Composites Europe 2018 - the Lightweight Path to Success

"Process Live" moves manufacturing chain centre-stage

The new "Process live" exhibition area showed that the industry is becoming increasingly successful in automating and shortening production processes with technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain. Here, companies from mechanical and plant engineering industries presented coordinated processing and manufacturing processes. An example of this was the live demonstration by cutting specialist Gunnar (Switzerland), composite automation expert Airborne (Netherlands) and gripping system supplier Schmalz (Germany), who jointly presented the entire production and processing chain with reliable processes from the roll material to the finished layer structure of a fibre composite component in a combined production cell. The interlocking hardware components are completely interconnected on the software side. "Cooperation between processors is becoming ever closer. These cooperations within the process chain are accelerating the growth of the Composites industry. We want to make this clear with our new 'Process live' format," says Olaf Freier, Event Director of Composites Europe.

In future Composites Europe will be jointly located with Foam Expo Europe

From 2019 Foam Expo Europe, the trade fair and conference for the supply chain for industrial foam production, and Composites Europe, the European Trade Fair and Forum for Composites, Technology and Applications, will take place concurrently in Stuttgart. This was announced by the two organisers - Smarter Shows and Reed Exhibitions.

Together, the two fairs combine the technologies and applications of composite materials with the entire foam production supply chain. The concurrent trade fair dates at the Stuttgart location offer synergies above all for the joint application industries such as automotive, aviation, the construction sector and the sports and leisure industry. Visitors will find a wide range of lightweight construction materials and processing technologies.

Composites Europe 2018

Starting in 2019, Foam Expo Europe will be held in parallel with Composites Europe for the first time

Foam Expo Europe, which celebrated its premiere this year, presents the entire foam supply chain and is the marketplace for manufacturers and buyers of industrial foams, foam products and services. The exhibition will focus on moulded, rigid and flexible foam solutions, including raw materials, chemicals, equipment and machinery.

Together, the two trade fairs will link the technologies and applications of composite materials with the entire foam production supply chain. After all, many materials from both worlds are based on polyurethane (PUR). The concurrent dates in Stuttgart offer great synergy potential, especially for joint application industries such as automotive, aviation, construction and the sports and leisure industries.

International Composites Congress (ICC) to sport new concept from 2019

From 2019, the International Composites Congress (ICC) will also feature a new concept. The ICC, which had traditionally been the opening event of Composites Europe, will in future be organised jointly by Reed Exhibitions and the Composites Germany trade association. As a result of this, there will be an integrative overall concept that will bring the trade fair and congress closer together.

The forthcoming Composites Europe in Stuttgart will be held from 10 to 12 September 2019.

Source: Reed Exhibitions


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