14 February 2012
14 February 2012
Ticona was the main sponsor of the 12th international CAR Symposium for the second time in succession, providing participants for the panel discussion and information on possibilities for high-performance polymers in automobile construction at the event which took place on February 8th and 9th in the Bochum RuhrCongress Centre.
“Scenarios for the Automobile Future” was the motto with the focus this year on innovative products and growth strategies for the industry. According to Ticon, since the first event in 2001, top managers of distinction have been among the speakers at every symposium; this year they included Prof. h.c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW and Philippe Varin, Chairman of the Board of Management of PSA Peugeot Citroen.
Apart from the keynote addresses in the plenum, the content of the symposium focused on panel discussions and specialist lectures in various forums with further main topics such as electro mobility, innovations in vehicle technology, materials and lightweight construction as well as efficient development processes being enlarged upon in content.
Dr. Joachim Floeck, Head of Marketing Exterior Ticona, also participated in the first panel discussion of the CAR Symposium. The discussion conducted by Franz W. Rother, a member of the main editorial office of the “Wirtschaftswoche”, was dedicated to the subject “The new automobile industry”. Dr. Floeck was joined in the moderated discussion by Birgit A. Behrendt, Executive Director, Ford Motor Company, Rita Forst, Vice President Engineering Europe of Adam Opel AG, as well as Dr. Annette Winkler, CEO SMART.
Dr. Bernhard Pfeiffer, Global Automotive Manager at Ticona gave an insight into trends and use of materials in the automotive industry in his technical lecture “Lightweight innovations with high-performance polymers in automobile construction”.
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.