The UK's definitive and leading 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development technology show took place last month (September 25th and 26th) to widespread acclaim. Almost 6,000 attendees from 48 countries flocked to the NEC for two days of inspiration, creativity, learning and most importantly business.
The increased visitor numbers and international participation are testament to the importance of this event on the world stage. The unique combination of cutting edge technology, with all the major manufacturers, machines and technologies assembled under one roof, combined with inspirational speakers and no entrance or ticket fees ensures TCT Show + Personalize continues its mission to support the industry and drive technology adoption in the product development and manufacturing space.
Over 150 exhibitors took their place on the show floor alongside over 40 world class speakers including luminaries such as Avi Reichental, Scott Crump, Dave Burns, Alice Taylor, Hardi Meybaum and Todd Grimm. Over 2,000 of the attendees attended at least one presentation during the two days which is firm proof of the learning aspect of the event. However the key to the continued success of TCT Show + Personalize is the level of business created and executed at the event. The feedback in the aftermath of the show this year has been unequivocally positive on this.
Chris Baker, Territory Manager UK for Stratasys EMEA, said: " A few years ago exhibiting at TCT was about educating the market. This year we could clearly see that the market is much more aware of 3d printing and its applications. It is now becoming a mainstream technology and TCT is a very focused event on the subject. We enjoyed a constant flow of enquiries over the two days and managed to close some good business at the event giving us great ROI. We are looking forward to 2014 where we will once again demonstrate our leadership in 3d printing."
Martin Forth, Vice President at EnvisionTec, commented: "This year's show, our 10th TCT in a row, has been fantastic. We have seen a significant increase in the interest in our products at the show, a good portion of which has been from potential international customers. We look forward to returning to TCT in 2014."
Duncan Wood, COO and Event Director, commented: "We have seen a proliferation of 3d printing events in the last twelve months across the globe, each of them promising to unlock the mysteries of technology. However explaining what it is all about is only part of running an event. When companies invest money in our show we have a responsibility to ensure they leave the event with quality sales enquiries, that will lead to business."
"It is clear that TCT Show + Personalize has delivered for our exhibitors in both the 3d printing space and across the wider group of technologies that this event covers this year and that will remain our key focus. TCT Show + Personalize is an event you can be inspired by but also do business at, this is what sets TCT aside from the rest. 2014 bookings are pouring in, with many companies increasing the size of their stands - this, along with an extra day, the co-location with Interplas and a range of exciting new and expanded features for 2014 will ensure TCT Show + Personalize remains the leading dedicated 3d printing, additive manufacturing and product development technology event on the world stage."