9th International AVK Conference at Composites Europe in Essen

30 April 2006

The AVK - the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics - will be holding its annual conference in 2006 during the Composites Europe show.

The AVK is expecting roughly 500 international participants at its event in the South Conference Centre of the Essen Exhibition Centre on 19 and 20 September. Originally the AVK Conference was planned for the start of September in Baden-Baden.

The 9th International AVK Conference will now be leading in to Composites Europe, the European specialist trade fair for composite materials which is being held for the first time from 20 – 22 September in Essen.

""We are confident that by linking the AVK to Composites Europe the event will gain in significance as the number one meeting place for the European composites industry,"" said Jürgen Aurer, Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the AVK. ""This combined event will help us succeed in bundling the strengths of our industry."" According to the motto “Competitive through Composites” the two-day conference will feature talks presenting the latest technical possibilities and future applications of reinforced plastics. The talks will therefore document advances in the field of reinforced plastics and special thermosetting plastics. The AVK Conference will begin with a varied programme of talks on 19 September, one day before the start of Composites Europe. The evening is planned as a combined industry and networking event by Reed Exhibitions and EuCIA, the organisers of Composites Europe, the leading international specialist magazine Reinforced Plastics, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and as an evening event of the AVK Conference.

On 20 September the conference participants have the opportunity to attend the international Composites Europe trade fair. Here the participants will be able to get a comprehensive overview of the latest technologies, processes and products in the area of fibre-reinforced composites. The Composites Europe exhibition will be held from 20 - 22 September parallel to Aluminium 2006 in Essen.

""The link to Aluminium 2006 yields means benefits for our members and the participants in our annual conference: there we'll get concentrated access to a group of interested potential clients,"" explained Aurer. The international composites sector shares this view: over 100 companies and institutions from 21 countries have already booked a place at Composites Europe. Three quarters of the hall capacity has already been booked, including eight national pavilions from Europe, the USA and Asia.

A total of roughly 200 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors are expected at Composites Europe. Coorganisers of the Composites Europe are EuCIA, which represents roughly 15,000 companies in the European composites industry. The AVK is the German national federation and a member of the EuCIA, the European composites industry association.

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