COMPOSITES EUROPE 2016 -
Looking Into the Future of Composites
Lightweight construction, resource efficiency and multi-material design will be centre stage at this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE held in Düsseldorf from 29 November to 1 December. 350 exhibitors from 27 nations will be showing the state of the art and future market potential of fibre composites at this the spangest event of their industry in Germany - and not only in the exhibition area proper but also at the numerous Event Areas, in lecture forums, during themed tours and workshops. With the new Lightweight Technologies Forum COMPOSITES EUROPE 2016 also addresses current issues in multi-material lightweight construction.
Fibre composites already boast a proven track record in numerous areas. "In future, the task will be to ensure mass production with latest manufacturing and automation solutions so as to tap into further market potential," says Olaf Freier, Event Director of COMPOSITES EUROPE. At the trade fair the exhibitors are showcasing the entire spectrum of fibre-reinforced plastics including a great number of innovations for the application fields of automotive engineering, aerospace, yacht building, wind energy and construction.
Premiere of Composites Germany Pavilion
Celebrating a premiere this year will be the joint stand of the "Wirtschaftsvereinigung Composites Germany". The umbrella organisation of the German fibre composites industry counting such firms as AVK, CCeV, CFK-Valley Stade and VDMA AG Hybride Leichtbau Technologien among their members, will be represented by a total of 18 member companies at the 350 square metre pavilion.
Know-how from industry and science
One trade fair, six formats - under this motto COMPOSITES EUROPE has developed into the most important meeting point for the sector in Germany over the past ten years. Know-how from industry and science awaits visitors in the special areas and forums, which will have an even stronger focus on the applications industries for composite materials this year.
In the "Product Demonstration Area" exhibitors such as KraussMaffei, SAERTEX, Gaugler und Lutz and Eastman Machine Company will showcase their high-tech products and demonstrate manufacturing processes live.
At the "Industry meets Science" special area the institute of plastics processing "Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV)", will present with its partner, RWTH Aachen University, composite developments and highlights under the heading "Resource efficiency for increased profitability" including developments from the areas of Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing and hybrid lightweight construction.
Guided Tours of the trade fair
The Guided Tours will focalise wind energy, automotive engineering, aerospace and thermoplastic composites. These themed tours guide participants to exhibitors who will provide an overview of their products and current projects at their exhibition stands. Participation is free of charge but registration required on account of the limited number of participants.
Challenges, potentials and the limits of composites in application industries will be centre stage at this lecture forum. The topics addressed by these expert talks range from mass production in the automotive industry and turbine blade manufacturing in wind generation to resource efficiency and Lightweight Design 4.0. Admission to this Forum is free for trade fair visitors.
Premiere of Lightweight Technologies Forum
In contrast to this, the new Lightweight Technologies Forum organised as part of COMPOSITES EUROPE and the concurrently held ALUMINIUM reflects the trend towards modern multi-material systems. The combined exhibition and lecture forum here becomes a cross-material interface between metal and fibre composite technologies for structural components. In applications-driven sessions experts will provide hands-on reports addressing current issues related to material composites in the areas of automotive, aerospace and architecture. Furthermore, the agenda features cross-industry sessions on manufacturing technologies such as joining and connecting the various materials. Admission to this Forum - like to ALUMINIUM - is included in the ticket for trade fair visitors.
The organiser Reed Exhibitions succeeded in enlisting as partners the leading lightweight construction associations, institutes and clusters such as VDMA AG Hybride Leichtbau Technologien, CFK Valley Stade, AVK, AZL - Aachener Zentrum für Integrativen Leichtbau as well as the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at Aachen's RWTH University, the "kunststoffland NRW" network, the "NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik NRW" cluster as well as the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. from Wolfsburg.
In the accompanying exhibition area of the Lightweight Technologies Forum selected companies will exhibit their solutions for multi-material lightweight construction including the likes of Gummiwerk Kraiburg, Gunnar International Weissenberger, Linn High Therm, Saertex, Trilogiq Deutschland and Wickeder Westfalenstahl.
Powerful trade fair double pack: COMPOSITES EUROPE and ALUMINIUM
Regarding multi-material lightweight construction visitors will benefit from the networking with the co-located event ALUMINIUM 2016. With fibre-reinforced plastics, aluminium and magnesium Düsseldorf will become the spangest trade fair marketplace for lightweight construction challenges in the automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, sports and leisure, wind energy and construction industries. COMPOSITES EUROPE and ALUMINIUM expect more than 1,300 exhibitors in total and over 30,000 experts from industry, research and development.
Images: R. Eberhard, messekompakt.com, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh
Source: Reed Exhibitions Deutschland