COMPOSITES EUROPE Blog met Mr. Stefan Hilbrath – divisional director of UHU Industrieklebstoffe. Have look at this interesting interview!07 September 2011 | By Angela in Aerospace Industry, Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, consulting, Consumer, Design, Electronics, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Technology, Wind Energy Industry
COMPOSITES EUROPE Blog met Mr. Stefan Hilbrath – divisional director of UHU Industrieklebstoffe. For the first time UHU will exhibit at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 in Stuttgart. We have asked him a few questions to get some interesting information.
Q: Please introduce yourself – who are you, what are your responsibilities at UHU?
A: The Company of UHU is divided into several business sectors. I am the divisional director, in charge of the division “Industry and Handcraft”. We are a young team of seven colleagues. Our ambition is to make UHU Industrieklebstoffe (UHU Industry adhesives) more known and famous and to offer the best solutions for our customers.
Q: Could you give us a quick overview of UHU GmbH & Co. KG?
A: UHU Industrieklebstoffe offers innovative glues for a wide variety of applications. We are a full-range supplier in the segment of technical glues and glue technologies. Alongside to epoxy- and acrylate adhesives, silane modified polymers and silicone-based products, our range also contains cyanoacrylate – and solvent adhesives. According to the customer’s preference, the application can be done manually, semi-automatically or automatically by using robots. During the COMPOSITES EUROPE this year we are looking forward to developing and working on individual complete solutions for the visitors. For that we are working together with selected machine experts like Hilger & Kern, Nordson EFD Deutschland, ViscoTec Pumpen- und Dosiertechnik and Vieweg GmbH. Our main focus is of course on glues but we also recommend machine experts for both small and large applications to our customers.
Q: Has your company always worked in the field of composites?
A: We have always worked in the sector of new materials because we see a huge potential in it. This year will be the first time for us as an exhibitor at COMPOSITES EUROPE after having visited it in the last few years. Through our presentation on COMPOSITES EUROPE, we want to enlarge the publicity of the business division for industry and handcraft solutions.
Q: To whic industries do you deliver your glues?
A: Our main target groups are electrical engineering, automotive industry, metal processing, woodworking, plastics engineering and building materials. We are intentionally serving niches in which customers are thankful for new solutions. Especially the fields of fibre composite and lightweight are interesting for us. Our goal is to bring innovations to the market.
Q: Looking to the future, where do you think the composites industry is headed?
A: My impression is very positive and full of expectations. The industry is greedy for fibre-reinforced plastics because it implicates massive economic advantages. We believe that the composites market is a future market. That is why we are continuously working on new product developments. The composites market is very attractive because of it’s big economical potential.
Q: Do you have current projects?
A: We are always working on projects and product developments and try to present them as fast as possible. I would like to point out our project with the university of applied sciences in Landshut and Prof. Reiling. If a constructing engineer, for example in the automotive industry is making a load test nowadays, he can use clear characteristic values for a steel bolt with metric head which are listed in a register for strength classes. Goal of our project and of the measurements carried out by the UAS Landshut was to identify characteristic values for our different adhesives, so that engineers have the necessary parameters for their numerical calculations. Our project is leading in this area worldwide. Moreover, it is independent and neutral because it has been carried out by a university.
Q: How did you get to COMPOSITES EUROPE?
A: My tasks are the market monitoring and research. It is important to discover new potential markets for us and to keep observing them. Through my research I have noticed the COMPOSITES EUROPE exhibition and I have already been there as a visitor. This year we finally decided on exhibiting at the fair.
Q: Finally, are you looking forward to the COMPOSITES EUROPE show?
A: The whole team is looking forward to it. I always look forward to trade fairs. You can meet outgoing people, take suggestions with you and learn a lot from the visitors. Furthermore, you always find out about new innovations on the market.