21 October 2005
21 October 2005
This year's conference of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verstärkte Kunststoffe – Technische Vereinigung e.V. (AVK-TV), registered the interest of more than 500 delegates in outlining the possibilities for reinforced plastics.
The varied yet compact programme for this Congress, which was held in Baden-Baden on the 27-28 September, included 31 lectures to demonstrate what it referred to as the “considerable potential” of reinforced plastics in future automobiles.
This was highlighted in the plenary address made by Professor Dr. Bernd Heißing of the Chair for Automotive Engineering at TU München [Munich Technical University], who focussed on the question of ‘Who will drive our vehicles in the future – humans or computers?’.
These bright prospects were confirmed by the subsequent panel discussion featuring delegates from the automotive industry (MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, DaimlerChrysler AG) as well as a number of automotive suppliers (Menzolit-Fibron GmbH, Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH, Quadrant Plastic Composites AG).
Both this show and the ’Presentation Plaza’, featuring a number of brief product presentations, were highly frequented during breaks and presented plenty of opportunities for expert discussions as well as new contacts, according to AVK-TV. Dr. Uwe Bültjer, AVK-TV Executive Secretary, talked about the current European market situation with regard to the GRP industry as well as thermoset engineering materials.
AVK-TV is also intending to change the name of AVK-TV, which will now be called AVK (Industrieverband Verstärkte Kunststoffe / Federation of Reinforced Plastics).
In addition, Dr. Rudolf Kleinholz turned over the Chairmanship to his successor, Frank Bruns of Menzolit-Fibron GmbH, this year’s official convention partner. Dr. Kleinholz, co-optee to the executive board, will continue to represent AVK’s interests in this context. Dr. Tilman Schultz of Chemowerk GmbH, a new member of the AVK executive board, will primarily represent the interests of the small and medium-sized enterprises.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.
Haydale has produced and delivered eight composite general transition piece (GTP) sealing systems to National Grid UK, and has received an expression of interest for a further 60 over the next six years.