21 October 2005
21 October 2005
The first composites conference on the European continent specifically focussing on developing innovative ideas in to commercial products receives acclaim from industry delegates.
Composites Europe 2005 was deemed a resounding success by the 70 delegates who attended the unique event in the composites calendar. For the first time, the conference brought together academia, researchers, industry and support organisations in an unparalleled forum for composites technology transfer, which was underpinned by presentations made by eminent industry speakers in their fields.
The 2-day event mirrored the development cycle, with 4 sequential sessions covering innovative research, applied development, industrial application and commercial exploitation. Keynote presentations by major industry figures set the scene for each of the sessions, and a comprehensive exhibition ran alongside the conference. A key target of the conference was to ensure end-user involvement and this was achieved through the presentations, delegates attending and exhibitors.
Prof Jan-Anders Manson of EPFL, Switzerland opened the conference by tackling the challenges of implementing innovation. He illustrated this through two case studies, a ground-breaking carbon-fibre solar powered plane, and the high profile America’s cup yacht. Case studies were key to the conference to provide added-value and demonstrate implementation of research and development. Russ Maguire from Boeing took the audience through the development and time lines for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, highlighting the key innovation of a one-piece composite fuselage section enabling reduced weight.
Feedback from participants has been very positive in relation to the conference content, exhibition, organisation and venue. The majority of delegates indicated that they found significant benefit in attending the event and would consider attending similar events in the future.
Copies of the conference proceedings are available for purchase here.
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