Reed and Eucia Launch European Composites Event

04 November 2005

Reed Exhibitions and the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) are launching a European Trade Fair and Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications.

The composites event, entitled Composites Europe, will take place from 20th – 22nd September 2006 in Essen, Germany, and is designed for small and medium sized enterprises with the focus on composites applications and solutions. The event represents EuCIA’s first trade fair on the European continent.

The three-day trade fair aims to be a central trade fair in Europe for the entire composites development and manufacturing chain, from raw materials and process engineering through to practical applications and finished products.

The show will run alongside Reed’s other exhibition, Aluminium 2006.

Britta Wirtz, Event Director, Reed Exhibitions Germany GmbH, explains: “By integrating Composites Europe simultaneously into Aluminium 2006, an existing world trade fair attracting international experts from the areas of research, development and product, we expect a number of synergy effects.""

Remarking that Aluminium 2006 is the largest exhibition for the aluminium sector, Reed suggest that running both shows together will appeal to industries where both materials apply to specific industry applications, adding that ""one in three professionals attending the Aluminium show is also a potential user of composites”. The company referred to the A380 as an example of a hybrid composite/aluminium structure, with its body consisting of 60 per cent aluminium and 40 per cent composite materials.

NetComposites has previously organised an event called Composites Europe, held in Barcelona on 6-7 October 2005. To avoid confusion between the two events, NetComposites has agreed to licence the name Composites Europe to Reed Exhibitions for the new event. Future events organised by NetComposites will have a different name.

The plan is for Composites Europe trade fair and accompanying forum, including workshops and product presentations, to take place annually in the most important application markets in Europe. In keeping with this, Reed Exhibitions will hold Composites Europe alternatively in Germany in even years and in other significant market locations in odd years.

Volker Fritz, president of EuCIA, pointed out that the Association, as co-organiser of the event, would be able to return revenues from Composites Europe back to the industry. “Composites Europe will be established as the main European business-to-business-platform, specially designed to cater for small and medium sized enterprises.”

The organisers are expecting as many as 200 exhibitors from Germany and abroad when Composites Europe takes place for the first time in Hall 1A at the Essen Fair Grounds.

EuCIA, together with its interest groups, represents approximately 15,000 members of the European composites industry. Reed Exhibitions is the world’s largest organiser of trade fairs and exhibitions.

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