COMPOSITES EUROPE

Lightweight construction a strong driver for the composites industry

Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itselfJust as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself. Both developments dominated this year’s edition of COMPOSITES EUROPE

Glass and carbon fibre reinforced plastics are in demand when lightweight and forward-looking solutions are called for. This trend towards lightweight construction is currently one of the strongest drivers for the composites industry.

Just as strong are the impulses generated by the composites sector itself: the major technological advances in the manufacturing and processing chain enables this sector of industry to increasingly automate and shorten manufacturing processes.

Both developments dominated this year’s edition of COMPOSITES EUROPE, held for the 13th time with 365 exhibitors from 30 nations. Event organiser Reed Exhibitions registered 8,148 visitors from 71 countries (2017: 63). The COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair held in Stuttgart in an even year for the first time, followed on from the previous year’s results (8,342). With these figures it underlined its importance as an international industry get-together.

This is also reflected by the slightly higher share of international trade visitors (46% over last year’s 42%). Also striking is the list of companies that came to Stuttgart: nearly the entire automotive industry – from Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Daimler through Ford, Honda and Mitsubishi to Opel, Porsche, Toyota, and Volkswagen – was represented here.

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