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Materials at the focus of HANNOVER MESSE Print E-mail
Written by Ananth   
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Hannover: Materials and competitiveness are two sides of the same coin. New materials are a driving force behind innovative industrial product developments and applications. The demands are increasing all the time. For this reason industrial materials figure prominently at HANNOVER MESSE. In this context "Research & Technology" centres on ground-breaking developments, while "Subcontracting" focuses on practical applications in the component supply sector, mechanical/plant engineering and the automotive industry. In addition, "Subcontracting" features a variety of special displays and forums on the subject of industrial materials.

In 2008, the Innovations Centre for Engineering Materials will once again be a magnet for engineers, developers and purchasing experts from all sectors of industry. As its name implies, the Innovations Centre fosters the transfer of newly developed materials to practical industrial applications. Key themes are lightweight structures and special materials for the aerospace industry. An independent team of consultants will be on hand to provide in-depth advice on specific applications. The line-up will also include a network of university-based research organizations. In all cases the goal is to reinforce the impact of the Innovations Centre as a platform for communication and technology transfer.

A further new addition to the Innovations Centre line-up will be the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research (IPF), Dresden, which will showcase recent developments in the area of nanocomposites - i.e. plastics and elastomers containing innovative fillers measuring up to 100 nanometres. In addition, the IPF will be presenting so-called "tailored fibres", which are used for the load-oriented reinforcement of industrial materials.

Interesting ideas and information will be provided by the "Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis der Werkstofftechnik" (WAW), the umbrella organization representing 22 materials research institutes. As in past years the Materials Forum program will be divided into the following sections: SMEs; large companies; materials research organizations; and large-scale exhibits. A different topic will be on the agenda on each day of the show - namely plastics, composites, lightweight materials, joining techniques, and ceramics.

The German Ceramics Industry Federation will be represented at HANNOVER MESSE 2008, as will Technologie Agentur Struktur Keramik TASK GmbH, an agency dedicated to improving collaboration between ceramics manufacturers, users and research institutes. Michael Zins from the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramics Technologies and Systems has observed that users are now placing greater trust in ceramic materials, due in part to the wide variety of best-practice solutions that now exist. Zins: "Ceramic materials are an innovative force in nearly all sectors of industry. In most cases they remain hidden from view, yet provide excellent service."

For the fourth year running Material Trends will be one of the top attractions at "Subcontracting". The special display "International Forum Design" (iF) allows designers and architects to get to grips with the specific properties of industrial materials and to explore new applications . Presented annually at HANNOVER MESSE, the iF Material Award singles out ground-breaking developments in the area of industrial materials.

For the first time "Research & Technology" (Hall 2) will include the special display ExtreMAT. Initiated by the European Union, ExtreMAT is a consortium led by the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP). The 37 participating organizations from 12 countries cover a complete spectrum encompassing basic research, applied research and industrial applications. The goal of ExtreMat is to develop new materials which can withstand extreme temperatures and/or remain impermeable to harmful substances. Potential applications include the energy sector, electronics and aerospace.

The Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) will also be represented at "Research & Technology". BAM accords top priority to plant and equipment safety, as well as economically viable processes. Its aim is to develop and test materials that are resistant to mechanical stress and environmental influences - and to ensure that these test results are applicable to real-life components. BAM also specializes in modelling procedures and in the experimental verification of material fatigue and damage.

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