Aachen, February 26, 2016 – By focusing on topics such as Industry 4.0 in plastics processing, additive manufacturing and lightweight construction, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University offered a number of important highlights at the recent 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in Aachen. The event attracted 825 plastics experts from 24 nations. The keen interest of the delegates, who came from some 300 companies and institutions, underlined the importance of the event as a global meeting place for the plastics segment. The internationalisation of the industry and of plastics research was clearly visible in the audience. The visitors praised the broad content of the presentations and their technical depth – aspects that make the IKV Colloquium such an important highlight.
The Georg Menges prize 2016 was presented to Dipl.-Ing. Hartwig Meier, head of Product and Application Technology at Lanxess Germany, in the presence of Professor em. Georg Menges himself. The prize has been awarded since 1999 by IKV, the VDMA and PlasticsEurope to people who have rendered outstanding service to cooperation between the sciences and economics in the field of plastics processing. Expressing his thanks for the award, Hartwig Meier said: “I have always been fascinated by the challenge of putting to use in production something that has been created in science and research.”
A special highlight of the Colloquium was the visit to the IKV laboratories and pilot plants during “IKV 360°”. Here, visitors were able to watch live demonstrations of the machines and test benches and find out more about the Institute’s research activities. They also had an opportunity to talk to the IKV research staff about the projects. Another highlight at the event was the official hand-over of the brand-new laboratory for additive manufacturing, which was built as part of the expansion project at the end of 2015.
The accompanying trade show in the Aachen Congress Centre featured the products and services of 46 exhibitors from all areas of the industry. Machine and tool manufacturers, producers of raw materials and peripherals, companies offering instrumentation, control and testing equipment, and providers of software and engineering services showed their latest developments and products, many of which had come about through cooperation with IKV. “The IKV Colloquium has, for more than 66 years, been the central meeting place for innovative plastics companies. The internationalisation of the Colloquium goes hand in hand with the internationalisation strategy at IKV, and thus accurately reflects what is currently shaping our plastics segment. The Colloquium can thus be regarded as lubricating the interplay between science and industry, producing the leaders and innovations of tomorrow,” said the head of IKV, Professor Christian Hopmann, summing up.
The next colloquium will be held on February 28 and March 1, 2018 in Aachen.
Text and images kindly provided by Ulla Köhne, Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung (IKV).