Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019 Closes to High Praise Following Relocation to Birmingham

The doors closed yesterday on the Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019, which took place for the first time at its new home the NEC, Birmingham. This year’s expo contained some exciting new features, including a third conference stage signalling significant growth for this sector-leading event.

The Introducing Stage, was a new forum for exhibitors to meet with delegates and demonstrate their technologies first-hand. Also new to the show floor was the Acceleration Zone, a forum for taking new ideas and organisations to the next level. Other additions included two new conference sessions: a global perspectives session as well as a panel discussion on the role of women in engineering.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK’s only dedicated, standalone exhibition for medical device engineering and manufacturing. The event was complemented by the Med-Tech Innovation Conference organised in partnership with Medilink UK, as well as the Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards. This year saw an expansion of the show floor to accommodate a record number of exhibitors nearing 300 from 14 countries. Initial data shows that this dynamic event connected almost 3,000 attendees across the two days from 34 different countries, with an exciting and diverse range of businesses, on hand to help them solve their medical design and manufacturing challenges.

"Med-Tech gives us the opportunity to show and discuss the types of services that Boddingtons Plastics can offer to our customers. 

We've seen really good footfall and had several new leads for new devices. The show has been a great success for us and in fact we've booked for next year already." 
Chris Philpott, Business Development Manager, Boddingtons Plastics Ltd 

The event is fast becoming Europe’s go-to show for product launches, with a raft of companies bringing new and futuristic engineering solutions for healthcare OEMs and medtech start-ups to examine.

Lohmann Technologies demonstrated how they are moving with the times. The evolution of modern textiles has increased rapidly over the last 30 years and these fabrics have new applications in the medical world, with the group demonstrating how textile bonding has evolved in the sector.

Faulhaber raised the bar and showed their innovative winding technology and optimised design with the introduction of the Faulhaber BXT family of flat brushless DC motors presented, at Med-Tech Innovation Expo, for the very first time in the UK.

In all, more than 50 engaging and inspiring presentations took place across three stages, along with a wealth of exciting and educational show features. Visitors saw presentations from a wide range of major OEMs, government officials and industry experts. On the Conference Stage , attendees heard presentations from speakers including Mark McIntyre, Boston Scientific; Nicola Blackwood, Department of Health and Social Care; and Chris Hudson from Roche Diagnostics.

On the HealthTech Stage speakers included, Oli Hudson from Wilmington Healthcare; Dr Lydia Yarlott from Forward; and Dr Iain Hennessey, NHS England.

Meanwhile, event exhibitors shared technical know-how on the Introducing Stage: speakers included Dr Grace Jennings from NICE Scientific Advice, Ewan Grist, Chris de Mauny and Toby Bond from Bird & Bird and a global perspectives session moderated and sponsored by Marks & Clerk LLP.

“It was actually a great pleasure to be invited to the Med-Tech Expo meeting. I spoke on the Introducing Stage, which I must say was a packed audience. We had a great stream of people coming up to the stand to talk to us after. "
Tom Clutton-Brock, Clinical Director, MD-TEC.

In addition to the packed conference and seminar programme, visitors experienced a range of exciting show features. The Medilink UK Pavilion featured a range of Medilink member businesses, including Loughborough University, Piota and White Horse Plastics, an excellent platform to highlight their solutions to industry challenges.

"Great day at MedTechExpo, interesting presentations and conversations with exhibitors & visitors. Will definitely be back next year!" 
Emmanuelle Jeannot, Owner, Medical Translator

"It's a good mix of exhibitors, we came to speak to a couple of clients and the conversations turned out very fruitful."
Robert Johnston, Injection Mould Tooling Expert, GSK

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Group, owners of Med-Tech Innovation Expo commented,
“We are delighted with another significant step forward for this event as we work to create a defining event experience for the UK medtech sector. The two days contained many highlights, new products, new companies, world-class presentations and stunning applications. Whilst as organisers we have had superb feedback, we recognise we can't do it without industry support, so we thank all our exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and partners for their efforts; they make the show."

MEDILINK UK HEALTHCARE BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS At the Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards, ten awards were presented to winners for both Medilink UK and Med-Tech Innovation categories. Judges rewarded companies for their contributions to the medtech and life science industry. The full list of finalists and winners can be found here.

2019 Winners Announced: Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards in Association with Med-Tech Innovation

Quotient Sciences - Winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award

Quotient Sciences - Winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award

Birmingham 16th May 2019. Last night the 2019 Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards took place. The sell-out gala dinner was the best yet, with 250 professionals from across the industry coming to celebrate with the winners, network with peers and share their pride in the industry.
This year’s awards recognised a multitude of achievements and outstanding contributions to life sciences. Ten awards were given out: five Medilink UK categories and five new Med-Tech Innovation categories. The Medilink UK winners were chosen from an exclusive shortlist comprised entirely of winners from each of the regional Medilink awards (held throughout 2018 and early 2019). Meanwhile the Med-Tech Innovation award winners were chosen by an independent judging panel, who represent key stakeholders from across the supply chain. The panel was tasked with assessing each entry in each of the five categories on the merit of their contribution to the medical device engineering supply chain.

After a busy first day at Med-Tech Innovation Expo (the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical device design and manufacturing technology), guests enjoyed a three-course gala dinner, drinks and entertainment.

The awards were presented by Adam Kay, award winning author of the hilarious bestseller This Is Going to Hurt - recollections from his days as a junior doctor. Adam provided post-dinner entertainment to rapturous applause.

In total, 10 companies from across the UK and overseas were presented with either a Medilink UK or Med-Tech Innovation award.

Nick Rogers, Vice-Chair of Medilink UK commented; 
“The Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards have been a raging success once again, congratulations to all of the award winners, runners up and finalists. It’s been 
fantastic to see so many people from across the industry coming together to celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions to the Life Sciences sector.”

Dave Gray, Group Editor - Life Sciences Med-Tech Innovation;
‘‘It's been a privilege to learn about all of the exceptional work being done in the UK and overseas to advance the healthcare sector. This year the awards have shone a spotlight on not only those suppliers serving the healthcare front line, but also the engineers and innovators working behind the scenes to set the pace of change.’’

Winners and runners up from each category were;  
Medilink UK categories:

START UP AWARD sponsored by MedTech SuperConnector

Winner: Virti is this year’s winner, they use virtual and augmented reality combined with artificial intelligence to transport users into realistic, hard-to-access environments and safely assesses them under pressure to improve human performance and outcomes, regardless of geographical boundaries.

The judges appreciated the use of cutting-edge technology to improve education and training and how they have applied this technology in a cost-effective manner to scale in-person training or coaching to improve human performance.

Runners up: SurePulse and Needlesmart.

EXPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD sponsored by Economic Development Board Mauritius

Winner: Paxmanthis year’s winner has been pioneering scalp cooling technology for over 20 years. Their clinically proven cold cap system has helped over 100,000 cancer patients in more than 25 countries worldwide to help retain their hair during chemotherapy.

Runners up: CellPath and Charnwood Molecular.

COLLABORATION WITH THE NHS AWARD sponsored by Wilmington Healthcare

Winner: C the Signs developed a digital decision support tool that uses artificial intelligence and the latest evidence to support doctors to identify cancer patients at the earliest and most survivable stage of the disease. It’s used widely within the NHS, and 85 GP practices have reported a 25% improvement in cancer detection rates.

Runners up: AliveCor and Syml Connect.

INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Barker Brettell

Winner: Ariane Medical Systems, chosen for its work with clinical partners to develop the Papillon50 X-ray Brachytherapy system to treat accessible tumours. The Papillon 50 is now treating patients in Denmark, France, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The technology is unique in its approach to the treatment of cancer and has been shown to be effective, with minimal side effects.

There is no other delivery system on the market that can deliver dosages at such speed and with such precision via an X-ray generator that is no bigger than a shoe box.

Runners up: MeeTwo and Walk to Beat.


Winner: Quotient Sciences, this year’s winner developed a translational pharmaceutics system which has enabled them to significantly shorten drug development times and reduce costs for biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients throughout the world.

This innovative approach to drug development differentiates Quotient Sciences in the marketplace which has driven their success in winning new customers, resulting in a 10-fold increase in financial performance and staff levels over the past 10 years.

Runners up: Creo Medical and Ingenica Solutions.

Med-Tech Innovation categories:

CONNECTED HEALTH AWARD sponsored by Digital Health Age

Winner: Sentinel Biosensor impressed the judges with their medical grade, re-useable, wearable vital signs monitor, which claims to measure more vital signs in a single device than any other. The judges described the innovation as a very impressive integration of technology that has the potential to make a huge impact across the healthcare sector.

DESIGN AWARD sponsored by Med-Tech Innovation News

Winner: Computational Life was chosen for its testing software which integrates several components of the human body in a tightly integrated manner. The judges said that where digital twins are of increasing interest across market sectors, this is a very interesting application that will have the potential to considerably reduce development time in the medtech industry.

ENGINEERING AWARD sponsored by Advantech 

Winner: ES Precision was chosen due to the ingenuity of their CO2 laser perforating process which contributes to a better, more comfortable experience for amputees when wearing artificial limbs. Judges identified an impressive use of a specialist manufacturing technique to improve patient comfort and recognised that the company has developed an efficient and effective way of manufacturing prosthetic silicone inserts by laser drilling.

INDUSTRY 4.0 AWARD sponsored by Med-Tech Innovation News
Winner: MasterControl was chosen for its Manufacturing Excellence solution for medical devices and pharmaceuticals, which eliminates the inefficient paper-based management of device history records, recipe management, batch records, travellers and other manufacturing information processes, and provides greater automation, visibility and traceability throughout the production life cycle.

Judges said that since quality management is vital for large and small manufacturers, to have the entire process digitised is a massive benefit & should be highly transferable.

MATERIALS INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Medical Plastics News

Winner: Nova-BioRubber Green TechnologiesThis year’s winner was chosen as a result of their green processing technologies for the production of hypoallergenic and sustainable biolatex, biorubber and inulin, designed to tackle latex allergy and satisfy growing rubber demand in a sustainable way.

Judges said that the material could help deal with a significant problem in the healthcare world, and that a hypoallergenic and sustainable biolatex could make a huge positive impact on the industry.

Nominees Announced & Voting Open for 2019 TCT Hall of Fame


Chester, UK - 3rd April 2019

Today, The TCT Group have the honour of announcing the nominees for the 2019 TCT Hall of Fame and are delighted to declare that voting is now open.

The TCT Awards ceremony and gala dinner is an evening of networking, recognition, prizes and celebration and this year takes place on Wednesday 25th September at the National Conference Centre, in Birmingham.
The TCT Hall of Fame recognises and celebrates those members of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry who have dedicated a lifetime of research, development, innovation and promotions of the technologies that have created and perpetuated dozens of new industries. 

The TCT Expert Advisory Board (EAB) put forward their nominations throughout Q1 and we are inspired by the high calibre of nominees. Those nominations with the most votes from the EAB have been shortlisted for the final public vote.
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd stated, “As with all of our previous nominees and inductees these five individuals have made significant contributions to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry over a prolonged period of time and their impact in accelerating the adoption of the technologies is clear for all to see. I congratulate all of the nominees and wish them good luck in the ensuing process”
The nominees in alphabetical order are:

Phill Dickens  - AM researcher, consultant & educator
Phill Dickens has been active in ‘rapid prototyping’ since 1990 and has been at the heart of the UK’s AM community for nearly three decades. His teaching and mentoring has helped to switch a generation of young engineers on to AM.

Todd Grimm - Veteran AM Consultant, writer & speaker
A 27-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry, Todd is well established as a prominent industry advisor who shares his knowledge widely, and truly understands the potential of AM.

Professor Gideon Levy - AM consultant, researcher & advisor
An early pioneer in the AM industry with his contributions beginning in 1997. Prof Dr. Levy holds over 30 patents and has published over 200 scientific and technical publications in that time.

Graham Tromans - Veteran Applications specialist & educator
A career spanning 30 years, Tromans has worked tirelessly in the development of applications for additive technologies - initially through his work with Rover and Jaguar Land Rover and latterly as advisor and consultant to industry.

Terry Wohlers - AM Consultant, author & speaker
Terry Wohlers is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc. For over 30 years he has provided consulting assistance, authored 400+ books, articles and papers and given 150 keynote presentations.

The public vote is open to all in the TCT community and the wider additive manufacturing and 3D printing family. To register your vote go to and click on Hall of Fame.
The successful nominee will join eight previous winners and will be inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame during the ceremony on 25th September.
The TCT Hall of Fame is a focal point of the TCT Awards evening that recognises those members of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry who have inspired and influenced industries around the world. Previous inductees to the prestigious and coveted Hall of Fame are: Adrian Bowyer, Scott Crump, Dr Carl Deckard, Chuck Hull, Hans Langer, Greg Morris, Prof Emanuel ‘Ely’ Sachs and Wilfried Vancrean.
For further information, to vote and for a full list of categories, submission criteria and deadlines please visit

TCT and Women in 3D Printing partner on Innovator Award


Chester, UK - 1st April 2019 - The TCT Group is delighted to announce a collaboration with Women in 3D Printing for the 2019 edition of the TCT Awards.
The partnership sees the launch of a new ‘Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award’ which will shine the spotlight on female innovators who are leading the charge in the world of design-to-manufacturing.
Women in 3D Printing is a global organisation dedicated to promoting, supporting, and inspiring women who are using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Their mission is to increase the visibility of women in the AM industry and encourage more women to use 3D Printing technologies.
The shortlist will be selected by Women in 3D Printing’s international network of ambassadors which spans more than 30 chapters around the world.  The winner will be determined by a vote which will open to the public on the TCT Awards website in May.
“TCT has been working with Women in 3D Printing and their partners Cyant, another fantastic female-led company, for the last two years on a series of hugely insightful panel sessions at our events in the UK and US,” Laura Griffiths, Deputy Group Editor at TCT Magazine said. “At TCT, we are increasingly conscious of the gender-bias within our industry and committed to delivering more diversified content across our events and publications. The launch of the Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award will be a celebration of the achievements of the trailblazing women who are pioneering and applying 3D technologies.”
Nora Toure, Founder of Women in 3D Printing stated “We are thrilled to work with TCT for this first edition of the Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award. TCT is a great partner for Women in 3D Printing and after successful past collaborations, building this Award together makes perfect sense. As we promote female leaders and game-changers in the field of Additive Manufacturing on a weekly basis on our platform, partnering with TCT for this Award is a fantastic way to give even more visibility to those women innovators.“ 
About TCT Awards
Celebrating Design-to-Manufacturing Innovation
TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the TCT Awards reflects this position. Celebrating the innovators, technologies and collaborators behind the leading examples of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering across the globe.
The very best use cases of ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects – and the TCT Awards recognises the partners in a project from designers and engineers to technology providers.
Now in its third year TCT Awards will once again celebrate design-to-manufacturing innovation across a range of industries including medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer products. Technology innovations will also be in the spotlight along with a further three inductees to the prestigious and coveted TCT Hall of Fame.
TCT Awards 2019 will take place at National Conference Centre (NCC), Birmingham, UK on 25 September 2019. 
For further information visit:

Speak at TCT Conference @ Formnext 2019


The 2019 edition of the TCT Conference @ Formnext will be held from 19th to 22nd November at Messe Frankfurt, Germany and will explore the technologies and innovations that accelerate the adoption of technologies in the design-to-manufacturing process chain.

Every year, the TCT Conference @ Formnext delivers a world-class programme, comprising of nearly 60 presentations from internationally-recognised organisations like BMW Group, Audi AG, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens Mobility, Steelcase and many more. These sessions not only highlight technological breakthroughs but also deliver a truly global overview of how 3D printing advances are impacting the manufacturing industry in Europe, the US and beyond.

By bringing together 3D printing experts, research analysts, academics, engineers and designers, this year’s summit will address recent additive manufacturing developments in industrial manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and healthcare sectors. It will also identify cutting-edge applications, materials and processes, shine a spotlight on global trends in the AM marketplace and examine how to adopt 3D printing across big and small enterprises successfully. 


The conference team is looking for inspiring and educational presentations and is now accepting abstracts on the following topics: 

  • 3D technologies in the medical and dental industry

  • Aerospace applications of 3D technologies

  • Application of 3D technologies in new product development

  • Business for AM

  • Consumer applications of 3D technologies

  • Design for AM

  • Design-to-manufacturing innovation in automotive applications

  • New materials and processes

  • New AM & 3D printing research and academia

  • Software for product development and manufacture

  • Solutions for AM in series production

  • Standardisation and regulations

  • Sustainability and environment


Your presentation title, abstract (maximum 200 words), speaker biography (maximum 200 words) and a high-resolution headshot photograph can be submitted via the online application form or by emailing Magda Brzegowy via All abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, 31st May 2019. 

Please note that abstract submissions will not be accepted from vendors of machines, materials or services who are exhibiting or are deemed to be suitable as exhibitors. Exhibitors are, however, invited to apply for the TCT Introducing Stage @ Formnextwhere the latest product developments and services are unveiled in short, fifteen-minute, presentations.


Any questions regarding the application processes can be directed to Magda Brzegowy via For more information about the conference, please visit

Rapid News Publications Ltd & JTB Communication Design Inc. announce 10-year deal to partner on TCT Japan

Tokyo Big Sight

TOKYO, JAPAN and CHESTER, UK, 28 February 2019 — On the back of a hugely successful debut edition of TCT Japan in Tokyo last month, owners of The TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd (Rapid News) and JTB Communication Design Inc. (JCD) have announced a 10-year deal to jointly organise and develop TCT Japan.
The two organisations are confident that the event will draw ever-growing numbers of industry professionals together in Tokyo to address the challenges of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering. The world-class conference combined with a global exhibitor makeup will help to drive greater adoption of cutting-edge technologies across all industry sectors resulting in a positive impact on the Japanese manufacturing industry.
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd commented: “The debut edition of TCT Japan is a great platform for us to build on. Many commentators suggest that Japan is behind the curve in adopting additive technologies and this long-term deal will enable us to invest in creating a world-class event that really does have an impact on adoption levels and ultimately on the market size in Japan. I would encourage all of our global clients from the TCT portfolio to join us to pioneer growth in this market together in the coming years.”
“Today Tokyo produces over $80bn of manufactured goods annually and this ensures that the region is an industrial powerhouse. The Tokyo metropolitan area has a Gross Product that would rank it 14th in the world if it operated as a country. This manufacturing excellence combined with R&D and innovation makes it the perfect home for TCT Japan.”
Takahiro Matsui, Director, JTB Communication Design Inc. concluded: “Our cooperation with Rapid News for TCT Japan’s first edition was a huge success. We attracted a record 100 exhibitors from 8 countries / regions to the 4,734 square meter show floor and welcomed over 43,500 visitors to the group of shows. This long-term deal demonstrates that we believe we can bring global trend across AM and 3D printing into the Japanese Market. We promise that TCT Japan will deliver innovation to across all industries and sectors.”
TCT Japan 2020, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from 29-31 January 2020. 

First TCT Japan event promises largest AM and 3D Printing exhibition and conference for the Japanese market


Chester, UK, and Tokyo, Japan, December 13th 2018 — Rapid News Publications, owners of The TCT Group, and JTB Communication Design have announced that they exceeded expectations for a successful re-launch and re-branding of Japan’s largest AM and 3D Printing event at Tokyo Big Sight, Jan 30th – Feb 1st 2019.

The event, formerly known as 3D Printing Japan, will be delivered for the first time as TCT Japan and as such joins TCT Show (UK), TCT Korea, TCT Asia (Shanghai), TCT Shenzhen and Rapid + TCT (USA) as part of The TCT Group’s global presence.

The re-branding and addition of a dedicated AM conference have been well received by the industry, demonstrated by 150% gross floorspace growth over the 2018 event. TCT Japan will be held alongside 12 technology trade shows including nano tech Japan which is world largest nanotechnology event in the world with the group of events expected to see some 50,000 visitors over three days.

Rapid News Publications VP of Content, Strategy and Partnerships, Jim Woodcock explained: “Japan is one of the most important global economies and is renowned as a hotbed of innovation. We are delighted with the progress the partnership has made on the development of TCT Japan and believe the event marks a significant milestone for the AM and 3D printing industry in this market.”

Alongside the world-leading major electronics companies Japan is famous for, the event will also attract the manufacturers from the world’s third-largest Automotive industry* including Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Suzuki, Denso and Subaru.

Masaya Yamagata, JTB Communication Design, Inc., commented: “We are delighted to be able to present the major international players in the AM and 3D printing industry to the Japanese market in 2019. Stratasys, EOS, DMG MORI, Nikon, Markforged, AddUp and Zortrax are among the 100 exhibitors from seven countries/regions showing their innovations to this highly receptive audience.”

The TCT Japan Conference, held concurrently with TCT Japan, will feature a world-class speaker line up including JVC Kenwood, CECIMO, ASTM International and Teijin Nakasima Medical. Global Updates covering Europe and the USA will also be delivered, bringing the state-of-the-art in these regions to Japan.

RAPID + TCT 2019: North America's Leading Additive Manufacturing Event Returns to Detroit for Biggest Year Yet


(SOUTHFIELD, Mich., November 16, 2018) - RAPID + TCT, the largest and most influential 3D printing event in North America, is returning to Detroit to showcase the growth of additive manufacturing in the heart of industrial America. The event, produced by SME and owner of The TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd, takes place May 20-23, 2019, at Detroit’s Cobo Center, and will gather the world’s leading companies to demonstrate the most advanced innovations in additive manufacturing.
By far the most comprehensive event in the industry, RAPID + TCT is where the entire additive manufacturing community comes together to share knowledge and learn what is new. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience 300+ hands-on exhibits, industry-accelerating product announcements, world-class education from highly regarded experts and networking with over 6,000 industry peers.
“RAPID + TCT is a great venue for people to really educate themselves on the possibilities of what can be done with 3D printing,” said Andrew Snow, senior vice president, EOS. “It’s one of North America's leading venues for additive manufacturing, and a must-go-to event for people who are looking for material and technology selections for 3D printing.”
The 2019 event already boasts involvement from major additive manufacturing equipment companies, such as HP Inc., Stratasys, Desktop Metal, GE Additive, TRUMPF North America, Titan Robotics and Cincinnati Inc. among many others, each demonstrating intelligent solutions to unlock the potential of additive manufacturing. No other event brings together companies from across the additive supply chain in one place, providing RAPID + TCT attendees a unique business opportunity.
“The additive manufacturing industry is continuing to grow quickly. Continual developments and improvements in technology and materials mean that we are now seeing the technology used in an even wider range of industries and applications than before," said Duncan Wood, chief executive officer, Rapid News Publications Ltd. “Additive is therefore more important and relevant than ever, and in North America this critical mass of insights, intelligence and inspiration can only be found at RAPID + TCT.”
The automotive industry is one of the biggest users of additive manufacturing, making Detroit the perfect place to host next year’s event. Automotive has embraced innovation for decades, and the competitive nature of the industry makes new technologies and changing trends an essential part of its business. As OEMs increase their use of additive manufacturing, they will look to the supply chains to follow or even lead innovation in this area. Mass market industry users of 3D printing, such as the automotive sector, are essential to ensuring widespread adoption of the technology and in bringing down the price of machines and materials.
“SME and The TCT Group are committed to moving the additive manufacturing industry and marketplace forward,” said Maria Conrado, senior event manager, SME. “With RAPID + TCT, we’re convening collective industry knowledge and global networks to drive even greater development and adoption of key design-to-manufacturing technologies across all industries.”
To learn more about the event or to attend, please visit

VNU Rapid News Co. Ltd announce further expansion of TCT portfolio in China with exciting new TCT Shenzhen event scheduled for October 2019.


Shanghai, PR China and Chester UK, October 31st 2018 – Building on four editions of the highly successful annual TCT Asia event in Shanghai, VNU Rapid News Co Ltd is pleased to announce a second location for the TCT brand in China. 

TCT Shenzhen will take place October 15-17th 2019 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Shenzhen has developed into an international design and manufacturing powerhouse and the TCT series of events, renowned around the world for showcasing the latest in design-to-manufacturing innovation technologies, will be perfectly located to serve this unique and fast-growing market.

The TCT portfolio has been at the forefront of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology for more than twenty years. This unprecedented heritage means that the group is perfectly placed to lead the education process as users across China identify the business benefits of adopting the latest 3D technologies.

Emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing and other 3D technologies are enabling manufacturers to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, reduce waste, cost and emissions, and create products and geometries that could not be created before.

Increased awareness of these real benefits of using advanced manufacturing technologies will encourage more companies to adopt these technologies, which will ultimately improve their ability to compete on the global stage. 

Duncan Wood, Chairman of VNU Rapid News Co. Ltd and Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd, said, “This is the next exciting step for our Joint Venture. Our Shanghai event is now rightly recognized as the leading additive manufacturing and 3D printing event in China and we are now delighted to be building on this platform with a new event in one of the most innovative cities on the planet. Shenzhen has proven to be a city that adopts new technology quickly and we look forward to showcasing the best that the industry has to offer to this region.”

David Zhong, CEO, VNU Exhibitions Asia commented, "Our team have displayed a huge amount of enthusiasm and creativity to drive TCT Asia in Shanghai to huge success. Now we are turning our attention to Shenzhen, a center of Chinese entrepreneurship and ingenuity, we can expect a similar level of energy and passion to deliver fantastic results for our visitors and exhibitors in this new location.”

Engel and Summit Systems commit to machine spectacular in Interplas’ newest hall


Chester, 11 OCtober 2018 Engel and Summit Systems have announced they will collaborate on a technology spectacular when they exhibit at Interplas in 2020.

The two companies have secured prime positions at the front of Hall 3 of the NEC in Birmingham, to maximise the opportunities offered by the show’s new, increased size. 
Interplas in 2020 will, for the first time in 15 years, have two full halls of exhibition space, with two separate entrances. This expansion represents an increase in size of 25 per cent versus the last event in 2017.
Previously both Engel and Summit Systems have taken stands in Hall 4, however, both companies say that the opportunity to expand stand size enables them to have plenty of their machines operating mechanically, supplemented by visual displays.
Additionally, Summit Systems will supply an Engel injection moulding machine with a discrete loading system to showcase the firm’s very latest technology.
“There’s always a huge buzz surrounding Interplas, it’s great to see it growing more recently,” explained Meghan Jordan, Marketing and Events at Summit Systems. “Obviously it was five halls in the eighties then it went down to one, so it’s great to see it on the up again.”
She continued: “For the first time in 15 years there’ll be two halls, each with their own entrance, which just proves how popular and exciting the event has become. As a business, we’ve continued to invest in Interplas, supported by the strong UK market, and we are looking forward to showing our new innovations to customers old and new in 2020.” 
Interplas, which is the UK's largest plastics industry exhibition, is expecting some 14,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors when it takes place from 29 September – 1 October 2020.
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Group, which organises Interplas, said: “For major industry names such as Engel and Summit Systems to secure prime positions in a new hall shows the confidence they have in Interplas.
“The show is going from strength to strength and, by expanding the hall space available, we are able to offer the UK plastics industry an event that showcases more machinery and technology, offers more networking opportunities and connects more individuals than any other.”

Interplas 2020 will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from 29th September – 1st October 2020. Visit for more information.

Registration launched for the UK’s leading medical design and manufacturing event


Chester, 1st October 2018. Registration is now open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 4,000+ visitors across 2 action-packed days.

For the first time, the event will be held at the NEC, Birmingham. The move was announced during the 2018 expo and means a larger show with more exhibitors and exciting new features focused on medtech, medical plastics, digital devices, pharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and early-stage innovations. The expansion of the event is reflected in the conference and seminar programme which will now be held across three stages.
With vastly improved accessibility both for UK and international attendees, the organisers are anticipating a step-up both in overall visitor numbers and also in the percentage of those attending from abroad. Holly Delaney, Marketing Manager for the event said; “We’re so excited for Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2019. There’s so much on offer in a bigger space with better travel links, more accommodation and even more of the high-quality exhibition stands our visitors have come to expect. We’re in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world, its time our community had a show on the scale it deserves.”
As in previous years, the event will feature new product and company launches alongside live demonstrations of the latest machines, technology, applications, materials, products and services. Attendees will also benefit from an enhanced conference and seminar programme, learning from thought-leaders across the Med-Tech Innovation Conference (produced in association with Medilink UK), the HealthTech Stage and brand-new Med-Tech Introducing stage.
Returning show favourites include the GTMA Pavilion, the Medilink UK Pavilion and Inspex - a focus on the challenges and opportunities for metrology and inspection within the wider healthcare industry. New for 2019 will be the Acceleration Zone, a feature designed to help take new ideas and organisations to the next stage by presenting the latest innovations, research projects, start-ups and spin-outs to the wider market.
Med-Tech Innovation Expo brings together designers, engineers, innovators and manufacturers from all corners of the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors to source products, explore new ideas, understand emerging technologies and do business. The solutions on the show floor will help them design the next generation of medical and pharmaceutical devices.

Med-Tech Innovation Expo will be held in Hall 2 of the NEC, Birmingham (UK) from 15-16 May 2019. Attendance is completely free, find out more at



Chester, 27th September 2018 - The doors closed on the 2018 edition of TCT Show after three days of innovation, announcements and product debuts. 

More than 250 exhibitors converged on the NEC Birmingham, to create the largest show floor in the event’s history and to showcase game-changing design and manufacturing technologies to around 10,000 (audit pending) attendees. 

“The number of new products on show reflected the current pace of change in the industry,” said Jim Woodcock, VP, Content, Strategy and Partnerships at Rapid News Group. “From advances in additive metal technologies, to materials, to innovative software, the technologies that will shape manufacturing in the future were on display across the show floor.”

Biggest news from the show floor included

• UK debut of Mimaki's 10 million colour 3DUJ-553 3D printer in partnership with Hybrid Services.

• Trumpf debuted its TruPrint 3000 metals system for the first time.

• Shapeways announced its full colour 3D printing service with Stratasys' J750 machine.

• Ultimaker unveiled new material alliances and print core for composites on the desktop.

• DyeMansion showcased increased colour capabilities for its DM60 post-processing machine.

• Materialise introduced a simulation module to its Magics software. 

• Sculpteo announced the direct integration of FDM to its Fabpilot cloud-based end-to-end solution.

• Several partnerships were also struck on the show floor; XJet secured a distribution agreement with Carfulan Group, Additive Industries teamed with Laser Lines to accelerate its UK presence and Link3D partnered with the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing.

We’re having lots of conversations that have been technical, lots of engineers coming to us. Conversations like this means we are having a good show. People coming to us for solutions is great and the R+D team have been taking some great enquiries.
Nuno Campos - Chief Marketing Officer, Ultimaker

It’s been amazing and we’ve seen a really good result. I think TCT is the future because in this industry everybody needs to mix and build relationships within the industry. That’s the amazing thing about TCT, the mix of the universities, the people who want to acquire technology and the people who have a concept and want to try out their designs. 
Lee Moakes, Trumpf UK Managing Director

Another excellent year for TCT and Europac3D, we’ve had hundreds of visitors on the stand, business good, and looks like two machines will be sold and delivered next week! Here we go again, look forward to 2019.
John Beckett, Europac3D Director and Founder

We’ve had an amazing time here at TCT, a lot of great conversations, a lot of interest from quite a variety of markets and industries. Getting in front of people and being able to show them a product in person is great for us. 
Nick Brewer, Formlabs Events Marketing Manager.

We’ve had great footfall this year, we’ve used this as a format for looking at new opportunities within new sectors and we’ve had a very good mix of markets both in terms of aerospace and medical markets. In general terms I'd think that we doubled the level of conversations we’ve been having in terms of business and there's been quality conversations at a senior level.
Mark Da Costa, Datron Technology

The TCT Show conference programme covered the entire industry through almost than 100 speakers. Airbus, PepsiCo and BMW took to the main stage highlighting technical breakthroughs and advances. Education and increasing technology adoption is key to every TCT event and three stages of content ensured there was something for all technology interests.

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented: “Yet another amazing TCT Show to reflect on with so many highlights in the conferences, at the TCT Awards and across the show floor. Add to this the largest number of exhibiting companies ever and a steadily increasing international participation and we can look forward to an even more exciting and internationally focused event in the future. We are already deep in planning for 2019 and we look forward to welcoming the industry again next year.”

TCT Show will return to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from 24-26 September 2019.  

Three inductees join the TCT Hall of Fame, BMW, EasyJet and the European Space Agency amongst prestigious award winners


Thursday 27th September 2018 – During a gala dinner held last night at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, the second annual TCT Awards celebrated the people, technology and collaborations behind the best in design-to-manufacturing innovation.
TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the celebratory evening recognised this. The best uses of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects and the TCT Awards recognise the partners in the projects from designers and engineers to the technology providers. 
Hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a renowned British actor and presenter, the almost 300 guests celebrated into the early hours.

In addition to the 14 competitive award categories, the TCT Group inducted three more maestros of manufacturing into the TCT Hall of Fame. Professor Emanuel (Ely) Sachs, Dr Carl Deckard and Greg Morris were honoured during the evening for their contribution to the industry and to the growth in technology adoption.
Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd, commented:
“Once again it was a privilege to share an evening with so many truly exceptional people. All of the winners are to be congratulated for their successes, and of course in particular the Hall of Fame inductees need a special mention, their innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment has played a huge part in the development and success of the industry.
I must also thank our sponsors 3ecruit, as well as our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their endorsement of the event and of course our judges. The TCT Awards night is fast becoming THE night of the year for the industry and we are looking forward to the 2019 edition already!”
TCT Awards 2019 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 25thSeptember 2018. Please keep an eye on the official website for updates.
TCT Hall of Fame inductees 2018
Dr Carl Deckard- Inventor of Selective Laser Sintering 
Greg Morris- Process Pioneer and Application Specialist 
Prof Emanuel ‘Ely’ Sachs- Inventor of Binder Jet Printing

2018 Winners and Highly Commended
TCT Aerospace Application Award 2018 
Project MELT 
End User: European Space Agency        
Partners: Sonaca Space, OHB-System, Active Space Technologies
Highly Commended:
Liquid Rocket Engine Injector
Tech Lead: 3D Systems
End User: DLR
Partners: PLD Space
TCT Automotive Application Award 2018
BMW i8 roadster SLM bracket
Tech Lead: SLM Solution 
End User: BMW       
Partners:  SLM Solutions, Materialise, Altair Engineering
Highly Commended
Tech Lead: Simufact Engineering
End User: Edag Engineering 
Partners: Voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center, Edag Engineering, Hirtenberger
TCT Consumer Product Application Award 2018
Vitamix Nozzle
Tech Lead: Carbon
End User: Vitamix    
Highly Commended
MINI YOURS Customised 
Tech Lead: HP, Carbon, EOS
End User: BMW
TCT Creative Application Award 2018
Embrace - Jewellery with embedded gemstones
Tech Lead: Cooksongold 
End User: Boltenstern        
Partners: Heimerle + Meule, University of Technology Vienna, Hafen City University Hamburg
Highly Commended:
Ancient Roman Helmet
Tech Lead: Custom Prototypes
TCT Hardware Award 2018 – Non Polymers 
Tech Lead: SPEE3D
Highly Commended:
Desktop Metal Production System
Tech Lead: Desktop Metal
TCT Hardware Award 2018- Polymers
E3D Tool-Changer
Tech Lead: E3D Online
Highly Commended
Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE)
Tech Lead: Essentium
Partners: BASF
TCT Healthcare Application Award 2018 
Pre-op planning model aids world first surgery 
Tech Lead: Axial 3D 
End User: Belfast City Hospital     
Highly Commended
Single socket upper limb prosthetics 
Tech Lead: EOS
End User: Glaze Prosthetics
Partners: Cabiomede, New Era Materials
TCT Industrial Product Application Award 2018
Mass customisation of copper inductors
Tech Lead: Trinckle 3D
End User: PROTIQ  
Highly Commended
DFAM Rollertrain Bearing Cages
Tech Lead: Bowman Additive Production
End User: John Handley Bearings
Partners: EOS, Europac3D, DyeMansion, 3DPRINT-UK
TCT Materials Award 2018- Non Polymer
SABIC EXL AMHI240F filament
Tech Lead: Sabic
Partners: RP+M
Highly Commended:
EPX 82
Tech Lead: Carbon
TCT Materials Award 2018- Polymers
NanoSteel BLDRmetal L-40
Tech Lead: Nanosteel
Highly Commended
Copper C18150
Tech Lead: Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
TCT Metrology Award 2018
Aircraft Damage Assessment
Tech Lead: 3D Systems
End User: Easyjet    
Partners: OR3D
Highly Commended
Artec Leo 
Tech Lead: Artec 3D
TCT Post-Processing Award 2018
DLyte: Metal DryLyte Electropolishing
Tech Lead: Steros GPA Innovate S.L.
Highly Commended
‘Print-to-Product’ workflow
Tech Lead: Dyemansion
Partners: EOS, Daimler, FKM Sintertechnik, ic! berlin
TCT Software Award 2018 
Materialise e-stage for Metal
Tech Lead: Materialise
Highly Commended:
Tech Lead: Axial 3D
TCT Rising Star Award 2018 
HIETA Technologies Ltd
Highly Commended:

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Registration is now open for TCT Show 2018 taking place at the NEC, 25th–27th September


64 engaging presentations across three stages with an array of world-leading speakers, over 300 cutting-edge exhibitors and inspiring show features.

Chester, June 26th, 2018 — Registration is now open for TCT Show, a world-leading design-to-manufacturing event delivering business-critical insights on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Over 10,000 professionals from 60 countries and 20 key industries including automotive, aerospace, healthcare, consumer products and many more will attend TCT across three show days to be inspired, do business and find solutions for their design and manufacturing challenges.


“There’s so much going on at TCT, this year’s event will attract more people and showcase more technology than ever before. With more than 300 exhibitors on the largest show floor to date, more than 60 world-class speaker sessions and exciting interactive show features, visitors will gain key insights into the latest AM and 3D printing technologies, materials and processes that will help shape the future of design-to-manufacturing Innovation.

If you’re serious about improving your design, development and manufacturing processes and want to excel in your industry sector, then you have to visit TCT this September.”  
Scott Humphrey – Marketing Manager, TCT Group


Visitors will benefit not only from the opportunity to connect with 300 cutting-edge exhibitors, displaying the most innovative and dynamic technologies and services available on the market, but also from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-leading speaker line up.

Taking place across three dedicated stages split into key themes, including transport, healthcare, materials, design/CAD software, introduction to AM and skills for AM plus many more, the speaker programme will deliver relevant, inspirational content on exciting stages. The free-to-attend conference and seminar programme at TCT Show presents more than ever in terms of quality, inspiration, innovation and education.

TCT Conference Stage is neatly divided into streams, to help facilitate an efficient visit. The conference features the industry’s most inspirational figures who share their experiences on how technologies are making a real impact in the manufacturing world.

TCT Introducing Stage will feature talks on the latest developments in hardware, software, materials and services, throughout the three days of the event. Stay up-to-date with the state-of-the-art additive manufacturing, 3D printing, inspection, metrology and beyond.

TCT Tech Stage hosts captivating talks on the current issues in the manufacturing world. Leading professionals will share their knowledge on overcoming industrial challenges. They will discuss crucial matters like data ownership, standards, skills and health and safety.

In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to TCT Show will be educated and entertained throughout the three-day event with exciting show floor features including Inspex @ TCT which focuses on inspection and metrology technologies, TCT Inspired Minds powered by CREATE Educationproviding over 300 schoolchildren the opportunity to get a real hands-on experience, The Acceleration Zone a new feature designed to help take new ideas to the next stage and The Forum – an exciting new feature that will house exclusive exhibitor led activities.

 TCT Show will take place in Hall 3 of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, UK, from 25-27 September 2018.


JTB Communication Design Inc. & Rapid News Publications Ltd. announce partnership on event to accelerate adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technology in Japanese market.


TOKYO, JAPAN and CHESTER, UK, February 14th 2018 – JTB Communication Design Inc. (JCD) and owner of The TCT Group, Rapid News Publications Ltd (Rapid News) have today announced the formation of a partnership to jointly organize and develop JCD’s 3D Printing Japan event from 2019.
The two organizations are confident that the new event, to be renamed TCT Japan, will draw ever growing numbers of industry professionals together in Tokyo to address the challenges of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering, driving greater adoption across all industry sectors resulting in a positive impact on the Japanese manufacturing industry.

3D Printing Japan is currently running its fourth edition (14, 15, 16 Feb 2018) and has established itself as the number one event in Japan for additive manufacturing and 3D printing with impressive growth since 2015. Through its worldwide TCT portfolio, Rapid News has been a leading authority on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology for more than 20 years.

Emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing and other breakthrough processes are enabling manufacturers to reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency in production and usage, reduce waste, cost and emissions, and create products and geometries they couldn’t create before.

Increased awareness of the real benefits of using these advanced manufacturing technologies will encourage more companies to adopt them, which will improve their ability to compete on the global stage, a critical step for all major manufacturing economies.

Duncan Wood, Chief Executive of Rapid News Publications Ltd commented: “We are excited to be bringing the TCT brand to Japan. This partnership fits with our mission of accelerating design-to-manufacturing innovation worldwide, and we recognise the demand in Japan for intelligence and information about these exciting technologies.”

“We are delighted to be able to add our trusted brand, content and media power to the experience and expertise of the fantastic team at JCD. It makes for a formidable team, and we look forward both to the debut show next year and to building an amazing TCT Japan event for both visitors and exhibitors alike in the coming years.”

Takahiro Matsui, Director, JTB Communication Design Inc. concluded: “We are pleased to welcome Rapid News as our partner for the new TCT Japan event. Our experience of organizing 3D Printing Japan over the last 4 years alongside the strength of the TCT portfolio and network gives us a superb platform to create a high-quality business matching event for both exhibitors and visitors in Japanese market.”

The first TCT Japan, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from January 30th to February 1st, 2019.  


Med-Tech Innovation Expo Launch and Rebrand


Chester 16th November. Med-Tech Innovation Expo is the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event brings together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
This year’s event represents the first with a full 12-month cycle under the new ownership of Rapid Med-Tech Communications (a division of Rapid News Communications Group). Attendees can expect to see more exhibitors, more visitors and more of the cutting-edge technology that keeps the UK and Ireland at the spearhead of global innovation for medical device design and manufacturing.
The Med-Tech Innovation Expo brand has received a complete overhaul with a new-look logo, fresh colour palette, enhanced marketing and communications strategy and a brand-new website.
Launched this week, the new site features modern design, updated navigation and menus for both mobile and desktop as well as a selection of videos created to entertain and inspire. Site content has been completely re-imagined; improving user experience while delivering a clearer message and organic journey for both prospective exhibitors and visitors.
Alongside a multitude of print and digital marketing collateral to be deployed between now and the event in April 2018, the newly launched website acts as a tangible representation of the new owner’s intentions to expand the show further and take it to the next level.
“Following our acquisition of the Med-Tech Innovation brand a year ago, we’ve invested heavily in all areas of the business; from sales and marketing to event operations and data management.” explained Duncan Wood, Rapid News Communications Group CEO “The Med-Tech Innovation Expo site-launch and rebrand is a sign of our commitment to the growth and development of this market-leading event. Visit to see it in action today!”

Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at

Registration open for Med-Tech Innovation Expo


Chester 10th November. Registration is now open for the 2018 edition of Med-Tech Innovation Expo, the UK and Ireland’s leading showcase for medical design and manufacturing technology. Free-to-attend, this exciting event will bring together the medical engineering and manufacturing community; more than 200 companies from all areas of the medical device supply chain engaging with 2,500+ visitors across two action-packed days.
The only event serving the whole of the £27bn UK and Irish medical technology sector, Med-Tech Innovation Expo presents a unique platform for medical device design and manufacturing professionals to meet with peers, gain valuable market information and do business face-to-face.
At this year’s event, visitors will see the entire spectrum of advanced technology, materials and solutions displayed alongside two conference stages and a whole host of engaging show features designed to educate and entertain.
As in previous years, the centrepiece Med-Tech Innovation Conference will address key industry issues in a purpose-built auditorium at the heart of the show floor. With presentations from Samsung Healthcare, the Academy for Healthcare Science, NHS Digital and more, the packed conference programme will continue to set the agenda for debate in the medical technology sector.
“As a team, we exist on the cutting-edge of innovation in medical technology.” said Holly Delaney, Visitor Marketing Manager at Med-Tech Innovation Expo; “Striving to advance healthcare, we have once again partnered with Medilink UK to produce a world-class conference programme that will deliver insight and intelligence from a wide range of blue-chip users, government officials and industry experts.”
Returning after a successful introduction at last year’s event, the HealthTech Stage (previously known as the Introducing Stage) will see exhibitors and start-ups showcasing the very innovations that will shape the future of medical technology. The open-sided auditorium will once again allow visitors to drop in and out of presentations in line with their needs and interests. With 200+ exhibitors and just two days to meet them all, the HealthTech Stage will be the easiest and most convenient way to get up to date on all the latest industry developments.
In addition to the conference and seminar programme, visitors to Med-Tech Innovation Expo will experience exciting show floor features including the Medilink UK Pavilion where experts from Medilink member businesses will present solutions to industry challenges, Inspex (a focus on providers of inspection, measurement and testing hardware, software and services) and much more.
Med-Tech Innovation Expo 2018 will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, from 25th to 26th April 2018. Attendance is completely free, find out more at

Interplas Back on Top for British Plastics Industry.


Chester, 2nd October 2017. After three action-packed days at Interplas 2017, the UK’s largest and leading plastics industry event is being hailed as a resounding success by exhibitors who took part in the triennial showcase for the British plastics industry.
Almost 12,000 attendees (audit pending) visited the event at the NEC, Birmingham and they were provided with the opportunity to see a multitude of product launches and demonstrations from almost 500 exhibiting companies, more than 40 inspiring presentations across two conference stages and a host of exciting show features.
Interplas was opened on day one by Alison Gill, Current Master of the Horners Livery Company and Bruce Margetts Managing Director of Bericap, and the recently appointed President of the British Plastics Federation (BPF). Margetts said: "We are honoured to be asked to open Interplas 2017…the BPF has had a long association with Interplas ever since its origins. It is great to see the resurgence of this as the premier show in UK plastics.”
Feedback from exhibitors on the show floor was extremely positive, “Interplas 2017 was awesome,” said Graeme Herlihy, Managing Director of ENGEL UK. “Interplas feels like it's on top again and pretty much every major player in plastics is here. It's important to be seen here and it's important to have a great stand. I'm happy to say we have had a good show.”
Mike Jordan, Managing Director of Summit Systems, also commented: “Yesterday was absolutely full up from the beginning right to the end. Both existing customers and fringe customers. We have had three companies we have never heard of before.”
Carl Reeve, Managing Director of Data Plastics, added: “Interplas has been brilliant for us. I think now is a positive time for the industry. Having the show every three years is ideal because exhibitors make a real effort when the event comes around. Interplas 2017 is the best UK plastics show I've been to in 10 years and this is definitely the most positive show I've been to. The quality of leads has far exceeded what we expected.”
For the first time, the conference programme was delivered across two stages. The Main Stage, in association with British Plastics and Rubber Magazine hosted world-class presentations from Jaguar LandRover, Nissan, KPMG, P&G and the BPF, while Stäubli, Plastribution and NetComposites presented to full houses on the brand new Interplas Introducing Stage.
In addition to the conference programme, exciting features such as the Knowledge Pavilion gave attendees the chance to meet industry trade bodies, consultants and service providers to get expert advice on research and development, skills and education, regulation and materials selection, whilst Mediplas@Interplas and Inspex provided specific technology advice on medical and inspection issues. The new PlastikCity Pavilion presented 20 first time exhibitors to the audience further enhancing the opportunities on the show floor, and the Women in Plastics initiative returned with a hugely successful and well attended networking evening.
Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Communications Group, owners of Interplas, commented: “We are delighted to be hearing such great feedback about the show. When we took over management of the show in 2011 our aims were to return Interplas to form, and I think we can safely say the 2017 edition has done this, we are delighted to be able to serve the British plastics industry with a world class platform from which it can project itself to the global market.”
“As organisers we pull it all together but Interplas is the success it has become because of the support the industry puts in, in particular our exhibitors who have invested in their stands and make it a show worth attending. Special thanks must go to British Plastics and Rubber, as well as the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the PMMDA, three pillars in the continued growth of the UK plastics industry and in the growth of Interplas.
“We will continue to strive to be the perfect showcase for the British Plastics industry.  A celebration of the best of the sector, a gathering of the brightest people, best technology and most innovative developments, Roll on 2020!”

2017 TCT Show Hailed as Major Success by Visitors and Exhibitors


Chester, 2nd October 2017. The doors closed on the 2017 edition of TCT Show last week. This action-packed 3D technology showcase, held annually at the NEC, Birmingham, offered the opportunity for thousands of eager visitors to experience multiple product launches and demonstrations from almost three-hundred exhibiting companies on the show floor. More than fifty engaging presentations took place and a wealth of exciting show features educated and entertained in equal measure.
With a record-breaking expansion of the show floor presenting more exhibitors than ever before, this high octane event connected approximately 10,000 attendees (audit pending) from over forty countries with an exciting and varied range of businesses that stood ready to help them solve their challenges.

Feedback from visitors to the show was extremely positive. Shashi Jain, Innovation Manager, Intel Corporation said: "One of the great things about coming to TCT is not just seeing the exhibitors, but also meeting the people that are their customers. I’ve found that I learned something new every time I spoke to an attendee, which is remarkable. If you’re serious about 3D printing and you want to meet the people who are making it happen, then you must come to a TCT Show."

Pat Warner, Digital Manufacturing Manager, Renault Sport Racing F1 Team commented: "What a great show. Met some fantastic people, made contacts to help solve some problems, left with a huge shopping list!"

There was also a huge amount of positive feedback from exhibitors including Andy Middleton, President EMEA at Stratasys who said: “It’s clear TCT Show has moved up a level. I just spoke to a colleague and said ‘if I was a customer, I would be really confused. There are so many solutions which look and feel relevant for many many customers'. I think it’s one of the challenges for companies like ourselves – clarity in our messaging and explanation of what can be done, and what can’t be done, to help customers make an informed decision if they’re looking to invest in a solution.”

Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partners at Carbon added: "The 2017 TCT Show was a great success, and continues to be the largest additive manufacturing show in the U.K. where companies are able to meet key evangelists in the industry. TCT fosters a community who want to lead the world to do production with additive manufacturing, and we saw this take place last week in several vertical markets including consumer, automotive, industrial and medical." 

The final word can be left to Edward Feng, President of Raise3D who said: "I would recommend anyone to exhibit with TCT. You guys helped us happen."

Start-ups from the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the USA also seized the opportunity to unveil their innovations to the 3D Printing market in the Start Up Zone – including a pitch session where the new companies competed for the coveted 2017 Start Up Award. The winner was FabRX, a start-up company looking to exploit the power of 3D printing for fabricating pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Alvaro Goyanes, co-founder and Director of FabRx was presented with a cheque for £3,000 alongside the winners trophy.

Jim Woodcock, Head of Content for TCT Group, judged the Start-Up pitches and explained: "This application immediately appealed to my own journey from the pharmaceutical world to 3D printing. FabRx's potential application development could open up entirely new therapeutic areas while also addressing challenges such as dosing and compliance."

TCT Show is well-known for offering first-class conference and seminar tracks and this year was no exception. The comprehensive programme, grown and developed for this year’s show, took place across three dedicated stages split into key themes. Over 1000 attendees benefitted from ground-breaking product launches, exciting demonstrations and enthralling presentations from a world-class speaker line up throughout the three-day show.
For the first time, the Main Stage gave visitors the opportunity to earn valuable CPD points while learning about research developments and real-life examples of the ways 3D technologies are used within a range of industries from Intel, McLaren Racing, Johnson & Johnson, Sabotage Design, DuPont and more.

Duncan Wood, CEO at Rapid News Publications Ltd, organisers of the TCT Show commented: “An amazing event with so many highlights, new products, new companies, world-class presentations, stunning applications and a surge of energy that sustained everyone across three days of business and networking. Add in the successful inaugural TCT Awards and I think we can reflect on a job well done for the industry. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies and we can certainly look back on last week as mission accomplished, for now. Whilst as organisers we have had superb feedback we recognise we can't do it without industry support so we thank all our exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and partners for their efforts; they make the show."

"We're already planning for something even bigger and better for next year with an expanded show floor and more features and we look forward to welcoming the industry again in 2018."

3D technology innovation and innovators celebrated by the industry at first TCT Awards ceremony


Friday 29th September 2017 – The inaugural TCT Awards took place on 27th September 2017 at Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham UK. The night was dedicated to recognising and celebrating the innovators, technology and collaborators behind the best examples of 3D technology use across the globe.

TCT has always existed at the intersection of technology and applications, and the celebratory evening maintained this approach. The very best cases of these ground-breaking technologies are collaborative projects and the TCT Awards focused on recognising the partners in the projects from designers and engineers to the technology providers. Hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a British actor and presenter, the 285 guests celebrated into the early hours.

In addition to ten competitive award categories the TCT Group launched the prestigious and coveted TCT Hall of Fame to recognise the pioneers and innovators in 3D technologies who have made the most significant contributions to the technologies and their applications.

Duncan Wood, CEO of Rapid News Publications Ltd, comments:

“It was a privilege to share the evening with so many truly exceptional people, all of the winners are to be congratulated for their success, and of course in particular the inductees to the Hall of Fame need a special mention. Without them the industry would be a much less exciting place; their innovation, entrepreneurship and commitment has paved the way for us all to follow. Recognising their contribution to society in this way was important, and our position in the sector enabled us to do this.

I must also thank our sponsors SLM Solutions, Somos, Materialise and 3ecruit, as well as our supporting partner, Innovate UK for their support. All awards entrants and of course the TCT Expert Advisory Board for leading the judging process deserve enormous credit; they all helped turn a good idea into a night to remember, and starting something we will now make an annual celebration of the fantastic advances being made by 3D technologies.”

TCT Awards 2018 will take place in Birmingham, UK on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Please keep an eye on the official website for updates.


Adrian Bowyer – Founder of the RepRap Project
Scott Crump - Inventor of Fused Deposition Modelling
Chuck Hull – Inventor of Stereolithography Process
Hans Langer – Founder of EOS
Fried Vancraen – Founder of Materialise


TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

Project: EBAM Space Tanks
Presented to: Lockheed Martin and Sciaky

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

Project: VW Custom Tools
Presented to: Volkswagen Autoeuropa and Ultimaker

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

Project: Adidas Futurecraft 4D Midsole
Presented to: Adidas and Carbon

TCT Creative Product Application Award

Project: Anomalisa Film
Presented to: Starburns Industries and 3D Systems

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

Project: TriFusion Devices
Presented to: TriFusion Devices, Essentium Materials and BASF

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

Project: Philips Lighting Production Tools
Presented to: Philips Lighting and Materialise

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

Hardware: CBAM Model One
Presented to: Impossible Objects

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

Software: Polygonica
Presented to: Machineworks

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

Material: Polycast
Presented to: Polymaker

TCT Rising Star Award

Presented to: Desktop Metal


TCT Aerospace Product Application Award

Project: 3DOptic Ceramic Aerospace Optics
Presented to: OSE and 3DCeram

TCT Automotive Product Application Award

Project: Replacement Bus Parts
Presented to: Daimler, FKM Sintertechnik, EOS and Dyemansion

TCT Consumer Product Application Award

Project: Yuniku Customisable Eyewear
Presented to: HOYA Vision Care, Materialise, Hoet Design Studio

TCT Creative Product Application Award

Project: Sainsbury’s Christmas Commercial
Presented to: Passion Pictures Ltd, 3D Print Bureau, Mackinnon & Saunders Ltd and Tri-Tech 3D

TCT Healthcare Product Application Award

Project: Robotic Suturing
Presented to: Sutrue, Concept Laser and Royal Brompton Hospital

TCT Industrial Product Application Award

Project: Project Perun - Nuclear Power Plant Replacement Part
Presented to: Krsko Nuclear Power Plant and Siemens

TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award

Hardware: Rize One
Presented to: Rize 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Software Award

Software: Insight
Presented to: Axial 3D

TCT Technology Innovation Materials Award

Material: Onyx
Presented to: Markforged

TCT Rising Star Award

Presented to: Essentium Materials