The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University extends a cordial invitation to attend the 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in Aachen on February 24 and 25, 2016. The event, which is held every two years, is again expected to attract some 800 experts from the global plastics industry. In 2014, the Colloquium brought together delegates from more than 300 companies and 15 nations. Because of the international character of the event, all the papers will be interpreted simultaneously into English.
"Recruiting. Networking. Innovating." is the leitmotif of the IKV Colloquium. Scientific assistants from the Institute will speak in 36 papers about ongoing research projects at IKV, while well-known industry experts will underline the practical relevance of the research results for the industry.

Furthermore, five plenary lectures given by high-calibre speakers from the plastics segment will deal with the latest topics affecting the industry as there are additive manufacture, "Industry 4.0" and lightweight construction. Dr. Jochen Kopp from BMW, for example, will talk about the use of plastics for lightweight construction in the automotive industry. Dr. Heinz Neubert from Siemens will look at the additive manufacturing of plastic parts in a digitised industry, and Günter Hofmann from Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann will speak about additive manufacture in mould construction. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, the head of IKV, will open the Colloquium with a lecture on Industry 4.0 and strategies for plastics technologies, and he will look at the subject of additive manufacture from his point of view as a researcher.

At "IKV 360°" on the afternoon of the first day, IKV will open its doors to the IKV technical laboratories and pilot plants to enable the Colloquium delegates to experience the Institute's research first hand. While the machines and testing equipment are in operation, the IKV scientists will be present to answer any questions. The presentations on the second day of the Colloquium are aimed at deepening the practical impressions gained at the various demonstrations in the laboratories.

The accompanying trade show in the foyer of the Eurogress Aachen has always been an integral part of the IKV Colloquium. It offers exhibitors an opportunity to present solutions for the plastics industry and to discuss relevant topics with industry partners. More than 50 exhibitors are expected to participate, and the Colloquium will give them an opportunity to nurture contacts with business associates or make new contacts with experts from the industry.

Another item on the agenda is the award of the Georg Menges Prize, donated by the VDMA, PlasticsEurope and the IKV Association of Sponsors. It will be presented for the tenth time in 2016. The award is made to an outstanding personality or group of people in the plastics industry who have made a particularly valuable contribution to cooperation between industry and science.

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