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Prototyping-MNE becomes D2M

Industrialfairs, the organiser of five Belgian technology trade fairs, has joined forces with powering partners Agoria and Howest Industrial Design Center for a complete makeover of the Prototyping-MNE networking event.

In 2020, Prototyping-MNE was the joint trade fair that emerged from the combination of Machineering Network Event (manufacturing technology) and Prototyping (industrial design and prototyping). The complementarity actually existed to some extent even when both events were organised separately, and during the previous joint edition, exhibitors and organisers were well aware of possible additional synergies for the future.

This edition confirmed once again that the exponential shift to Industry 4.0 and digitalisation is rapidly transforming all business units (which were formerly autonomous silos where communication was often poor) of a future-oriented manufacturing organisation into one interactive and agile ecosystem. The customer of tomorrow wants to do business with manufacturing companies that have a strong online presence and enable rapid design configuration and ordering, with a short time-to-market, well-organised supply chains and flexible stocks.

In short, the new value chain of the smart manufacturing company requires a dynamic and digital integration of all relevant processes combined with the use of innovative production and design techniques. Departments such as design, engineering, prototyping, planning, maintenance, production, supply chain, assembly, logistics, sales and aftersales are becoming one interactive platform of people and technologies. New technologies (such as generative design, additive manufacturing, connected and AI-driven manufacturing equipment, predictive maintenance, etc.) are increasingly being adopted throughout the industry.

D2M is ...

the networking event where both designers/product developers and production-related department heads find a representative range of solutions developed in the Benelux to connect all the dots between designing and manufacturing.


... with visitors from following industries:

  • Metal, PVC and composite processing and transformation
  • Machine building, high-tech systems & mechatronics
  • Industrial co-creation, design, product development
  • Electronics, component and equipment construction, precision technology and precision industry
  • Industrial subcontracting, Tier 1 & 2, manufacturing companies and sheltered workshops
  • Aerospace & automotive industry, energy
  • Manufacturing industry

Upcoming Events

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Sales team

+32 (0)56 24 59 41 – Evelien Desmyttere
+32 (0)56 24 59 44 – Mario Dejaegher


Invent Media BV
Doorniksesteenweg 216
8500 Kortrijk


Wednesday 27 March 2024
10 A.M. - 7 P.M. (afterwork drink from 6 P.M.)

Thursday 28 March 2024
10 A.M. - 6 P.M.


Kortrijk Xpo
Doorniksesteenweg 216
8500 Kortrijk

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