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Plastics in Automotive Engineering

Plastic – Allrounder in Automotive Engineering

Plastic retains it’s major role in a future world of automotive construction. This multi-talent offers suitable and effective system solutions for design and manufacturing. On March 29-30, 2017 in Mannheim, the VDI will be holding the international conference “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”. Leading Experts of this field will present trends, challenges and perspectives of the industry.

Meetingplace for the automotive industry: VDI-Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering“ takes place in Mannheim on March 29-30, 2017 
 (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH)

Meetingplace for the automotive industry: VDI-Congress “Plastics in Automotive Engineering“ takes place in Mannheim on March 29-30, 2017 (Picture: VDI Wissensforum GmbH)

The event is widely known as the most important meeting place for the automotive industry.
With more than 1300 participants, over 80 speaker and around 100 exhibitors it offers an ideal platform to exchange ideas and information towards current developments. The two-day conference will focus in particular on lightweight design concepts for exterior and interior, networking in development processes, sustainability and  CO2 reduction.

Innovative injection molding procedures reduce weight in the interieur. The so-called Slush-technology allows a very high contour precision by the use of melted pvc-powder.
Manufacturers are able to reduce weight in the exterior using aerodynamic sub-parts. Therefore, lightweight design can not only reduce costs but also CO2.
That is why sustainability and recycling are major issues of the conference. The use of recyclates describes second-hand plastic components which are recycled to new plastic parts. In this way, an old bumper finds its new purpose as a wheel housing.

Innovative hybrid modules, consisting of a mix of metal and plastic are increasingly important in automotive industry. Compared to regular components they provide high resistance and little weight. Matters concerning process optimization are also to be discussed. Specialists present the advantages of connected systems in automotive construction.

Top-Themes of the international VDI-conference “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” are:

  • Future world 2050: growth, smart revolution and resources
  • Innovative composite components for premium cars
  • Series-production application of hybrid technology for lightweighting and support structures
  • Two-component injection molding with breathing mold
  •  Aerodynamic optimizations and lightweight solutions for CO2 reduction
  •  Optimized collision simulation for components made of organo sheets
  • Production and testing in the use of engineering recyclates

Facts and figures:

  • +1300 participants
  • +100 exhibitors
  • +80 Speakers and experts
  • Parallel conference: „Plastics in Commercial Vehicles 2017“

Date and venue

March 29-30, 2017
Congress Center Rosengarten
Rosengartenplatz 2
68161 Mannheim

A further Highlight of the conference is an accompanying auto show with the latest models from German manufacturers of passenger cars and utility vehicles, which allows attendees to discuss technical points at the vehicle itself. A trade exhibition where raw materials producers, polymer processors and system suppliers invite conference visitors to participate in expert discussions over the object itself.

Your contact at VDI Wissensforum:
Mandy Lange
Eventmanagement automotive engineering
Phone: +49 211 6214-522
Telefax: +49 211 62 14-97-552
E-Mail: Lange_m@vdi.de

More details about the “Plastics in Automotive Engineering” and the corresponding registration can be found www.vdi-wissensforum.de/en/plastics-in-automotive-engineering/participant-information/ or may be obtained at any time from wissensforum@vdi.de as well as from our customer service, VDI Wissensforum Kundenzentrum, Postfach 10 11 39, 40002 Düsseldorf, Phone: +49 211 6214-201, Telefax: -154.

Your contact for press and public relations:

Thomas Frohn
Telefon: +49 211 6214-641
Telefax: +49 211 6214-97641
E-Mail: wf-presse@vdi.de

About us:

The “VDI Wissensforum GmbH” located in Düsseldorf is one of the leading specialists for further education and advanced training for engineers, senior and executive managers and  specialized personnel in the technical environment for more than 50 years. We operate and handle more than 1,500 events per year. The subjects cover all of the relevant branches of the industry. Our portfolio includes special trade fairs, congresses, expert conferences, technical fora, seminars and certified advanced training courses. Permanent market screening and analysis, an immense network of experts and VDI’s outstanding know-how ensure highest quality standard of our events. “VDI Wissensforum GmbH” ist part of the VDI.
The “Verein Deutscher Ingenieure” (VDI)  [engl. Association of German Engineers] is one of the largest technical-scientific associations in Europe. Throughout the years, the VDI has successfully expanded its activities nationally and internationally to foster and impart knowledge about technology-related issues. As a financially independent, politically unaffiliated and non-profit organization the VDI is recognized as the key representative of engineers both within the profession and in public.