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From 7 – 9 October 2014, the trade fair will showcase a range of lectures, forums and events regarding fibre-reinforced plastics in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The event organisers explain the trade fair will provide an outlook on the future of composites through a number of forums and new special areas such as the “Bio-based Pavilion” and “Industry meets Science.”
More than 400 exhibitors from 25 nations are expected to present new lightweight construction concepts, materials, and the latest production and automation solutions at the ninth edition of Composites Europe. Organisers claim a total of 10,000 lightweight construction experts representing automotive engineering, aviation and boat-building as well as the wind energy and construction sectors are expected at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, a third of them from outside Germany.
The event and its forums will focus on high-volume manufacturing processes. The organisers state the industry will present suitable production and processing methods, innovative materials and current lightweight construction projects. Additionally, the trade fair highlights new ideas at the composites forum and in special areas, including the Product Demonstration Area, the new “Industry meets Science” area and the “Bio-based Pavilion”.
According to its organisers, part of the trade fair will be a lecture programme, the international Composites Forum, which will be filled by the VDMA Forum Composite Technology, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) and Composites Europe exhibitors. Presentations will center on production technology in composite manufacturing. Among other topics, lectures by VDMA member companies will focus on automation of logistics processes, production of preforms, economically viable manufacturing of thermoplastic structural components and joining technologies for high-volume production.
The trade shows new area “Industry meets Science” enables visitors to grasp the latest developments and highlights from process engineering, dimensioning and quality assurance. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University and additional partner institutes will be responsible for implementing this special area, which focusses heavily not just on traditional thermoset materials and thermoplastic composites but also on innovative matrices such as polyurethane and thermoplastics polymerising in situ. Numerous demonstration components and tours of selected highlights complete the range of offerings at “Industry meets Science”, which is intended as an enhancement of the Product Demonstration Area (PDA).
The “Bio-based Pavilion”, made possible in collaboration with the nova-Institute in Hürth, will showcase the advantages and potential of biofibres. In addition to companies from the WPC and NFC segments, enterprises associated with bio-based thermoset plastics and thermoplastics will also be represented at the trade fair.
Composites Europe will kick off with the International AVK Conference, which will bring together leading composites experts from across Europe. On 6-7 October, international presenters will lecture on material innovations, production processes, the interplay between various materials, and the right mix of materials. The conference will put a special emphasis on recycling and standardisation, both highly relevant topics for the entire composites industry.
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