21 July 2015
21 July 2015
The kick-off event for a new AVK working group dedicated to "Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in the Automobile Sector" took place in Frankfurt, Germany, on 1 July, 2015.
This was initiated by the founding members of the working group - BASF, DuPont, Evonik, Lanxess and Bond-Laminates. The interest from the composites industry in this highly topical event was enormous, over 100 participants attended to hear the latest news about the working group's planned mission and activities.
After an introduction by Dr. Christian Obermann (Bond-Laminates) outlining the group's objectives, Dr. Sebastian Schmeer (IVW Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe) presented the first results of an AVK project that is already underway. All companies operating in this market segment at every stage of the value chain are invited to participate in this project or attend future meetings of the working group.
As well as manufacturers of raw materials and processing companies, representatives of the automobile industry, OEMs, machinery manufacturers and research institutes took part in this event. The focus of the group's activities will include the creation of a public forum for this area as well as for standardising the characterisation of thermoplastic, continuous fibre-reinforced, semi-finished materials (tapes, sheets and organo sheets).
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.