July, 2022: There were many satisfied faces on the evening of July 7 when the doors of the W3+ Fair Wetzlar 2022 (w3-fair.com) closed after two days. 126 exhibitors, partners and sponsors and more than 1500 visitors had made their way to the Buderus Arena Wetzlar to talk shop about new innovations and solutions and to network across industries. The exhibitors of the enabling technologies around optics, photonics, electronics and mechanics came from 11 countries: In addition to Germany and Switzerland, France, Great Britain, USA, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Czech Republic, Lichtenstein and China were represented at the event.
In addition to the exhibition, there was plenty of inspiration from the extensive supporting program. This year, the accompanying conference en-tech.talks took place on two stages. In addition to presentations on New Technologies, Business Opportunities, Applications and Industry 4.0, there were interesting lecture blocks on the top topics of Defense & Security, supported by OptecNet Deutschland, and Quantum. Also new were the High-Power Laser Workshop from Wetzlar Network, the forest@photonics workshop from OptecBB, the IHK Hessen innovativ area, the Start-up Pitch from Regionalmanagement Mittelhessen, the C-Level Coffee from Wetzlar Network, the VDI special area with the networking breakfast, the visit of two specialist working groups from IHK Gießen-Friedberg, and the special area from EOS/ Additive Minds Academy. In total, more than 60 speakers offered their expertise on the conference stage or in the workshops.
Jörg Brück, Project Director of the W3+ Fair, draws a positive conclusion after the fair: "Networking needs personal encounters - the fair has shown that again. The new start in Wetzlar after the Corona break was very well received by all exhibitors and visitors. For the upcoming W3+ Fair, we are counting on even more inspiration by new Innovation Areas and expanded networking opportunities."
The next W3+ Fair Rhine Valley 2022 will take place on November 30 + December 01 in Dornbirn/ Austria (D/A/CH/LI). The W3+ Fair Wetzlar 2023 follows on 22 + 23 March, 2023 again in the old rhythm in the spring.
and Christoph Rénevier.