13 August 2010
13 August 2010
The VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau - German Engineering Federation) has put in place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and production of technologies for composite materials.
Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a platform for exchanges among themselves, with users and with research establishments.
Jochen Zaun, managing director of Georg Sahm GmbH & Co.KG, Eschwege, was elected honorary spokesman of the VDMA Composite Technology Forum at the inaugural meeting.
Reducing the large amount of work that still has to be done manually, shortening cycle times as well as ensuring, for example, that component quality is always maintained are major challenges in terms of the manufacture of composites and intermediate products. Given that these are important issues for many user industries, the VDMA decided to set up the ""VDMA Composite Technology"" grouping with a view to bringing together the technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composites, to be found in a number of machinery manufacturers’ association.
“Understanding the process itself and networking with customers are our main concerns, but we also want to be involved in market intelligence and marketing issues and provide proper representation of the interests of firms in the technology chain,” explains VDMA Composite Technology Forum spokesman Jochen Zaun, whose company supplies special machinery for the manufacture of the textile base material.
Aimed at all interested suppliers of technology, VDMA Composite Technology has scheduled a meeting to be held in Frankfurt am Main on 19 November 2010 with a view to exchanging experiences and establishing the future work programme.