IKV, the Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, is with more than 300 staff Europe-wide the biggest research and education institute engaged in the field of plastics processing. The IKV Composites department with its huge and modern pilot plant investigates e.g. the extension of modern calculation theories and the verification of these theories. The second research main area involves the development of efficient processing and production techniques. Short cycle times are of major importance for the industrialization of the production. Research within these fields covers new and innovative technologies for processing of thermoplastic and thermoset matrices.