All Posts from September, 2012

Interview with Christopher Nüßlein, Manager of Investor Center Ostbrandenburg and exhibitor at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012

September 24th, 2012 | By Angela in aerospace, Architecture, AVK, Business, Composite production, COMPOSITES Forum, Construction Industry, consulting, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Resources | No Comments »

CN: Christopher Nüßlein

CE: Please introduce yourself – who are you, what are your responsibilities at Investor Center Ostbrandenburg?

CN: My name is Christopher Nüßlein, I’m with the Investor Center Ostbrandenburg and in charge of supporting companies with industrial roots which consider establishing new businesses in Germany, also with regard to the upcoming markets in Eastern Europe. These include the Greentech industries, micro-electronics, paper industry and of course steel and lightweight companies.

Could you give us a quick overview of Investor Center Ostbrandenburg?

CN: The Investor Center Ostbrandenburg GmbH (ICOB) is an economic development agency of the cities of Frankfurt (Oder) and Eisenhüttenstadt. Both cities are part of the German Capital Region of Berlin-Brandenburg and are located alongside the River Oder close to the German-Polish border. Both cities have their own industrial tradition and developed themselves to modern business locations in recent years. National and international companies from US, Canada, France, Denmark or Japan have established production-, service- and research facilities on site. Thereby the region scores explicitly with fast approval procedures, skilled and motivated workforce, fully developed industrial and commercial sites, existing halls and an excellent logistic connection.

The ICOB offers enterprises individual and professional support for the entire process of establishing new businesses in East Brandenburg. Our services are free of charge for companies and include:

  • Assistance in the development of location based business models
  • Advice in subsidy programmes,
  • Help in selecting the right site,
  • Assistance in contacting co-operation partners and recruiting personnel,
  • One-Stop-Agency for all levels of authority

CE: Why is the COMPOSITES EUROPE the right place to introduce the Region?

CN: New technologies are the core of our efforts to attract new companies for creating further growth and new jobs in our region. In our perspective, composite materials and lightweight construction systems have an enormous potential for present and future applications in many fields of business and life. These technologies could superbly complement the available metal processing and supply industries in the region inducing, synergy effects and long-term employment.

CE: Finally, are you looking forward to the show?

CN: Of course, we are looking forward to meeting lots of interesting people and companies at the show, using the chance to introduce our region and find exciting investment projects for further growh in Frankfurt (Oder) and Eisenhüttenstadt. We welcome all companies to have a look into our region and visit us in hall 8B, booth C12. Please note: We are ready when you are!

Interview with Dr. Elmar Witten, Managing Director AVK – Federation of Reinforced Plastics – Partner and exhibitor at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012

September 18th, 2012 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Allgemein, Automotive Industry, AVK, Awards, Biocomposites, Business, Composite production, COMPOSITES Forum, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, General, Marine, Product Demonstration Area, Sports industry, Technology, Wind Energy Industry | No Comments »

Dr. Elmar Witten is the managing director of the AVK. The AVK is the Partner of COMPOSITES EUROPE. The AVK holds its annual international AVK Conference at COMPOSITES EUROPE.







Dr. EW: Dr. Elmar Witten

CE: Could you please give us a quick overview of the AVK? What is the mission of AVK?

Dr. EW: The AVK (Federation of Reinforced Plastics) represents the interests of manufacturers and processors of reinforced plastics  as well as their raw materials suppliers on a national and European scale.
The AVK currently has more than 220 member companies along the whole value chain of reinforced plastics.
The AVK is the leading organization for all companies at the German composites market.
The mission of the AVK is to provide its´ members with all services one stop and to represent their interests towards all institutions. Thereto we primarily follow up the following objectives: increase the image of composites, promote innovations, offer further trainings, expose sustainability and enlarge the composites network.

CE: What kind of projects have you undertaken for your members? How do your members profit from AVK?

Dr. EW: The companies profit from the AVK membership by attending our unique and exclusive expert task forces. The AVK offers nearly 20 up-to-the-minute as well as permanent topics which are focus of these regularly meetings. The participants of these task forces develop actions for marketing their issues. One example is the AVK task force “Euro-RTM-Group” which is – as in recent years – present at COMPOSITES EUROPE´s Product Demonstration Area. Overall the companies profit from all the AVK activities to promote composites.

CE: Looking to the future, where do you think the composites industry is headed to? What are the biggest challenges and opportunities?

Dr. EW: There are many opportunities for composites, e. g. the industries´ demand for lightweight or sustainable material. The potential for innovations and substitution is  very high. The biggest challenge is still to convince the decision makers in the application industry of the often unknown advantages of the composites material and to find material mix solutions.

CE: How important is COMPOSITES EUROPE for your association?

Dr. EW: The AVK is partner of the COMPOSITES EUROPE from day one. The show is very important for us and our member companies as most of them are exhibitors and/or visitors.
The COMPOSITES EUROPE and the AVK Conference as the opening event cover all the relevant topics in the composites market.

CE: Finally, are you looking forward to the COMPOSITES EUROPE show this year?

Dr. EW: I am of course looking forward to this year´s show as we expect to see some product and process innovations, to meet interesting people and to get some inspiration how we together can help the composites market to grow.