The directive from European Union to reduce CO2 emissions of cars led to direct impact in the automotive industry. Conventional materials have come close to their limits. Plastics reinforced with carbon fibers (CFRP), glass or natural fibers are seen as the key technology to reduce energy consumption. Especially with CFRP there are wide opportunities, most promising in their performance. The big challenge at the moment is to bring the material into volume production and reduce costs to come to automation, efficient processing technologies and shorter cycle times.
The variety and specialty of composites makes them not only demanding but also interesting and versatility applicable. While simulation, testing and developments go on, appearing challenges and innovative applications shall be discussed at this year’s conference about automotive composites.
The event will take place the 3-5 December 2012, in Dorint Pallas Wiesbaden, Germany.