03 October 2006
03 October 2006
‘A perfect start’ is the comment from Britta Wirtz, Director of the new trade fair Composites Europe, which was launched successfully in Essen with more than 3,700 visitors.
The focus of the new European Trade Fair for Composites, Technology and Applications was on fibre composite materials. On 6,000 sqm of exhibition space, 200 exhibitors Europe and overseas presented the entire spectrum of the composites industry, from the raw materials to processing technology and practical applications. In cooperation with the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) and supported by industry magazine Reinforced Plastics, the organisers Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH say that they successfully positioned the show alongside the Aluminium trade fair which took place at the same time in Essen.
Around 45% of visitors came from the automotive and transport sectors; the aerospace (29%), building and construction (23%) and sports and leisure (22%) sectors were also well represented, and Reed say that most visitors were decision-makers in their respective fields. The fair also impressed visitors as a new business platform: around to 80% of the visitors said they made new contacts and visitors also awarded the new event good marks - 77% of the visitors gave a ‘positive’ to ‘very positive’ assessment of Composites Europe.
Composites Europe was accompanied by the 9th International Congress of the Federation of Reinforced Plastics e.V. (AVK) whose members used the fair as a new networking event.
“Composites Europe surprised us. The AVK members were simply overwhelmed, I only saw satisfied faces“, says Dr. Uwe Bültjer, Managing Director of AVK, after the three days of the fair. “Composites Europe is a very good fair. We had the opportunity to make entirely new contacts“, commented Jan Verhaeghe from the Belgian vehicle manufacturer Composittrailer, who is also Vice President of EuCIA. Uwe Kassens from the Röchling Group also reported that participation at the fair had been a success. “Most of all, Composites Europe yielded a large number of good contacts from new segments. “
“We are confident that we will be able to establish Composites Europe as an institution among industrial fairs in Germany“, said Hans-Joachim Erbel, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. Composites Europe 2007 will be held from November 6th to 8th in Stuttgart, holding Composites Europe in the most important centres of composites application in Europe.
Next year, Reed Exhibitions is also collaborating with Reinforced Plastics magazine to launch a new event in Asia - Composites & RP Asia 2007 will take place on 4-6 September in Hong Kong.
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