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Composites are the trend in lightweight construction and well on their way to go into mass production, as will be demonstrated at Composites Europe 2012 in Düsseldorf from 9 – 11 October.
Running parallel to the Aluminium trade fair, Reed Exhibitions says the events constitute the most important summit meeting of the year for the international lightweight construction sector: more than 1,300 exhibitors from more than 50 countries will present materials, key technologies and applications for the major lightweight construction markets at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.
At Composites Europe, more than 420 exhibitors – from raw materials producers to suppliers, processors and technology providers through to service providers – are expected to display the complete range of composites. Reed says the optimism reigning in the composites industry is obvious from one look into the trade fair halls: Composites Europe 2012 starts out with new records in exhibitor numbers (+20%) and exhibition area (+20%).
Manufacturers and technology specialists such as Huntsman, Johns Manville, KrausMaffei, Lange+Ritter, Dieffenbacher, Weiss Chemie or Cam Elyaf will again take part. For the first time BASF, Polytec EMC or Mikado Smart Engineering will present themselves at Composites Europe. They display the complete composites process chain – from raw materials to semi-finished products and processing through to the latest technologies, machinery and services.
Central topics at this year’s fair are automation and mass production of composites. SGL Carbon, Toho Tenax, Mitsubishi Rayon, Toray and Zoltek will present themselves in Düsseldorf. With the competence networks CFK Valley Stade – taking part with its own joint stand at the fair for the first time this year – and Carbon Composites (CCeV), the trade fair also brings together the leading clusters in the field of CRP technology.
The Composites supporting programme ranges from the International AVK Conference to the Composites Forum right through the Product Demonstration Area, where specialists from the practical field and from science give an overview of the trends in the market for composites.
Since the beginning of the trade fair, the European industry association EuCIA Composites Europe’s partner. In 2011 the trade fair succeeded in winning the world’s largest industry association, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), as a second partner. Starting in 2012, the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.) with its Forum Composite Technology will also support the event. The VDMA will contribute its own lectures to the programme of the Composites Forum which accompanies the fair.
From cutting and bonding technology to RTM live demonstrations – every year, the Product Demonstration Area is one of the crowd pullers at the fair. The special display organised in cooperation with the Institute of Plastics Processing (Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung – IKV) at RWTH Aachen University and the AVK offers visitors a close-up on high-tech products, demonstrations of production processes, raw materials as well as a variety of testing procedures for composites products.
Demand for specialised personnel is very high also in the composites industry. In the Recruiting Area, international companies meet students, graduates and young professionals. The special area offers job seekers the opportunity to have their application dossiers reviewed and get useful information for planning their careers. At the same time, companies get the chance to present themselves as an attractive employer and to recruit specialised staff. The Recruiting Area is organised in cooperation with Kaiser Stähler Rekrutierungsberatung.
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