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Composites Europe strengthens CRP and Biomaterials Sectors

  • Wednesday, 3rd September 2008
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After being staged in Stuttgart last year, a significantly larger Composites Europe now returns to Essen for its third edition.

When Composites Europe opens its gates this year from 23 to 25 September, the list of exhibitors will include some 270 exhibitors from 19 countries. The trade fair visitors can look forward to a broad spectrum of future-oriented high performance materials. Composites Europe 2008 and the parallel world trade fair, Aluminium 2008, together form the world’s largest platform for lightweight construction materials.

The exhibition space has been doubled in comparison to the previous year, with the trade fair now exhibiting on 12,000 sqm. The companies will be exhibiting their products and solutions in Halls 10, 11 and 12 at the Essen Exhibition Centre. The spectrum shall cover the entire value chain of reinforced plastics – from raw materials to semi‑finished, intermediate and finished products, all the way to technologies and services. The exhibitors at Composites Europe 2008 have registered some 3000 products. This year the trade fair shall place a special focus on two segments: the CRP and biomaterials product sectors.

The use of CRP is continuing to grow steadily and the manufacturers of carbon fibres are also expecting high growth rates in the future. Composites Europe shall build on this development. Numerous companies will be displaying their innovative production technologies and processing procedures for the manufacture of CRP components. In addition to the industry association Carbon Composites e.V., companies such as CFK Valley from Stade, Saertex, Carbo Tech Composites and CG Tec shall also be among the exhibitors. Besides the conventional pre preg process, the innovative Vacuum Assisted Process (VAP) will also be a topic at the fair.

As during the previous years, the International AVK Conference will mark the beginning of the Composites Europe trade fair. The AVK – German Federation of Reinforced Plastics will already be expecting some 500 conference participants from 22 to 23 September in the Congress Center at the Essen Exhibition Centre. The conference programme shall present the latest findings and practical examples on topics such as thermoplastic and duroplastic composites, the environment and recycling, joining technology, raw materials and compounds.

This year will also see the first-time appearance of the 6th N-FibreBase Congress at the International AVK Conference. On two days, experts will inform visitors on the use of natural fibre reinforced plastics as an alternative to conventional composites. The fundamentals of natural fibre reinforced plastics and various NFRP processing methods shall be illustrated in three topic blocks, from injection moulding to compounding, extrusion and cast moulding, all the way to thermoforming. The N-FibreBase Congress is organised by the nova Institute in cooperation with M-Base Software & Engineering GmbH (Aachen) and University of Applied Sciences in Bremen/Department of Biomimetics.

Composites Europe will also be picking up on the topic of natural fibre reinforced plastics and demonstrating the features of “green” materials. Among other things, the nova Institute will be informing visitors on the natural fibre injection moulding method. Renolit will again be showing natural fibre composite sheets for the construction and automobile industries. Wacker, Amorim and TechnoPartner Samtronic will be presenting a material class of their own on the basis of natural cork with their self-developed Cork-Polymer-Composite (CPC).

Visitors will be able to experience the material highlights, successful application examples and the most important trends in the industry at the trade fair’s two specialized forums. At the Composites Forum, experts will be presenting interesting lectures on the fundamentals, trends and innovations in composite materials. The focus of the daily workshops will be on areas of application, such as “Automotive”, “Building & Construction” and “Aerospace”, as well as “Composites Technology” and “Promoting Composites”. The entire programme of lectures will be held in English and admission shall be free of charge for all visitors.

Composites Europe shall showcase the living world of composites together with its exhibitors and partners on the over 500 sqm Product Demonstration Area. The Product Demonstration Area will offer the visitors a comprehensive information platform to the whole composites industry, with live demonstrations of production processes, presentations of raw materials, intermediate and finished products from the different application industries and material tests for composites products.

The combination of different material classes as hybrid material systems, offers added performance, functionality and applicability in comparison to homogenous construction by adding different materials. There will be a special presentation on this topic titled “Combined Materials” at this year’s Composites Europe. The offer ranges from metal to ceramic-plastic-composites, such as those being presented by Ceramdis from Switzerland. In addition, other providers of hybrid combined materials, such as Future Carbon or Hightec Welding, will also be presenting their products at the trade fair.

As in 2006, this year’s Composites Europe, which is organised in cooperation with the European Composites Industry Association, EuCIA, and the international magazine, Reinforced Plastics, will also be staged parallel to Aluminium, the largest trade fair of the international aluminium industry. Together the two trade fairs form the world’s largest platform for lightweight construction materials. Aluminium 2008 will include 840 exhibitors from 41 countries, the entire value chain of Aluminium as a material, from its production to processing and finishing technologies, all the way to finished products for the main areas of application will be represented. The parallel staging of Composites Europe and Aluminium will offer a wide range of synergy effects, from which especially the visitors from the automotive, aerospace, construction, design and development industries will benefit.

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