Trade fair synergy brings advanced prototyping and industrial production technology from a to z

In Industry 4.0, design and manufacturing are closely linked. This is the starting point for the merger of the Prototyping Xpo and MNE trade fairs into a single fair for the entire value chain, from innovative design in small volumes to the production and marketing of series. Prototyping-MNE, in which Sirris also participates, will take place on 5 and 6 February in Kortrijk.

Prototyping Xpo - the Belgian network fair for design & prototyping of industrial components and products - and MNE - the Machineering Network Event, a trade fair for manufacturing technology and mechanical engineering - combine their concepts, assets and knowledge for the first time into a single trade fair that covers the entire value chain. Target group is the manufacturing industry, metal and plastics processing, machine and equipment construction.

During the exhibition, C-levels, heads of engineering and industrial design, production, maintenance, quality assurance, assembly and supply chain departments will have the opportunity to meet 180 exhibitors in one visit in the field of technology, machines and solutions for smart design, engineering, prototyping, making and marketing of industrial products, high-tech systems and components. This completes the bridge between design and industrial production.

Side programme

In addition, you can gain new insights and share knowledge through the extensive side programme. Both exhibitors and visitors have free access to various networking and inspirational sessions within the themes on 'design', 'engineering', 'production' and 'digitisation'.

During nine expert classes, engineering and production teams are immersed in future-proof design, prototyping and production. CEOs and CTOs testify about their approach to new challenges and transformation. In collaboration with Howest, well-known industrial designers bring inspiration with concrete use cases. The keynote is reserved for Pascal Coppens, China specialist and author of ‘China's New Normal’. Further on the programme are 16 'use case pitches'. Through short presentations, visitors are introduced to various companies and technologies on the basis of concrete reference cases on a variety of topics.

Under the name 'Café 3D: highly addi(c)tive' Flam 3D and the trade fair organisation join forces to answer all your AM-related questions. Furthermore, there is a 3D-expo with 10 printed masterpieces and several guided tours are organised.


Sirris will be present at the joint booth of 'Fabrieken van de Toekomst' (Factories for the the Future - booth number: 476) and focus on '4.0 Made Real', with a set of instructions to support operators. In concrete terms, this will be a 3D brainteaser puzzle, which shows that operator support via digital instructions is an absolute added value in the correct and fast execution of, for example, assembly tasks.

More information about Prototyping + MNE 2020 in Kortrijk Xpo can be found here.