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Experience Composites - A New Fibre Composite Materials Trade Fair

06 October 2015

Experience Composites, co-organised by the JEC Group will be held in Augsburg, Germany from 21-23 September 2016 in a multi-location format.

The new event is being set up by Messe Augsburg in collaboration with the JEC Group and Carbon Composites (CCeV). The internationally organised event will be designed to be a showcase for the entire industry, focusing on machinery and plant construction, aviation and space travel, construction and infrastructure, medical technology, wind power, as well as the automotive and transport sectors.

Gerhard Reiter, the Managing Director of Messe Augsburg, is convinced that the event being staged in co-operation with the JEC Group and CCeV will be a success, "There is no other location in Europe like Augsburg having a market and industry locally catering for lightweight construction, fibre composites and carbon; we benefit greatly from the proximity to Augsburg Innovationspark and from being right next door to Carbon Composites, the most important and largest network in this sector and not least the assistance of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as the Chamber of Crafts in Swabia and other supporters in the region. As a result of our experience in staging specialist events on-site in close proximity to the centre of Augsburg and the high quality staff we having working in customer support, it is quite clear that we offer the very best environment for this event and working together with the JEC Group as a pioneer and leader in this field enables us to access the expertise and the network of the global composites community."

"The Global Composites Industry is growing fast (+5% p.a.), and as an observer and representative of the Industry, we could not help but to notice that this development could only be possible thanks to the close relationship of the Golden triangle made of Government, Industry and Research together with Material Sciences and Engineering. Germany perfectly applies this model in the field of composites materials and is hence a key player in the Composites Industry's global development," says Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO. "Augsburg is a strong Composites Hub and JEC Group is thrilled to be part of this promising project."

Alexander Gundling, Managing Director of Carbon Composites says, "Having one of the largest networks in the lightweight construction industry, Carbon Composites and its leading-edge cluster MAI Carbon are supporting the trade fair in Augsburg for two reasons, on the one hand it provides a showcase in which innovative businesses and organisations in this sector can promote their enormous expertise. On the other hand, there is not only a trade congress and a trade fair in Augsburg, but also on site visits, rounds of discussions and training events. This means that there is an entirely new concept of presentation being displayed and this fits in very well with the innovative character of the industry and the venue."

According to JEC, more and more lightweight products are becoming ready for mass production across the entire spectrum of industries spanning from machine and plant building to aviation and space travel, to the automotive industry and its subcontractors right up to robotics and construction. Conversely, the modern mass production of reproducible fibre composite components is at times so complex that this can only be managed by a few companies with great difficulty. With the large number of research institutes it has even today, such as the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt the Functional Lightweight Design Department at the Fraunhofer Institute and firms working on resource-efficiency technology and carbon fibre composite materials, the economic region in which Augsburg is located provides an excellent network which will have a significant addition in the coming year with the Experience Composites Trade Fair.

A new and pioneering event concept has been developed for Experience Composites which JEC says was co-ordinated at an early stage between a large number of opinion-formers. In addition to the new Composites trade fair, the so-called "Multi Location Format" includes a congress, a visit to the businesses present, scientific institutes, seminars and training sessions and community events at various locations in Augsburg. The aim is to bring fibre composite materials and the entire value creation chain to life by making them transparent and structured so that they become tangible and, in particular, to make newcomers aware of all the potential applications of the material.

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