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International AVK Conference for Composites: A Good Start in Düsseldorf

  • Tuesday, 30th October 2012
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Over 300 participants visited the International AVK Conference on 8 – 9 October 2012, invited by the AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe (German Federation of Reinforced Plastics), at the CCD Congress Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Skilled professionals from industry, science and research presented the diverse possibilities and potential of fibre-reinforced plastics and composites.

Innovations and trends in the field of new applications, procedures, materials and comparisons of materials, as well as the presentation of the annual GRP market report, demonstrated the enormous potential of fibre-reinforced reinforced plastics and composites.

“Presently, we have ascertained that there is growing demand worldwide for solutions from fibre-reinforced plastics or composities. The European market, which comprises approximately a quarter of the worldwide production, however, appears to be differentiated”, reports Dr. Elmar Witten, Managing Director of the AVK.

For the first time, the President of the Turkish Association of Composite Processors, Ismail Hakki Hacialioglu, reported on the market development for composites in Turkey as well as in the Middle East.

The keynote address before the entire assembly, with the highly topical subject “The Euro and Europe’s Cultural Identity – Truths about Europe”, presented by Max Kerner, Professor for History at the Historical Institute of the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen, gave participants food for thought to consider the current European financial and structural crisis.

Once again, the prize conferral on this year’s twelve AVK Innovation Award Winners took place on the first day of the Conference. Further information about the award winners can be found at

The next AVK Conference will take place on 16 – 17 September 2013, at the International Congresscenter Stuttgart (ICS), Germany.

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