19 June 2008
19 June 2008
270 international exhibitors have already registered for the third international trade fair for fibre-reinforced composite materials which will be held from 23 to 25 September in Essen.
With this number, Composites Europe has already substantially exceeded its previous 2007 record of 200 exhibitors. Furthermore, the exhibition area will be twice that of the previous event.
In Halls 10, 11 and 12 of the Essen Exhibition Centre companies will present more than 3.000 products from the entire value creation chain of fibre-reinforced plastics. The range will cover raw materials, semi-finished, finished and intermediate products through to technologies and services. Among the large number of new exhibitors who registered in the last few days are major representatives from the entire value creation chain: NRW.Kunststoff (an association of plastics manufacturers and research institutes in North Rhine-Westphalia), the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt – DLR ), Atom MB, Well Diamant-Drahtsägen and Crest Composites from India.
Reed Exhibitions say that Composites Europe will showcase the dynamic development of the composites materials market and present current trends. Among these are the extension of the CRP segment and natural fibre reinforced plastics. The 6th N-FibreBase Congress, to be held as part of the AVK Annual Convention which will be held parallel to the fair, provides information about the natural materials as alternatives yo conventional materials.
While the N-FibreBase Congress is held in conjunction with Composites Europe for the first time, the international AVK Convention, taking place from 22 September onwards, will mark the beginning of the trade fair for the third time. “The combination of an expert convention with the fair provides the best possible opportunity for a concentrated and efficient exchange of experience in the composites market and for making new contacts“, says AVK Managing Director Dr. Elmar Witten.
With the combination of different classes of materials, hybrid material systems offer an increase in performance, functions and applications when compared to homogenous structures. On this topic, Composites Europe will feature the special presentation “Hybrid Materials“ this year, ranging from metal to ceramics composite plastics such as those presented, for example, by Ceramdis from Switzerland.
This year’s Composites Europe will again be held in parallel with Aluminium 2008, the biggest fair of the international aluminium industry. Both fairs together are the biggest platform for lightweight materials.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Airtech Advanced Materials Group is introducing three new high temperature vacuum bagging materials for thermoplastic moulding processes up to 427°C.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.