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3D printing industry to converge at Taipei forum

Staff writer, with CNA

Several local and foreign leaders in the 3D printing industry are to be in Taiwan next month to share their insights on the latest developments in the fast-growing sector, forum organizers said on Friday.

The day-long Computex 3D Printing Forum, scheduled to take place on June 6 during the annual Computex exhibition in Taipei, is now open for registrations, said the Taiwan Computer Association (TCA, 台北市電腦公會), which is organizing the forum and the show.

Takeo Nakagawa, president and chief executive of Japan’s Fine Tech Corp; Georgia Institute of Technology professor Suman Das; China 3D Printing Technology Association president H.M. Wang (王華明); and Simon Shen (沈軾榮), chairman of XYZ Printing Inc (三緯), a unit of Taiwanese electronics conglomerate Kinpo Group (金仁寶集團), are scheduled to speak at the forum, the association said in a statement.

Rapidly improving 3D printing technology can be applied to a wide range of industries, including medicine and medical technology, automotive parts and components, aerospace and molding, the association said, adding that the technology has great business potential.

According to Wohlers Associates Inc, a technology consulting firm, the global 3D printing market is expected to grow to US$10.8 billion by 2021, from US$2.3 billion recorded last year, with a compound annual growth rate of 22 percent.

Computex Taipei is to take place at the Nangang Exhibition Hall, the Taipei International Convention Center and Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1 and Hall 3 from June 3 to June 7.

The five-day computer show, the world’s second-largest, is to feature 1,700 exhibitors and is expected to draw more than 130,000 visitors, including 38,000 international buyers, the association said.

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