Event of the year: International Composites Congress (ICC)

  • 350 visitors, more than 30 technical lectures
  • Speakers from AUDI, BMW, Engel, Fraunhofer, Airbus, BA Composites
  • Awarding of prestigious AVK Innovation Awards

The 1st International Composites Congress (ICC) organised by the trade association Composites Germany was a complete success. Nearly 350 visitors participated in the inaugural event in Stuttgart, which featured more than 30 technical lectures and a panel discussion with leading experts. Their objective: to identify potential breakthrough applications for fibre reinforced composites using traditional and high performance techniques, especially in high wage countries. The USA was the partner country of the ICC this year. The next ICC will take place on 28/29 November 2016 in Düsseldorf.

Awarding of prestigious AVK Innovation Awards

  • Modular system for mixed-water sewage systems
  • Shock absorption crossbeam made from plastic
  • Shape-adapting CRP side impact beam

At the event, the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics (AVK) has presented its 2015 Innovation Awards in three categories. The winner of the category Products and Applications was Hobas Engineering GmbH with a modular system for the calculation of mixed-water sewage systems. In Processes and Methods the most persuasive company was Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH which impressed the jury with its plastic shock absorption crossbeam. In the third category, Research and Science, the winning product was a shape-adapting CRP impact beam, developed by the Chair in Carbon Composites, Munich Technical University, together with its partners.

More than 30 technical lectures

The presentations from renowned international speakers, subdivided into the categories Process Technologies, Applications, Cooperations, Recycling, Innovations, Education and Standards, included, among others:

  • Ultracom – Thermoplastic Composites System – Fiber orientation decides upon cost efficient lightweight design
    Oliver Geiger (BASF SE)
  • Tailored Fiberplacement LFT-D – Flexible and economical process for the mass production of hybrid lightweight composites
    Matthias Graf (Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau)
  • STAXX Technology – Fiber Placement in High Volume Production
    Dr. Matthias Meyer (BA Composites GmbH)
  • Open Hybrid LabFactory – Integrated production technologies for multi-material parts
    Peter Egger (Engel Austria GmbH) & Prof. Klaus Dröder (TU Braunschweig)
  • MAI qfast – Assessment and direct comparison of various fiber reinforced systems based on generic structures
    Dr. Julius Rausch (AUDI AG)
  • High-volume capable production of hybrid thermoset/thermoplastic composites by photonic-enabled intrinsic joining
    Dr. Martin Schneebauer (KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH) & Dr. Kai Fischer (Aachen Center for integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) & Dr. Jan Both (BMW Group)
  • Cost-efficient preforming as leading process step to achieve a holistic and profitable RTM product development
    Prof. Frank Henning (Fraunhofer ICT)
  • Flexible and Reproducible Automized Composite Production with Braiding
    Guido Grave, Dr. Janpeter Horn (August Herzog Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG) & Felix Fröhlich (Munich Composites GmbH)
  • Advances in Waterjet Trimming of CFRP Parts
    Dr. Mohamed Hashish (Flow International Corporation)
  • Tailored thermoplastic composite inserts for hybrid moulding
    Peter Boer (Cato Composite Innovations)
  • Cost-effective manufacturing of integrated thermoset CFRP designs based on thermoplastic diffusion 
    Dr. Frank Weiland (Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH)
  • Sustainability of fiber-reinforced sleepers made of recycled plastic
    Julia Hartl (SKZ – Das Kunststoff Zentrum)
  • Thermoplastic Composites for mass production: New materials, new chances
    Dr. Dirk Bonefeld (Bond Laminates GmbH)
  • Revolution of Electronic with the environmentally friendly technology
    Brian Hall (Dongguan Xin Xiu Electronics Co. Ltd.)
  • Moving to Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive structural parts
    (Virginia Bozsak) Arkema
  • New thermoplastic composite solutions to make Automotive lightweighting a reality
    Warden Schijve (Sabic)
  • Weight saving potential of thermoplastic unidirectional composites in the passenger door of a car
    Harold van Aken (Code Product Solutions)
  • Composites in Oil & Gas : Growth in New and Existing Applications
    Andrew C. Mafeld (Connectra Global)
  • MAI Carbon – Did we come nearer to serial production?
    Tjark von Reden (CCeV- Mai Carbon)
  • Functionally integrated FRP vehicle body structures – floor module concepts in ARENA2036
    Sebastian Vohrer (German Aerospace Center (DLR))
  • LOWFLIP – a new flexible manufacturing process for composites
    Marko Szcesny (Universität Stuttgart)
  • How Pultrusion can be unchained
    Dr. Klaus Jansen (Thomas Technik + Innovation)
  • BladeMaker – the Integrated Production System for evaluation and demonstration of industrialized manufacturing of large composite structures
    Christian Dörsch (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology IWES NW)
  • Advanced SMC-processing with continuous fiber reinforcement
    Florian Gortner (Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH)
  • 3D-Abrasive circular cutting for trimming of spacially curved CFRP components
    Prof. Wolfgang Hintze (TU Hamburg Harburg)
  • Processing Composites Waste, Status and perspectives
    Dr. Stefan Schlichter (VDMA Forum Composite Technology)
  • Recycling of CFRP: a promising challenge for a delicate material
    Dr. Siegfried Kreibe (bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH)
  • CFRP Reuse and recycling: strategie for material-efficient composite production
    Pedro L. Munoz-Royo (Airbus)
  • Consistent education concepts in the Composites Industry
    Katharina Lechler (Carbon Composites e. V.)
  • Unique International Master-Degree study course at PFH in the field of composites design and processing
    Prof. Wilm Unckenbold (Private University of Applied Sciences (PFH))
  • Overview contribution to non-destructive testing methods in the field of composite materials
    Prof. Marc Kreutzbruck (Universität Stuttgart)
  • Comparison of test methods for gaining material properties in fiber direction
    Dr. Andreas Bleier (Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH)

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