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This year’s trade fair which was held in Düsseldorf for the first time, from 9 to 11 October, focussed on the topics of automation and mass production. 8040 visitors (previous event in 2011: 7080) and 426 exhibitors (previous event 351) resulted in new records for COMPOSITES EUROPE for its 7th edition. From leading manufacturers and processors of composite materials to research organisations and all the way through to major networks such as Carbon Composites or – for the first time – CFK Valley Stade the industry’s key players were present in Düsseldorf and demonstrated: more and more, the composites industry is developing into a key industry. Far better are the prospects for carbon-reinforced plastics which, however, currently still only account for about 1-2 % of the entire composites market. The global production volume of high-strength CFP parts will grow by 17 %/a until 2020. At the same time, production costs will probably decrease by 30 %. These are the findings of the current study “Series production of high-strength fibre composite components – Prospects for German engineering“, compiled by the VDMA Forum Composite Technology and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and presented at COMPOSITES EUROPE. (10/2012)

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