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Final Report: COMPOSITES EUROPE: Hybrid lightweight construction on the up and up

05 Dezember 2016 | By admin in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Engineering, Exhibitors, Innovation, Technology
Erfolgreiche Premiere des Lightweight Technologies Forum Messe ab 2017 jährlich in Stuttgart

Successful debut of the Lightweight Technologies Forum
Trade fair to be held in Stuttgart each year from 2017

The weight reduction trend has driven the development of fibre-reinforced composites in automotive engineering, aerospace and construction. Once again this year, the quantity of glass-fibre reinforced plastics produced in Europe will increase by 2.5 per cent, according to the industry association AVK. The industry is set to continue on this growth trajectory in coming years, including in the transport and construction sectors, while hoping for additional gains from the use of composites in modern materials systems that go beyond individual groups of materials. “The trend towards the creation and development of multi-material systems and the use of hybrid components will remain one of the central challenges. Joining and combining different materials is a task not just the composites industry should face up to but also players in other materials segments”, says Dr. Elmar Witten, the managing director of the AVK.

With the debut of the Lightweight Technologies Forums and the “Lightweight Construction Strategy Day”, COMPOSITES EUROPE 2016 reflected and showcased this trend: hybrid lightweight construction continues to gain in significance. As a result, composites produced with fibre-composite and metal technologies where the focus of the educational programme staged jointly by COMPOSITES EUROPE and the concurrent ALUMINIUM trade fair in Düsseldorf from 29 November to 1 December 2016. “Lightweight construction is a key technology of the future that’s making a critical contribution to the modernisation of industry. Electro-mobility, for example, is inconceivable without lightweight engineering. Economy and ecology will become linked even more tightly. And the ‘Lightweight Construction Strategy Day’ at ALUMINIUM and COMPOSITES EUROPE is making an important contribution in that regard”, said Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, at the outset of the trade fair.

In the heart of the market: COMPOSITES EUROPE now in Stuttgart each year

Another decision was made to ensure that COMPOSITES EUROPE heeds increasing calls for better linkages between science, the composites industry and user industries: starting in 2017, the trade fair will take place in Stuttgart each year. Until now, the event alternated between Stuttgart and Düsseldorf. COMPOSITES EUROPE’s decision reflects exhibitor requests and a unanimous Advisory Board vote.

The decisive factor was the proximity to the sectors that stimulate international demand for modern lightweight materials, such as the automotive industry, vehicle engineering, the aerospace industry and the electronics sector. “The Stuttgart region and Baden-Württemberg specifically stand out as leading technology hubs currently driving innovation in the composites industry”, emphasises Olaf Freier, the event director of COMPOSITES EUROPE.

Moreover, COMPOSITES EUROPE’s development has been particularly dramatic in Stuttgart, as well, with 470 exhibitors putting on display the entire production and manufacturing process of fibre-reinforced composites here last year. Even though 2016 is a “K Year”, organiser Reed Exhibitions counted 350 exhibitors from 30 nations in Düsseldorf, plus 8,622 (2014: 10,087) visitors. “Compared to our expectations based on the late trade fair date, we’re highly satisfied with COMPOSITES EUROPE – from customer contacts to sales, everything was perfect”, says Thomas Schwarz, the marketing director of Gunnar / Weissenberger.

“The successful premiere of the Lightweight Technologies Forum mirrors the trend towards multi-material lightweight construction. COMPOSITES EUROPE should continue on this path in order to promote an exchange between industry and science. Also making a contribution in this regard is the change in location to Stuttgart every year, which brings the mechanical engineering sector even closer to its customers”, says Dr. Walter Begemann, the project director of the VDMA Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies.

Peter Egger, speaking as the chairman of the COMPOSITES EUROPE Advisory Board, confirmed that notion: “The future will be all about driving modern production and automation solutions for reliable large-scale production in order to develop additional market potential. The industry is expecting additional momentum in this area following the decision concerning the location.”

The next COMPOSITES EUROPE, the 12th European Trade Fair and Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, will take place in Stuttgart from 19 to 21 September 2017.

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Note: The visitor, exhibitor and floor space figures of this trade fair are calculated and certified according to the uniform definitions published by FKM – German Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics.


Statements on COMPOSITES EUROPE:

“The trend towards the creation and development of multi-material systems and the use of hybrid components will remain one of the central challenges. Joining and combining different materials is a task not just the composites industry should face up to but also players in other materials segments.”

Dr. Elmar Witten, Managing Director, AVK

“The successful premiere of the Lightweight Technologies Forum mirrors the trend towards multi-material lightweight construction. COMPOSITES EUROPE should continue on this path in order to promote an exchange between industry and science. Also making a contribution in this regard is the change in location to Stuttgart every year, which brings the mechanical engineering sector even closer to its customers.”

Dr. Walter Begemann, Project Director, VDMA Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies

“The future will be all about driving modern production and automation solutions for reliable large-scale production in order to develop additional market potential. The industry is expecting additional momentum in this area following the decision concerning the location.”

Peter Egger, Chairman of the Advisory Board, COMPOSITES EUROPE

“The Stuttgart region and Baden-Württemberg specifically stand out as leading technology hubs currently driving innovation in the composites industry.”

Olaf Freier, Event Director, COMOPOSITES EUROPE

“Lightweight construction is a key technology of the future that’s making a critical contribution to the modernisation of industry. Electro-mobility, for example, is inconceivable without lightweight engineering. Economy and ecology will become linked even more tightly. And the ‘Lightweight Construction Strategy Day’ at ALUMINIUM and COMPOSITES EUROPE is making an important contribution in that regard.”

Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

“For us, COMPOSITES EUROPE is one of the most important events of the industry, which is why we’re delighted by the decision in favour of Stuttgart. As a systems supplier for the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and medical technology, this is the right location for us to launch new projects.”

Fabian Trippe, Sales Director, Crosslink GmbH

“Compared to our expectations based on the late trade fair date, we’re highly satisfied with COMPOSITES EUROPE – from customer contacts to sales, everything was perfect. The trade fair is wonderfully positioned and matches our target audience perfectly. It’s an attractive platform with an interesting network for us. Here we meet exactly those companies we want to reach out to with our machines.”

Thomas Schwarz, Marketing Director, GUNNAR / Weissenberger AG

“COMPOSITES EUROPE is important for us to meet our existing customers. We managed to do this again this time here in Düsseldorf: we had important discussions and excellent contacts with our existing customers. Now we look forward to Stuttgart and can’t wait to see how the trade fair develops at this permanent location.”

Daniel Stumpp, Head of Global Marketing, SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG

„Beside being a perfectly organised show, the COMPOSITES EUROPE is – for us – an important exhibition with a lot of potential, which is not yet exhausted here in Düsseldorf. Therefore we greatly appreciate the permanent move to Stuttgart as we believe that this is the place to be for the Composites sector. Our extremely positive experience from the Stuttgart editions proof that. We can’t wait to be there in 2017.”

Walter Giuliani, Sales Manager, Belotti S.p.A.

 

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