36 lectures by the IKV scientists and 18 keynote lectures by industry experts gave an overview of current innovations, new production processes, methods of product development and company strategies in plastics technology. The guiding themes of the IKV, Additive Manufacturing, Integrative Plastics Technology, Lightweight Technologies and Plastics Industry 4.0 clearly formed the framework of the conference programme. The five plenary presentations from science and industry also dealt with the topics Additive Manufacturing, Lightweight Technologies and Plastics Industry 4.0.
With more than 870 visitors and 261 participating companies and institutions, the expectations of the number of participants could even be exceeded. The visitors came from 17 nations, which clearly underlines the international character of the Colloquium as a worldwide industry event. The industrial exhibition taking place in parallel to the 29th International Colloquium Plastics Technology was also optimally positioned with more than 50 exhibitors.
We thank all participants, exhibitors and members who made this colloquium a great experience. The upcoming 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 the IKV's 70th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of the RWTH Aachen. We look forward to welcoming you to Aachen at the next Colloquium and celebrating these anniversaries with you.
The industry trade show, which took place parallel to the 29th International Conference on Plastics Technology, was optimally positioned with more than 50 exhibitors.
The exhibition also focused on the four main themes of the IKV, which already shaped the programme of the Colloquium. Four satellite booths distributed throughout the industry exhibition gave visitors the opportunity to learn more about the key topics of Additive Manufacturing, Lightweight Technologies, Integrative Plastics Technology and Plastics Industry 4.0 and related research at the IKV. The exhibitors were also able to assign themselves to these guiding themes.
The exhibitors from all sectors of the industry presented their range of latest developments and products, not infrequently created in cooperation with the IKV. Mechanical engineering and toolmaking as well as manufacturers of raw materials and peripherals as well as testing and measuring technology as well as companies providing software and engineering services were represented on the 400 square meter area. For the first time, the entire ground floor of the Aachen Congress Centre was used for the exhibition, which made it possible to provide each of our partners with an attractive location despite the high number of exhibitors.