Composites Europe to feature co-located trade fair and conference
In 2019, the Composites Europe trade fair and the International Composites Conference (ICC) will be a co-located event taking place from Sept. 10-12, 2019 in Messe Stuttgart, Germany. Organized by trade association Composites Germany (Berlin) and trade fair organizer Reed Exhibitions (Düsseldorf, Germany), the conference structure has been revised to include the trade fair and lectures as one joint event.
Previously, the ICC — organized by AVK (Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V., Frankfurt, Germany), the industry association for Reinforced Plastics — served as a kick-off event for Composites Europe. This year, the two events will be held concurrently.
This year’s conference themes include Smart Composites (Bio-Composites and Processing Technologies), Applications (Thermoplastics, Thermosets), Markets (New Mobility, Building & Construction), Future Challenges (Regulations and New Applications) and Composites Science (R+D Updates, Young Innovators Solutions). Conference themes will be mirrored in the trade fair with the additions of themed islands, relevant guided tours of the trade fair and hands-on demonstrations in the exhibition halls.
Kicking off the conference program will be a free-to-attend open session featuring market reports, and keynote speeches on market outlooks and trends.
In addition, for the first time there will be a separate call for papers specifically addressing young scientists, including students and staff members at universities and institutions. The selected “Young Innovators” will have the opportunity to share their work through keynote papers and poster presentations.
The event will be complemented by meetings of national and international industry associations, the presentation of the AVK Innovation Prize on Sept. 10 and a joint “Composites Night” evening event held on Sept. 11.
“With this reorganization, we wish to gear the conference even better to the current challenges faced by fiber-reinforced plastics processors and user industries,” says Dr. Michael Effing, chairman of the board at both Composites Germany and AVK.
“With the new concept, we will ideally leverage the synergies of Composites and the ICC,” adds Olaf Freier, event director of Composites Europe at Reed Exhibitions. “In future, the trade fair and conference will give participants the opportunity to find both theoretical and practical information for their specific areas in one place.”
The complete program will be finalized at the end of May.
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