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It’s an (R)Evolution: International CFRP-experts discussed "Industry 4.0 for Composites" in detail at the CFK-Valley Stade Convention

320 participants, coming from 21 Nations, attended the conference on the topic of CFRP and lightweight constructions on 16 – 17 June in Stade (Germany)

The annual expert forum on CFRP opened their doors for round 320 attendees, coming from all over the word, e.g. Japan, Korea, Brazil, USA, China and several European Countries like Netherlands, Austria and Belgium.

Dr. Gunnar Merz, CEO CFK Valley e.V., opened the 9th CFK-Valley Stade Convention

Dr. Gunnar Merz, CEO and Chair of the Board of the CFK Valley e.V. welcomed the audience and underlined the importance of the international collaboration now and in the future. To strengthen the international activities, the CFK-Valley Stade Convention presented itself this year (for the very first time) wih one partner country - Belgium.

In collaboration with Agoria and sirris, Belgium presented a joint booth at the accompanying exhibiton and their own session at the lecture program. With 1,700 member companies, Agoria is the largest sectoral employers’ federation in Belgium.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Berend Denkena, Head of The Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools - Leibniz Universität Hannover (Hanover)

The major topic of this years convention was focussed on „Industry 4.0 for Composites“ and became introduced by the Keynotes:

  • „Horizon 2020 – Purpose, Structure and Funding Opportunities“ – given by Eva Brockhaus, National Contact Point for Materials (for EU-Program "Horizon 2020") at the Project Management Agency Projektträger Jülich (Jülich) and
  • „Industry 4.0 – Vision vs. Practical Solutions“ – held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Berend Denkena, Head of The Institute of Production, Engineering and Machine Tools - Leibniz Universität Hannover (Hanover).

The professional program with more than 20 lectures was clustered into thematic sessions:

  • Agile Production
  • Efficient Production
  • Belgium Projects (Session Partner Country)
  • Self-Enhancing Composite Processes

International Expert-Meeting

Top notch speakers (from e.g. Fill Gesellschaft m.b.H., KCTECH - Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology, Evonik Industries AG, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Siemens Industry Software NV, AIRBUS) presented their latest developments in the technologies, processes and construction methods of composite lightweight construction both in research and in practice. In addition to all given lectures is an online proceeding with speakers‘ contributions available Interested parties send a request with „CFK-Convention Proceedings“ to info(at)

Also the accompanying exhibiton was strongly attended. 35 exhibitors, e.g. AIRTECH (Luxembourg), AIRBUS Operations GmbH (Germany), Com&Sens bvba (Belgium), Fill Gesellschaft m.b.H. (Austria), DLR e.V. (Germany) and many more were presenting their products and services along the entire value-added chain of CFRP.

The „Company Forum“, a platform for companies and institutes to present their portfolios, was also a valuable attribute for the participants and was provided for the first time at the Convention. Furthermore all visitors had the the chance to meet potential business partners in pre-arranged meetings at the „Match & Meet“. This Matchmaking Event is the new meeting point to establish technology co-operations, partnerships for R&D and commercial agreements.

Bestowal (f.l.t.r.): Thomas Friedrichs (Hanseatic City Stade), Dr. Gunnar Merz (CEO CFK Valley e.V.), Dr. Guido Streukens (Evonik Industries AG)

One Highlight at the end of the first Convention-Day was the award ceremony of the "CFK-Valley Innovation Award". The Award for developments with a particularly high degree of innovation in CFRP lightweight construction was donated by CFK Valley e.V. and the Hanseatic City of Stade and was endowed with 7,500 EUR.

The winner of this years award is Evonik Industries AG for its R&D project: „Composites 2.0 – Thermoreversible polymer networks for composite application.“ Dr. Guido Streukens, New Business Development Evonik Industries AG, accepted the award on his behalf.

Interested partners, speakers and exhibitors note 15 - 16 June 2016 for the 10th expert conference.


Review: Learn more about the CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015 - "Industry 4.0 for Composites“ – with regard to lectures, exhibitors and impressions.