Posts Tagged ‘lightweight construction’

Q&A with Mr. Holzner from hmb composite – Blog Interview – COMPOSITES EUROPE show in Stuttgart – booth number 7/F41

September 14th, 2015 | By Angela in Automotive Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, Fiber, Manufacturing | No Comments »

Q: Please introduce yourself. What are your responsibilities within your company Holzner Maschinenbau GmbH?

A: My name is Michael Holzner, I’m the founder and CEO of the Holzner Maschinenbau GmbH and Carbonice(.net). As we are a young company my focus is on stable growth, also a reason why we have a booth on Composites Europe exhibition, to find new partners to pursue our innovative business.


Q: What’s in your opinion a strong advantage of composites in comparison to conventional materials?

A: The really fine thing about composites besides its mechanical properties is, that prototypes can be realized more cost efficient than in other styles, but offers many possibilities that can’t be realized with metal plates for example. In addition e.g carbon composites look impressive if they are clear coated – an eye catcher – what is in many cases important as prototypes should persuade customers, or should demonstrate the innovative power of a company.

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Q&A with Dirk Stübel, Sales Manager for Composites, P-D Glasseiden GmbH Oschatz.

September 20th, 2013 | By Thorsten Holtz in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Business, Design, Fiber, Innovation | No Comments »

Q: Please introduce yourself. What are your responsabilities within your company?
A: I´m now 5 years with P-D. My responsibility is in Sales for Carbon fibers and Glass fibers. P-D main focus is on Aerospace, Wind Energy, Automotive, Sports and Marine.
And in some cases industrial moulding. My personal focus are Aerospace industries suppliers.

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Friday interview with Daniel Berhorn de Pinho and Elias Kaier – Akademsiche Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V.

September 6th, 2013 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Innovation, Sports industry | No Comments »

Interview with Daniel Berhorn de Pinho (DB) and Elias Kaier (EK) from Akademsiche Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V.

Akademische Fliegergruppe is a student association. Meet them at the show!

1. Please introduce yourself. What are your responsibilities at Akademische Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V?

DB: My name ist Daniel Berhorn de Pinho, I am a mechanical engineering student at the University of Stuttgart and the Chairman of the Akademische Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V.

2. Could you give us a quick overview of Akademische Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V.?

EK: The Akademische Fliegergruppe Stuttgart e.V. (or Akaflieg Stuttgart) is an Association of Students of the University of Stuttgart. We develop, construct and fly aircraft, mainly Sailplanes. In the Akaflieg students get the chance to apply the theory they learn in the university to an actual project, getting the practical knowlegde that usually comes up short in the course of study.















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Q&A with Kamal Al-Rawi, Carbon fibre professional based in Bavaria. I met him in Dusseldorf at main entrance of COMPOSITES EUROPE show and won him for a short interview about his business.

Oktober 10th, 2012 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Exhibitors, Technology | No Comments »

Low cost – High quality fabrics which is meeting clients demand.

Q) What´s your role at TK-Industries?
A) I am CEO of TK-Industries. We are doing noncrimp carbon fiber fabric from industrial type carbon fiber tows. It is used for non-aerospace applications – Automotive, Wind Energy, Marine and many other applications which requesting high quality fabric with economy prices.
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Interview with Gerhard Stähler – recruiting specialist.

Oktober 9th, 2012 | By Thorsten Holtz in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Business, Recruiting | No Comments »

Q) Whats your role with Kaiser Stähler Executive Search Company?
A) I am CEO of Kaiser Stähler, an international network of consultants, specialized in recruiting management and specialist functions engineers in manufacturing and chemical industry oriented also in aluminum und composites industry. We are exhibitor at COMPOSITES EUROPE and ALUMINIUM since 2009.

Q) What do you think is the challenge for composites and aluminum industry?
A) Position the companies as branded employers in a highly competitive environment.
The war for talents has started. Especially in the field of high qualified engineers. In marketing you´re looking how to approach your international clients, same should be for your employees – even if you are an European company you should recruit on a worldwide base, social networks and worldwide acting database will help in this respect.
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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 Maximilian Hacker, owner of BRComposites at the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011

Oktober 17th, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Boatbuilders, Business, Composite production, COMPOSITES Forum, Construction Industry, consulting, Design, Engineering, Exhibitors, General, Innovation, Sports industry, Technology | No Comments »


Maximilian Hacker is 25 years old and the owner of BRComposites. He absolved his training as procedural mechanics of plastic and rubber technology, specialized in fibre composites.

 Activities previous to his self-employment:

  1. Fischer & Entwicklung Landshut
  2. Pilatus Aircraft Schweiz
  3. Company with Formel 1 experience   (company name is not mentioned because of legal reasons)


MH: Maximilian Hacker

CE: Please introduce yourself. Who are you and what is your responsibility at BRComposites?

MH: BRComposites has exists for two years now. We are a young and very innovative company with a continuous strong growth. Furthermore, we think that  well-trained employees and to the original rules of craftsmanship are very important.

I am proud to say that we are already training employees. In my opinion there is still a lack of skilled workers in the composites industry.

We develop and offer individual production to our customers. Productions up to 10,000 standard parts are easily possible. In this way the volume of production is growing. Our production is done without autoclaves and everything is hand-made.
















CE: So how did you experience the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011 show? What are your impressions?

MH: This is the first time for BRComposites as an exhibitor at the COMPOSITES EUROPE. Actually we have been planning the first exhibition in 2016. At least that has been the conclusion of a family dinner. However, by coincidental, I got a phone call from the COMPOSITES EUROPE team the next day. During this conversation I received information about a funding possibility through BMWi. Because of the funding possibility and the sponsoring by Jost Chemicals, which is a close partner, we decided to book a booth for the COMPOSITES EUROPE 2011.

Mr. Hacker was reacting spontaneously when we asked him about his feelings as participant of the CE 2011. He was euphorically describing the exhibition as gigantic. The company had a huge success, a great number of good meetings and contacts. The booth was constantly busy because so many visitors were interested in their products. In his opinion, the exhibition service and the whole organisation was very commendable.

We closed the interview by talking about the presentation of innovations brought by BRC.

BRComposites presented flexible carbon protectors which is already used e.g. by the v. The jacket (have a look at the picture) in the background is specially made for extreme mountainbikers and is equipped with flexible carbon protectors. All visitors have been wondering what kind of material this is. However, we could not get any detailed information.

Thank you so much for the interesting and open conversation with Mr. Hacker.

Expansion of renewable energies creating boom in composites

August 31st, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Architecture, Business, Construction Industry, Design, Electronics, Engineering, Innovation, Technology, Wind Energy Industry | No Comments »

Done and dusted. The German government’s decision to withdraw from nuclear energy has also paved the way for the development of renewable forms of energy. The proportion of electricity generation from renewable sources is expected to rise to at least 80 percent by 2050. Wind energy is planned to play a major role in this. Last year the sector contributed 7.9 percent to the total amount of electricity generated in Germany.

The energy policy of the German government includes giving greater support to offshore wind farms. The remuneration for this power is to be raised to 15 cents per kilowatt hour. Operators of onshore wind turbines will continue to receive up to 10.2 cents per kilowatt hour. 0.5 cents are paid for power from new wind parks if the old equipment went online before 2002. The new turbine should also deliver twice the amount of power than the old one.

Example of how the crystal structure could be used in the rotor blade of a wind turbine. (Photo: Wüstefeld)

Example of how the crystal structure could be used in the rotor blade of a wind turbine. (Photo: Wüstefeld)

These factors therefore represent healthy prospects for the future of the wind power sector. The manufacturers of fibre-reinforced composites are also expecting to benefit from this development – because modern wind turbines are inconceivable without glass and carbon fibre-reinforced plastics. The organisers of the international Composites Europe (CE) exhibition, to be held from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Stuttgart, recognised this early on and are giving the industry the platform it deserves. Well-known producers and processors of fibre composites for the wind energy sector and the relevant machine producers and suppliers get together each year at the event.

But it is not only the presence of the big names which makes a visit to the exhibition so worthwhile. Jens-Hagen Wüstefeld from Starnberg, for instance, has developed a crystalline structure as a lightweight construction element. It yields an 85 percent reduction in weight, lower manufacturing costs, outstanding rigidity and design flexibility in comparison to a solid material. Starting out with a geometric concept, he made a three dimensional lattice from triangles, similar to a crystal structure. Any forces applied to such a symmetrical grid are distributed optimally to adjacent surfaces and edges.

These lightweight elements can be manufactured to any scale, from any materials and in any form – including those appropriate for wind turbines. The resulting reduced weight of the tower would allow the foundation to be simplified. And the lower weight of the rotor would result in lower bearing loads and therefore reduced wear and greater efficiency in the entire turbine. The reduced amounts of materials required would also reduce production costs. Individual segments can easily be joined together, simplifying both transportation and erection.

Car makers competing in CFRP race

August 22nd, 2011 | By Angela in Allgemein, Automotive Industry, Composite production, Construction Industry, Design, Engineering, Technology | No Comments »

Audi, too, has now joined the race. Following BMW’s deployment of SGL Carbon and Mercedes‘ use of Toray, Audi has now entered into a partnership devoted to the development and fully automatic production of carbon fibre-reinforced materials. In the future, Audi’s reputation as a pioneer of lightweight construction will not be based exclusively on its use of aluminium. Vehicles containing the new material will be marketed under the „ultra“ label.

In collaboration with the machinery manufacturer Voith, the Audi engineers are setting up the industrial-scale manufacture of fibre-reinforced materials for the series production of cars; their main goal is to develop a fully automatic process chain. With series production their ultimate target, both partners are devoting themselves not only to the creation of processing engineering and mass production methods for conventional fibre-reinforced plastics but also to the development of new and innovative high-tech materials.

Audi R8 GT Spyder are made from CFRP (Photo: Audi)

The long flap of the folding top cover and the large rear side panels of the Audi R8 GT Spyder are made from CFRP. (Photo: Audi)

To date, Audi has only used CFRPs in its high-priced super sports cars such as the Audi R8 GT Spyder. The long flap of the folding top cover and the large rear side panels of the recently launched 560 PS version of the sports car are made from CFRP. The material is also used in the modified front spoiler, in the fixed rear spoiler and in the new rear bumper. These components account for total weight savings of 5.5 kilograms.

„Low-fat vehicles“ featuring fibre composites will also be highlighted at the international Composites Europe (CE) trade fair, to be held from 27 to 29 September 2011 in Essen. The BMW partner SGL Carbon will be there to demonstrate its expertise. The company supplies the carbon fibres for the Megacity Vehicle. This is the first time in which CFRP parts have been used in large-scale series production. This takes the company a step closer to producing affordable lightweight vehicles suitable for mass production based on fibre composites – putting BMW a nose ahead in the technology race. This is shown by the efforts of the rivals who are doing all they can to catch up. Take Audi, for example: it has set up an interdisciplinary carbon fibre research unit at its Neckarsulm plant aimed at adapting the CFRP technology processes for use in series production. The sister marque Lamborghini has also set up a research unit for carbon fibre technologies at the new Advanced Composites Research Center (ACRC) in Sant’Agata Bolognese.

International AVK Conference on 26 – 27 September 2011 – programme is online!

August 3rd, 2011 | By Angela in aerospace, Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Awards, Biocomposites, Business, Composite production, Construction Industry, Engineering, Innovation, Technology | No Comments »

This year, once again, the AVK conference is the opening event of the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair, which is an important market place for your business with participants from the every stage of the industry’s value chain from 27 – 29 September.
The presentation of the AVK Innovation Award and Composites Night frame the event and provide an opportunity for informal communication.

The International AVK Conference in the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart has a brand new concept.

In two series of lectures, prominent experts offer their insights into the many and diverse applications for fibre reinforced plastics. In order to reflect the needs of the different interest groups even more closely at the conference, the two series are divided into thematic blocks presented by executives and technology specialists respectively.

The speakers will focus on current developments and innovations in technologies, materials and new processes as well as on the general condition of the GRP and CRP market.
Some of the fascinating lectures include:

  • „Structural lightweight applications made from thermoplastic composites“ by Joachim Graefe, Quadrant Plastic Composites AG
  • „Thermoplastic composites for the A350 XWB“ by Dr. Klaus Edelmann, Airbus Operations GmbH.
  • Dr. Walter Aichholzer of Mercedes-Benz talks about the SMC decklid used in the premium automotive segment.

AVK represents the interests of all companies and institutions in the value chain involving components made of fibre-reinforced plastics and engineering thermosets

In a special lecture block „Research for practical application“ professors from renowned universities and institutes report on trends, comparative studies of materials, series manufacturing applications and the wide range of design possibilities offered by fibre reinforced plastics.
The conference closes with a panel discussion titled „The future of fiber composites and plastics in the automotive sector“ in which well-known participants from the automotive industry and its suppliers consider the current state of technology.

Have a look at the AVK conference programme now here.

You can register online here.