo/Schweisstec.back