Internationalisation of research, development, training and technology transfer

International trade fairs

At international trade fairs, contacts can be nurtured, new networks can be established and, in the long term, the reputation of the cluster can be enhanced. Visiting trade fairs and presenting the Institute and its R & D are therefore important activities for IKV.

The world's most important trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry is held every three years in Düsseldorf. It is the big attraction for all international specialists from the segment because it showcases the entire range of products and services, presents the latest state of the art, and discusses pioneering innovations and visions for the future.

In 2016, IKV's attendance at "K" focused above all on Industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing.

JEC World is the world's largest composites fair. The trade show covers the complete value chain from the raw materials and processing to the final product.

Together with its partner institutes: the Welding and Joining Institute (ISF), the Institute of Structural Mechanics and Lightweight Design (SLA), the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA), the Institute of Automotive Engineering Aachen (ika), Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University, IKV was represented at JEC World 2017 under the leadership of the Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Design (AZL). In cooperation with the JEC Group, the partners demonstrated the latest technologies and innovations from the field of production technology of fibre-reinforced plastics on the special 300 m² show area, "Composites in action".

For many years now, IKV has been represented at the annual Kunststoffen fair in Veldhoven in the Netherlands. The fair is the largest plastics exhibition in the Benelux countries. Because of Aachen's proximity to Benelux, there is always a lively exchange of ideas and experience, making the event a good example of the cluster's international activities.

At the last Kunststoffen fair on 27 and 28 September 2017, IKV again had a stand of its own. During the supporting programme, Dr.-Ing. Matthias Theunissen, head of the Injection Moulding department at IKV, presented a paper entitled "Lightweight parts with high dimensional stability: Technologies and potentials in foam injection moulding".

Composites Europe, with over 10,000 visitors from more than 60 countries, is an established European trade fair and a business forum for composites, their production, processing and application. IKV regularly has a stand at this annual industry event.

Fakuma in Friedrichshafen is a leading global event for the field of industrial plastics processing. Visitors can find out the latest news on all processes, technologies and tools that are of relevance for plastics machining and processing.

In 2017, the three partner institutes – IKV plus the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology (IPT) and Laser Technology (ILT) – showcased the latest developments in the injection moulding of optical components on the joint stand of kunststoffland NRW.

Plastics in car manufacture dominate a large number of research topics at the Institute of Plastics Processing. For this reason, the big International Motor Show IAA in Frankfurt is a very important event for IKV.

For its presentation at IAA 2017, IKV bundled its research topics in the automotive segment into four main areas, namely: Development of hybrid parts, Solutions for lightweight construction, Product development with complex materials and Process development in injection moulding. IKV scientists illustrated these topics on four "themed islands" with the help of exhibits and presentations.

Hannover Messe is the world's largest industrial trade fair. Around 220,000 visitors and 5,000 exhibitors met in Hanover at the world's largest exhibition centre from 23 to 27 April 2018.

For the first time IKV presented itself and its research on a joint stand with Yizumi Germany. The highlight here was the hybrid production cell, which, based on a screw-based additive manufacturing process for the rapid processing of standard thermoplastics, permits the industrial integration of further manufacturing processes, such as machining or assembly work. The automated combination of additive manufacturing and assembly line production was presented in detail.

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