With its new ‘Process Live’ format, processing and manufacturing processes will become a visible focus of this year’s Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November. Mechanical and plant engineering companies will get together in group exhibits to showcase their technologies in live interactions, enabling visitors to experience sub-processes in a larger context.
Partnerships accelerate growth
Among others, cutting specialist Gunnar, composites automation expert Airborne and gripping systems provider Schmalz will join forces to create a combined production cell in a process-safe depiction of the entire value chain from roll materials to the finished layer structure of a composite component. In this set-up, interlocking hardware components are fully connected with each other via software.
“Cooperation among processors is getting closer and closer,” says Olaf Freier, Event Director, Composites Europe. “These partnerships within the process chain are accelerating the growth of the composites industry; that’s what we want to show with the new ‘Process live’ format.”
Lightweight Technologies Forum
Besides the optimisation of the process chain, industry research today is heavily focused on the use of GRP and CFRP in multi-material systems. The Lightweight Technologies Forum will once again demonstrate how composites play to their strengths alongside other materials in the material mix for hybrid structural components. A total of 16 exhibitors will present materials, tools and exhibits, from fillers to bonding agents and presses for laminating different materials to semi-finished hybrid products.
In various presentations, experts will provide an overview of new products in manufacturing and joining technology as well as applications from the automotive, aerospace and construction sectors. Support for the Lightweight Technologies Forum is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
From digitalisation to recycling
A presentation programme, themed tours and special areas complete the Composites Europe lineup. Manufacturing technology, recycling, digitalisation and thermoplastics will be central themes in the programme of the Composites Forum, which will also feature exhibitors presenting application examples from automotive engineering, aerospace, construction, mechanical engineering, wind energy and shipbuilding.
Themed guided tours will lead visitors to the stands of selected exhibitors ready to explain the latest innovations in fibreglass, thermoplastics, automotive engineering, wind energy and construction.
Hosting the special area Industry meets Science, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), the European research institute for plastics technology based in Aachen, will showcase developments in process technology, design, quality assurance and repair.
The exhibitors at the Bio-Based Composites Pavilion, which will again be set up in cooperation with the nova-Institute, will reflect the development of the market for green composites. The focus will be on application options of wood polymer composites (WPC), natural fibre composites (NFC), bio-based thermoplastics and thermosets for composites, and bio-based plastics.
Industry newcomers will present themselves at a group stand funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). They will cover a wide range of topics from semi-finished carbon fibre products to metal foams to production lines for multi-material 3D fibre laminates.
Under the banner of Formula Student, students and apprentices will show visitors race cars they have designed themselves.
International Composites Congress (ICC)
The International Composites Congress (ICC) will once again kick off Composites Europe. In a series of presentations on 5-6 November, international experts will discuss applications, materials, process technologies and market prospects under the theme Composites – On the Path to Becoming a Key Industry?
Composites Europe is organised by Reed Exhibitions in cooperation with European industry association EuCIA and trade association Composites Germany, a coalition whose members include the organisations AVK, CCeV, CFK-Valley and the VDMA Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies.
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