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Composites Europe 2014 presents new themes and special areas

More than 400 exhibitors from 25 nations are expected to present new lightweight construction concepts at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.

6th August 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Düsseldorf

Industrial, Construction, Transport/​Aerospace

From 7 – 9 October Composites Europe, the Düsseldorf trade fair, will once again showcase the full range of fibre-reinforced plastics. In addition, the trade fair will provide an outlook on the future of composites through a number of forums and new special areas.

More than 400 exhibitors from 25 nations are expected to present new lightweight construction concepts, materials, and the latest production and automation solutions at the ninth edition of Composites Europe.

A total of 10,000 lightweight construction experts representing automotive engineering, aviation and boatbuilding as well as the wind energy and construction sectors are expected at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, a third of them from outside Germany.

Composites Forum

Part of the trade fair will be an exciting lecture programme, the international Composites Forum, which will be filled by the VDMA Forum Composite Technology, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) and Composites Europe exhibitors.

Presentations will focus on production technology in composite manufacturing. Among other topics, lectures by VDMA member companies will focus on automation of logistics processes, production of preforms, economically viable manufacturing of thermoplastic structural components and joining technologies for high-volume production.

Industry meets Science

Thanks to the new special area Industry meets Science, Composites Europe enables visitors to grasp the latest developments and highlights from process engineering, dimensioning and quality assurance.

The leading international trade fair Aluminium will take place concurrently with Composites Europe in Düsseldorf from 7-9 October. © Composites

The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University and additional partner institutes will be responsible for implementing this special area, which focuses heavily not just on traditional thermoset materials and thermoplastic composites but also on innovative matrices such as polyurethane and thermoplastics polymerising in situ.

Bio-based Pavilion

Wood flour, cotton, flax, jute and hemp: natural fibres are becoming increasingly important as biocomposites.

Composites Europe’s Bio-based Pavilion, made possible in collaboration with the nova-Institute in Hürth, showcases the advantages and potential of biofibres. In addition to companies from the WPC and NFC segments, enterprises associated with bio-based thermoset plastics and thermoplastics will also be represented at the trade fair.

International AVK Conference

Composites Europe will kick off with the International AVK Conference, which will bring together leading composites experts from across Europe.

On 6 and 7 October, international presenters will lecture on material innovations, production processes, the interplay between various materials, and the right mix of materials. The conference will put a special emphasis on recycling and standardisation, both highly relevant topics for the entire composites industry.

Parallel event

The leading international trade fair Aluminium will take place concurrently with Composites Europe in Düsseldorf from 7-9 October.

The world’s largest industry event for the aluminium sector will bring together aluminium manufacturers and processors as well as providers of production, processing and finishing technology and equipment.

The previous edition of the trade fair attracted 907 exhibitors and 21,508 visitors. Around 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries are expected to attend Aluminium 2014.

www.composites-europe.com

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