25 September 2006
25 September 2006
Last week, the trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions and the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) held the first Composites Europe exhibition, a new trade fair for composites.
At the first Composites Europe in Essen, approximately 200 companies from all over Europe presented the entire value creation chain of the composites industry, from the raw material to the finished end product, processing technology and practical applications. The trade fair was accompanied by special forums such as workshops and live demonstrations.
Further support for the fair came from AVK - Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. - which this year chose Composites Europe as the venue for its annual conference, with more than 500 participants from all over the world.
The event was generally thought to have been a good initial opening for a potential series of exhibitions, by both visitors and exhibitors, and pre-booking for Composites Europe 2007, to be held in Stuttgart, is already well underway. The organisers, Reed Exhibitions, also decided to organise an independent event in Asia, currently the fastest-growing market, to supplement Composites Europe. Composites & RP Asia - Asian Trade Show and Conference for Composites, Technology and Applications will be held in Hong Kong from September 4th to 6th, 2007.
Interface Polymers has won one of the AkzoNobel ‘Paint the Future’ Awards given to innovative startups, winning an Award in the ‘Enhanced Functionality’ category.
Fibre handling expert and custom machinery manufacturer Cygnet Texkimp has developed an AGV-mounted mobile handling system using a collaborative robot capable of lifting packages of fibre weighing up to 35kg.
Composite materials are widely used in aeronautics because of the major weight savings they provide, which directly affects their environmental impact because they require less fuel and thus reduce CO2 emissions.