Composites Europe is customarily scheduled for the autumn in Stuttgart although with a slightly different name and fresh concept.
The event organizer Reed Exhibitions, which is behind Composites Europe, has announced that the event 2020 will not change the time and place. Meanwhile, the concept and format of the event is changing, what appears to be a response to new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Composites Europe 2020 will be held on November 10-12 under the name Composites for Europe in the Stuttgart Exhibition Center.
The business summit for composite materials will focus especially on innovative start-ups, small and medium-sized companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A total of 200 exhibitors are expected this year.
Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel, Event Director at organiser Reed Exhibitions comments their decision:
We deliberately centre on the D-A-CH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) as the core market and one of the most innovative technology locations and strongest markets for the composites sector in Europe. This market is characterised above all by small and medium-sized firms whose engineering excellence generates important ideas and impulses for the whole composites sector and its buyers all over Europe.
The new exhibition concept of Composites for Europe
One exhibition hall will stage themed worlds according to the application: Mobility / Transport, Construction / Infrastructure, Circular Economy as well as Sports / Leisure. In central locations the lighthouse projects will be showcased on dedicated special areas. The exhibitors’ stands will be grouped around these exhibits.
The ranges on display will be complemented by lectures and keynote speeches as well as by a Start-up Area, where young enterprises will present their innovative solutions and novel products.
A new catering area “Eat & Connect” is established as a central point of contact for visitors to exchange, network and develop joint solutions.
The already long-established and well-known special areas entitled “Process Live” where exhibitors demonstrate their connected machinery in live operation will be continued.
Partners and events held in parallel
Composites for Europe is organised by Reed Exhibitions in cooperation with the European industry association EuCIA and the trade association Composites Germany, a coalition whose members include the composites associations AVK, Composites United, VDMA AG Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies and a government-funded service agency Leichtbau BW that includes over 2300 companies (1,100 from Baden-Württemberg and 500 overseas) and over 340 research centers.
At the Technology Day Lightweight Construction Innovation Camp (9 and 10 November) at the Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Congress, the community will meet in the direct vicinity of the trade fair centre to discuss trends and solutions for current challenges.
In addition to exciting sessions with lectures, there will be interactive formats such as camps with OEMs, round tables or speed geekings on topics such as additive manufacturing, future textiles, international (lightweight) markets and digital process chains for CO2-neutral production.
With open formats away from lectures, we want to enliven the culture of innovation so that the participants can actively exchange ideas and approaches on site, for example on how to find new ways out of the crisis,
explains Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, Managing Director of Leichtbau BW GmbH.
This year Composites for Europe will again be co-located with Foam Expo Europe, the trade fair for the technical foam supply chain. These joint trade fair dates generate synergies for gaining an overview of lightweight construction materials especially for visitors from the automotive, aviation, construction industries and the sports and leisure sectors.
Unfortunately, the largest composite event JEC World was postponed to March 2021.
Translated by Olga Yurchenko