36 presentations from IKV's scientific assistants and 18 keynote speeches from industry experts provided the delegates with a comprehensive overview of current innovations, new production processes, product development methods and corporate strategies in plastics technology. The lead topics at IKV, namely Additive Manufacturing, Integrative Plastics Technology, Lightweight Technologies and Plastics Industry 4.0, created a clear framework for the conference program. Accordingly, the five plenary lectures from industry and research were also dedicated to these fields of research.
With over 870 visitors and 261 participating companies and institutions, the expectations regarding the number of attendees was even exceeded. Visitors came from 17 nations, which clearly underlines the international character of the Colloquium as a worldwide meeting place for the plastics segment. The industrial exhibition taking place in parallel to the 29th International Colloquium Plastics Technology was also optimally positioned with more than 50 exhibitors.
We would like to thank all participants, exhibitors and members who made this event such a great experience. The next International Colloquium Plastics Technology, which will take place on March 11 and 12, 2020, will be special: For the 30th time, the plastics world will be meeting at the Colloquium in Aachen. At the same time, in 2020 we will be celebrating IKV's 70th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of RWTH Aachen University. We look forward to welcoming you to Aachen at the next Colloquium and celebrating these anniversaries with you.
The 30th International Colloquium Plastics Technology will take place 11 - 12 March 2020.
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The programme for the International Colloquium on Plastics Technology 2020 is currently being planned. Until the new programme is published, the 2018 programme will give you an impression of the scope and versatility of the event.
Please note that the conference language is German. All lectures will be simultaneously translated into English.