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Fakuma Preview Plasticstoday.com Global Plastics rePort 2015 51 where work gets done. Here, we engage in numerous in-depth discussions with existing and prospective customers from Germany, Europe and overseas, and suc- ceed in getting many specific projects off the ground." Intimacy does not preclude an inter- national scope, and Fakuma continues to attract a global audience in ever increas- ing numbers. That adds to the appeal. "While German-speaking markets are the dominant presence, the fair has expanded into an event for the entire European and international plastics com- munity," says Hellmann, adding that this reach makes Fakuma one of the most exciting shows he attends. Daneyrole echoes those sentiments. DuPont is a global company, he notes, and "the fact that a growing number of visitors come from abroad is very encour- aging and worth us spending resources." He and his peers will be delighted to learn that manufacturers and distribu- tors from 35 industrialized nations will be exhibiting at Fakuma this year, many of them presenting new products and processes. Visitors will hail from more than 100 countries, according to show organizer P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG. To make it worth their while, some new features have been announced for the 2015 show. additive manufacturing, aka 3d printing, has been part of the Fakuma mix for many years The West Foyer will host a Thermo- forming Island, where visitors can gain a more thorough understanding of this technology. The goal of this collective booth is to provide in-depth insights into the thermoforming process, especially in light of the fact that modern thermo- forming is approaching unprecedented accuracy levels, writes Schall in a press release. Additive manufacturing, aka 3D printing, has been part of the Fakuma mix for many years, but the applications continue to expand, and the technology will be featured prominently in October. In addition to its impact on tool and moldmaking, "new and alternative ma- terials are offering [novel] options in the production of samples and series parts with the 3D printing process, which is, in many cases, more than just supple- menting injection molding, thermo- forming and extrusion," writes the show organizer. A sampling of exhibitors and products that will be showcased at the event are featured in the following pages. Fakuma 2015 will be held in Fried- richshafen from October 13 to 17. Opening hours this year will be 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays and 9 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. For more information about Fakuma 2015, go to the event website at www. fakuma-messe.de. Tschüss, and see you at the show!

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