Premiere 1: "Industry meets Science" to enhance Product Demonstration Area
Thanks to the new special area entitled "Industry meets Science", Composites Europe enables visitors to "grasp" – in both senses of the word – the latest developments and highlights from process engineering, dimensioning and quality assurance. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University and additional partner institutes will be responsible for implementing this special area, which focusses heavily not just on traditional thermoset materials and thermoplastic composites but also on innovative matrices such as polyurethane and thermoplastics polymerising in situ. Numerous demonstration components and tours of selected highlights complete the range of offerings at “Industry meets Science”, which is intended as an enhancement of the Product Demonstration Area (PDA).
Please do touch! At the Product Demonstration Area, a visitor highlight at every Composites Europe, the trade fair gathers new high-tech products and brings to life the development of composites components in live presentations. Exhibitors will include Euro-RTM-Group, Büfa, RH Schneidtechnik, 3D Core and Dresden University of Technology.
Premiere 2: the "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: focus on innovative production processes, recycling and the materials mix
Composites Europe will kick off with the International AVK Conference, which will once again bring together in Düsseldorf 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: Aluminium
The leading international trade fair Aluminium will take place concurrently with Composites Europe in Düsseldorf from 7 to 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.