ESCATEC to exhibit at the 2023 W3+ FAIR in Germany

ESCATEC will be exhibiting at the W3+ FAIR, which will be held between 29–30 March 2023 in the Buderus Arena in Wetzlar, Germany. In the German state of Hesse, Wetzlar is an economic powerhouse and high-tech optic location.

The W3+ Fair Wetzlar is a place to come and talk face-to-face with ESCATEC and other global leaders in the fields of optics, photonics, electronics, and mechanics. You can network with industry professionals and many world market leaders. 

What is the W3+ FAIR?

Technological innovation is moving at a lightning-fast pace. And new future technologies are constantly finding their way into our lives and onto the world market. 

The W3+ Fair is a place where companies can exhibit their innovations from the optics, photonics, electronics, and mechanics sectors, and everyone is invited to discover and discuss these innovations.

Three W3+ Fairs will be hosted during 2023:

  • W3+ Fair WETZLAR – 29–30 March 2023
  • W3+ Fair RHINE VALLEY – 20–21 September 2023
  • W3+ Fair JENA – 29 + 30 November 2023

The events promote enabling technologies and are designed to unite international expert knowledge and concentrated competencies. They are all held at locations close to key players in diverse technological fields and share the same goal: to help drive innovation and future solutions in the optics, photonics, electronics, and mechanics sectors.

What makes the W3+ Fair so unique?

W3+ Fair is unique as it promotes cross-industry innovation. Manufacturers, researchers, industry experts, and developers working in optics, photonics, electronics, and mechanics meet to discuss technological applications in key sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Life Science
  • MedTech
  • Tools & Machinery

New partnerships are made through new technological visions when key players are brought together. And the technology of the future is born.

New technologies and solutions are found as experts can network face-to-face across disciplines and countries. The W3+ Fair is the chance for established industry leaders to meet startups to join forces and make new partnerships. 

The Hamburg trade fair organiser FLEET Events organise the W3+ Fair. The events are strategically located in economically strong, top-technology locations, such as the optics region of Wetzlar in the German state of Hesse.

Why should you go to W3+ Fair?

  • High-tech innovations from across the world
  • Opportunities to network with important companies working in the optics, photonics, electronics, and mechanics industries working on future-oriented key technologies
  • Chance for cross-industry networking
  • Leading industry speakers about enabling technologies 
  • Latest university research at the W3+ Fair Campus Area
  • Matchmaking forums for targeted networking
  • Wetzlar is held in top technology locations in Europe 
  • High-tech trends, including 3D printing, robotics, digitalisation, automation, and AI 
  • Visitors from more than 20 countries
  • Recruitment: contact point for top and new talent

Special events at the W3+ Fair

A variety of special events are taking place at this year’s W3+

  • HLEM 2023 (High Level Expert Meeting) will be held in parallel with the W3+Fair. Asphere Metrology is the main topic of the meeting.
  • Focus Group Photonics Meeting
  • en-tech.talks involve cutting-edge knowledge transfer 
  • At EPIC TechWatch, selected members of the European Photonics Industry Consortium to formulate their needs from the user perspective.
  • VDI Innovation Area involves Robotics, Automation, Digitization & 3D Printing
  • IHK innovative involves Automation, digitisation, 3D printing, AI & energy consulting

Where will W3+ Fair Wetzlar be held?

W3+ Fair will be held in the Buderus Arena Wetzlar, located in Wetzlar, Germany.

When will W3+ Fair Wetzlar be held?

W3+ Fair will be held between 29–30 March 2023.

How to get to W3+ Fair 

The Buderus Arena Wetzlar is located on the B49 in the city centre between the train station and the pedestrian zone. It is very easy to reach via the A45 motorway (Dortmund-Wetzlar-Aschaffenburg) and via the B49 (Giessen-Wetzlar-Limburg) and B277 (Dillenburg-Herborn-Wetzlar) federal roads. 

The main entrance is at Wolfgang-Kuhle-Strasse 1, 35576 Wetzlar. The entrance has a large glass front. 

Arrival by car

A45 Dortmund–Hanau (Sauerland line): Exit Wetzlar-Ost (AS30), then B49.

A3 Cologne–Frankfurt: Exit Limburg-Nord (AS42), then B49 approx. 40 km.

A5 Kassel-Frankfurt: via Reiskirchener Dreieck, then A480, then B429, then B49.

A5 Frankfurt-Kassel: via Gambacher Kreuz, then A45, exit Wetzlar-Ost (AS30), then B49.

B49: Exit Garbenheim, follow the Arena/FORUM signs and the parking guidance system to the Buderus Arena Wetzlar.

Arrival by public transport

Train: The train station is located in the arena. The nearest ICE train stations are Limburg-Süd, approximately 48 km away; and Frankfurt main train station, approximately 70 km away. Train connections can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website.

Bus: The Buderus Arena Wetzlar can be easily reached by city bus; the central bus station is very close. Travel times and further information can be found on the RMV website.

Taxi: There is a taxi stand directly at Wetzlar train station.

Plane: The closest major airport to Wetzlar is Frankfurt International Airport.

How to get tickets for the W3+ Fair 

The best place to purchase tickets for the event is directly from the W3+ Fair’s website. There are six types of tickets available, including one-day and two-day passes.

For any questions, enquiries can be sent to

Make the most of your visit

With so many exciting exhibitors, you will likely not have enough time to visit everyone. Creating a list of your must-see vendors and presentations could be useful. 

If there is anyone you are particularly interested in speaking to, it's a good idea to reach out to them beforehand and book an appointment. However, if you do schedule multiple appointments, make sure you allow a little buffer time between each one in case a meeting runs longer than expected.

Here is a floor plan so you can organise the most efficient route to include all your must-see exhibitors and avoid any unnecessary detours.

At the end of each day, set aside some time to review each of the vendors you spoke to, so you can compile ideas and compare notes. You might also want to make a note of any that are offering trade show specials that you want to take advantage of.

Come and visit ESCATEC

If you'd like to chat with us about any of the technology we are exhibiting or any outsourcing opportunities, our team will be located on Stand A19b. We would be very happy to hear from you.

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Neil has over 25 years’ experience in Electronics Manufacturing Services and Component Distribution. During his career, Neil has held a range of leadership positions in sales, marketing, and customer service. Neil is currently part of the ESCATEC Senior Management Team and is responsible for setting and delivering the overall Group Marketing strategy. Neil heads up the marketing department and is responsible for both the strategy and the implementation of innovative marketing campaigns designed to deliver high quality content to those seeking outsourcing solutions.