The VDMA has put in place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite materials. Initially, firms from four different VDMA associations have come together to form the VDMA Composite Technology Forum, in order to create a platform for exchanges among themselves, with users and with research establishments. Jochen Zaun, managing director of Georg Sahm GmbH and Co.KG, Eschwege, was elected honorary spokesman of the VDMA Composite Technology Forum at the inaugural meeting.
Lightweight construction is a central challenge as regards design engineering, and composites are the key materials for fuel-saving transport equipment as well as for sustainable sources of energy. The tremendous weight savings made by using fibre-reinforced materials in modern aircraft, for example, make a substantial contribution to reducing kerosene consumption. Lightweight composite materials used in modern wind turbine rotor blades, which are capable of withstanding high mechanical stress, lie behind the success of this renewable source of energy. The automotive industry, too, is looking to make ever increasing use of composite materials.
Representatives of KSL Keilmann Sondermaschinenbau GmbH, D¨¹rkopp Adler AG, Reimotec Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH and Dieffenbacher GmbH + Co. KG, together with the VDMA team headed by Thorsten K¨¹hmann (Managing Director of the Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association) and Thomas Waldmann (Managing Director of the Textile Machinery Association) have assumed responsibility for the Forum£ªs further activities. VDMA Composite Technology will hold a meeting to be held in Frankfurt am Main on 19 November 2010 with a view to exchanging experiences and establishing the future work programme.