Germany – Plastics biennial event, the International Colloquium Plastics Technology, is scheduled to take place in Aachen from 28 February to 1 March 2018, hosted by the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University
The 29th edition, themed "Recruiting. Networking. Innovating", is expected to draw 800 experts from the global plastics industry, according to IKV. Reflecting the international flair of the event, all papers will be translated simultaneously into English as well. The research and education institute says the 2016 event attracted participants involving over 300 companies from 15 countries.
The extensive programme includes 36 presentations, offered under four main topics – Additive Manufacturing, Plastics Industry 4.0, Lightweight Construction and Integrative Plastics Technology – in line with the current research themes at the IKV. These talks presented by IKV scientific assistants will cover the latest research and innovations throughout the plastics processing technology at the institute. Also, another highlight are keynote speeches by renowned industry experts, which will lead into the colloquium’s 18 sessions as well as five plenary lectures on the industry and research pertaining to trends and future developments.
Over the two days, IKV will, on the first day (dubbed IKV 360°), open its doors to colloquium delegates and present live research/demonstrations in its laboratories and pilot plants. The papers and presentations, on the following day, will be to deepen impressions from the day before. Here, the keynote and plenary lectures will provide the practical side of the subjects covered and their proximity to industrial applications, while the discussions among all participants will strengthen IKV’s network.
Integral to the IKV Colloquium is the industry trade show in the foyer of Eurogress Aachen, the event venue. Here, companies along the whole value chain, namely raw material producers, machine manufacturers, converters, processors, suppliers of peripheral equipment and service providers will present solutions for the plastics industry and take time to discuss with industry partners.
The Georg Menges prize will be awarded for the eleventh time at the event as well. The prize, donated by the VDMA, PlasticsEurope and the IKV Sponsors' Association will be presented to the person who has rendered outstanding service to the co-operation between the sciences and economics in the field of plastics processing.
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