INTERSCHUTZ postponed by one year – new date in June 2021

INTERSCHUTZ, which was scheduled for June 2020, will be postponed by one year. This is the mutual decision of the organizers and partners of the world’s leading trade fair for fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security. The reason is the coronavirus, which directly affects both exhibitors and visitors of INTERSCHUTZ and requires them to be available for duty at other locations. INTERSCHUTZ will now take place from 14 to 19 June 2021 in Hannover.

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Hannover. About three months before the actual start of the event, it is now certain that the next INTERSCHUTZ will take place in summer 2021. “The people who under ordinary conditions would have come to INTERSCHUTZ in June this year are precisely those who are most needed due to the coronavirus crisis,” says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board, Deutsche Messe AG. “As INTERSCHUTZ, we are part of the industry. With our decision, we therefore take responsibility and provide security in planning”. More than 150,000 visitors from all over the world attend INTERSCHUTZ. However, in times of pandemic, helpers and rescuers are needed to maintain supplies and security. The same applies to exhibiting emergency aid organizations or authorities with security tasks whose capacities are needed elsewhere. But also exhibitors from the industry are directly or indirectly involved in the crisis situation, such as manufacturers of protective equipment, suppliers of digital deployment technology or even vehicle manufacturers whose customers cannot or are not allowed to visit a trade fair in this situation. “We were on an excellent path – and we are aiming for a strong INTERSCHUTZ,” says Gruchow. “Under the current conditions, however, this is not possible. We therefore would like to wish all the players and the entire INTERSCHUTZ community all the best and every strength for the tasks ahead. We will see each other in Hannover in June 2021, where we will have the opportunity to take a detailed and analytical look at the pandemic – and what we can learn from it”.

Postponing a trade fair on the scale of INTERSCHUTZ has an enormous number of organizational consequences. The 29th German Firefighters’ Day will also be postponed until next year: “The synergy between the trade fair and the top firefighters’ meeting is important to us – the postponement is a joint decision,” explains Hermann Schreck, permanent representative of the President of the German Firefighters’ Association (DFV). The most important questions arising from such a postponement for exhibitors and visitors of INTERSCHUTZ will be published in an FAQ on the INTERSCHUTZ homepage. Further questions will be clarified via the usual communication channels.

INTERSCHUTZ has a network of strong partners who have also voted for a postponement and who will now work with Deutsche Messe to set the course for a successful event in June 2021.

Dirk Aschenbrenner, President of the German Fire Protection Association (vfdb):
“vfdb as a strong supporter of INTERSCHUTZ welcomes the decision. As a network of experts for protection, rescue and security, we spoke out without hesitation in favor of postponing INTERSCHUTZ after the latest developments. Especially as organizers of the non-commercial segment of INTERSCHUTZ, we know that thousands and thousands of members of the fire brigades, rescue services and disaster control have been waiting for the world’s leading trade fair with enthusiasm. But we also know that they in particular are sympathetic. After all, they will be facing special challenges in their daily work over the coming weeks and months. Our greatest concern is the safety of the population. The postponement of INTERSCHUTZ is both responsible and appropriate in view of the current situation. We are also aware that even if the situation eases, the numerous exhibitors from Germany and abroad will still need sufficient time for their INTERSCHUTZ preparations. As vfdb, we will use the remaining months to process and communicate this event, which is highly relevant for civil protection. As regrettable as the current, unprecedented situation is, we will learn from it. And INTERSCHUTZ 2021 will undoubtedly be supplemented by a further topic.”

Hermann Schreck, permanent representative of the president of the German Fire Brigade Association (DFV):
“We were very much looking forward to the 29th German Firefighters’ Day and INTERSCHUTZ. However, in view of the development of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, maintaining the operational readiness of the fire brigades and rescue services has top priority for us in all considerations. The planning for the DFV’s large joint exhibition stand and the accompanying events will of course continue at national and international level.”

Dr. Bernd Scherer, Member of the VDMA Executive Board, and Managing Director, VDMA Fire Fighting Equipment:
“INTERSCHUTZ is the future forum for the firefighting technology industry, an industry that produces safety for people. In the current situation, this applies even more – to emergency and rescue services, but also to industry. After all, manufacturing companies also face ambitious challenges in economic terms, for example when proven supply chains are interrupted or production sites are affected by quarantine measures. Fortunately, none of this has yet been the case for manufacturers of firefighting technology. On the contrary: We are still in a unique economic boom phase. Nevertheless, or perhaps precisely because of this, we would like to hold an INTERSCHUTZ trade fair in which all forces are concentrated on what makes this unique exhibition of our industry so special: innovative technology and committed people who are completely dedicated to fire protection and rescue services. We look forward to it – together with you in June 2021!”

Michael Friedmann, Head of Group Strategy, Innovation and Marketing, Rosenbauer International AG:
“As a system provider in fire and disaster control, we have been committed to the safety of people and the protection of society for 150 years. For Rosenbauer, the health of all our visitors and partners, as well as that of our employees, has absolute priority. This is why Rosenbauer stands fully behind the postponement of the fair. We are certain that the industry’s leading fair will be a great success in 2021 as well!”

Werner Heitmann, Head of Marketing Fire Brigades and Authorities, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA:
“Our INTERSCHUTZ motto ‘We protect you. At all times.’ also means that we are now acting prudently and protecting all those involved in INTERSCHUTZ considering the current situation. We therefore support the postponement of the fair. The majority of visitors at our exhibit have always been fire brigades and aid organizations. As part of the critical infrastructure in Germany, it is essential to protect the emergency services to the best of our ability and not to expose them to unnecessary risks. The rescue forces must be prepared for action. Furthermore, we had planned a very large trade fair team in Hannover – we also have to protect them. Health and life always take precedence over all economic interests and actions of Dräger. In other words, ‘Technology for Life’.”

HALAL HANNOVER – Event postponed until September 2020

In response to current developments regarding Covid-19 (the coronavirus), Deutsche Messe is postponing HALAL HANNOVER. The new time for the event is 11–13 September 2020. As Germany’s first halal trade fair ever, the event had originally been scheduled for 6–8 March 2020.

“Because the health of our exhibitors, visitors, employees and the general public is a top priority for Deutsche Messe, we made the decision to switch to the September date. This change is intended to offer our exhibitors the earliest possible date where they can present their halal-compliant goods and services and generate new business,” says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board, speaking from the company’s home base in Hannover, Germany.

HALAL HANNOVER represents a new platform for business and professional networking. As a trends-based show for halal-compliant products, the focus is on food and beverages, cosmetics, financial services and travel. The event is rounded off by a three-day conference program, featuring experts from Germany and abroad. While the first day of the trade fair is reserved for trade visitors, the second and third days of the fair are also open to consumers.

“Our thanks go out to all of our exhibitors, whose commitment and trust over the past few months have enabled us to position HALAL HANNOVER in the marketplace,” comments Gruchow. “Sixty national and international companies and more than 40 speakers from different18 nations – that kind of market response makes us highly optimistic about a successful debut event coming up in September.”

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IDEM 2020 is postponed until June 2020

Following guidance from Singapore’s Ministry of Health and to address the concerns of all stakeholders about holding IDEM in April 2020, Koelnmesse and the Singapore Dental Association, the co-organisers of IDEM 2020, will postpone the event to Friday – Sunday, 19 – 21 June 2020.

“The health of all IDEM participants is of great importance to us and we are putting their wellbeing first by delaying the event,” said Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Pte. Ltd.

“We have much gratitude for the understanding and ongoing commitment from our partners, sponsors, exhibitors and conference speakers, not to mention the participants and attendees that have enabled us to postpone IDEM,” he added.

“In light of the current situation, it is important for us to make decisions in the best interests of our attendees, and we will continue to listen to and work closely with our partners to create a successful event,” said Dr Lim Lii, President of the Singapore Dental Association.

“We are optimistic that the current Covid-19 virus outbreak will be temporary and we believe that it is in the interests of the dental industry to resume businesses as quickly as possible after the present crisis has been addressed,” shared Dr. Lim Lii. “We are committed to standing by our MICE industry to provide the support required, and we believe that Singapore’s reputation as a preferred destination for MICE events remains strong. The health and safety of locals, visitors and industry partners remain a priority and we are working closely with Koelnmesse Pte. Ltd to support the continued success of IDEM 2020,” said Mr Andrew Phua, Director, Exhibitions and Conferences, Singapore Tourism Board.

The 11th edition of IDEM, the International Dental Exhibition and Meeting, was originally scheduled to take place from 24-26 April 2020. IDEM is Asia Pacific’s leading exhibition and scientific conference for dentistry.

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Hannover Messe 2020 Postponement

Deutsche Messe made the decision to postpone HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to July 2020 in close cooperation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitors’ Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association).

The Hannover Region Health Authority had strongly recommended that Deutsche Messe follow the advice of the Robert Koch Institute, which includes comprehensive measures to safeguard health when hosting major events. For instance, fever measuring stations at all entrances and not allowing people from risk areas or those who have had contact with people from risk areas to enter the exhibition center. This would have entailed a comprehensive evaluation of all trade fair participants – from exhibitors and visitors to service providers, exhibit builders and catering companies.

Deutsche Messe is unable to implement the proposed measures. In addition, their implementation would impair the staging of the event to such an extent that the event would not fulfill its purpose or would do so only with considerable restrictions for exhibitors and visitors.

Since the health of exhibitors, visitors, employees, and the public is the top priority for Deutsche Messe, the decision was made in consultation with HANNOVER MESSE’s exhibitor advisory councils to switch to the July date.

“With the July date, we offer our exhibitors the earliest possible time slot to present their innovations to a global audience and to initiate business,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Messe AG. “In view of the global economic challenges triggered by the Coronavirus in the first half of the year, the new date offers great opportunities. Thus the world’s most important industrial trade fair can provide important impetus for the global economy at an early stage.”

“The VDMA supports the decision of Deutsche Messe AG. In regards to the current challenges caused by the Coronavirus, postponing HANNOVER MESSE until July is the best possible option,” says VDMA Chief Executive Thilo Brodtmann. “We assume that the situation will calm down in the coming months and that the mechanical engineering industry will then benefit from a reviving business situation.”

“Today’s decision by Deutsche Messe AG to postpone HANNOVER MESSE comes at the right time,” emphasizes Wolfgang Weber, Chairman of the ZVEI Management Board. “As an internationally important industrial trade show, its USP is the gathering of people from all over the world. This can only happen if there are no health risks. Furthermore, it is important for the electrical industry to present its products for Industry 4.0, electrification and greater energy efficiency to the public this summer.”
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For even more circular economy in the construction sector

Buildings and infrastructure are an important, man-made stockpile of raw materials. And—in line with climate and resource protection—this treasure needs to be uncovered and used. The environmental technology trade fair IFAT in Munich presents both challenges and opportunities arising on this path. A large exhibition sector will show the current technologies for even more circular economy in the construction sector.

Construction rubble, road construction waste, construction site waste as well as soil and stones are the largest waste fractions in Germany. They account for around 60 percent of the total volume—more than 200 million tons of construction waste are generated annually. The construction boom, which has been continuing for several years now, “consumes” vast quantities of natural raw materials—and is causing the volume of construction waste to rise further due to increased demolition, dismantling and earthworks measures.

At the same time, the possibilities for extracting gravel, sand and rocks are shrinking. And finally, conservation of resources and climate protection are high on the social and political agendas. “All these arguments speak for establishing a circular economy in the construction sector that is geared towards sustainability,” emphasizes Stefan Schmidmeyer of the Minerals—Recycling and Recovery Association at the Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management (bvse).

Demand for recycled building materials too low

The core element of such a circular economy is comprehensive, quality-assured recycling. In fact, most construction waste materials in Germany are already recycled with recycling rates of around 90 percent. And according to bvse, recycling companies are working at full capacity. However, the sale of these secondary raw materials has proven to be problematic. “While the input volumes at the recycling plants are increasing, the demand for the building materials they produce remains at a low level,” regrets Schmidmeyer.

At the same time, bvse has observed that the disposal alternative—the filling or depositing of construction wastes—experiences substantial bottlenecks throughout the nation. Schmidmeyer: “It is not acceptable that potential raw materials have to be transported over long distances within Germany or partially even outside Germany to then bury them in landfills.”

In order to produce relief, suitable harmonized, legally binding framework conditions for the use of substitute building materials would have to be installed quickly. Pioneering buildings—especially from the public sector—could also further increase the acceptance of recycled materials. In the field of structural engineering, one of these role models is the environmental station of the city of Würzburg, which was inaugurated in May last year. It is the first building in Bavaria that is three-quarters recycled concrete.

Identifying and removing pollutants

Another task: for good marketability, secondary building materials must be free of pollutants, especially asbestos. “Meanwhile, we have the necessary examination methods to reliably determine asbestos in construction waste,” says Dipl.-Ing. Sandra Giern, Managing Director of the German General Association of Hazardous Material Remediation (GVSS). On the one hand, current guidelines of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) govern the investigation and assessment of asbestos in building structures. On the other hand, they define how even the smallest amounts of asbestos can be detected in rubble. “This creates the basis for identifying and removing contaminants from the economic cycle in a targeted manner already in advance of construction measures. And it is possible to introduce separation criteria for the asbestos content in recyclable construction waste,” explains Sandra Giern.

Taking the entire life cycle into account

To further optimize the material cycles in the construction sector, the later usability of the materials used must be considered already during planning. There is still considerable potential thanks to digitalization, because it allows to take into account the entire life cycle of a building—from design and construction to demolition.

IFAT Pavilion and live demonstrations on construction waste

The sustainable handling of waste produced on construction sites has long been a topic at the environmental technology trade fair IFAT.

This year, the top-class supporting program at the IFAT Pavilion will be complemented by various live demonstrations in the adjacent outdoor area. The entire building material cycle will be represented, from the detection of pollutants and selective dismantling to the recycling of building materials and the reuse in road and sewer construction.

For example, the Waste Treatment and Recycling Association at the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) organizes the “VDMA Crushing Zone.” At the last IFAT—and under a different name—this show concentrated on solutions for crushing and processing mineral waste. This year, it will additionally include a complex and realistic simulation of the technologies used for the previously required demolition. The general use of building materials is the subject of the demonstration “Sustainable construction of roads, traffic routes and sewers” by the German Association of the Building Industry, and Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (VDBUM).

Holmatro Rescue Challenge: 29 rescue teams battle it out at INTERSCHUTZ

From Brazil to China, from Russia to Australia – 29 teams from 22 countries around the world are competing for top honors at the Holmatro Rescue Challenge at this year’s INTERSCHUTZ. Which team will be crowned the winner? Which team has the best technique? And which has the best team spirit? From 15 to 20 June, the world’s top rescue services teams will show what they are made of in Hannover, Germany.

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Hannover. The challenge is the same for everyone: to rescue a live patient who is trapped in a vehicle in 20 minutes or less. The top three teams will win Holmatro tools worth a total of 50,000 euros. Prizes will be awarded in the categories “best overall team”, “best technical team” and “best team spirit”.

This year marks the second time that the Holmatro Rescue Challenge has been held at INTERSCHUTZ. On each of the six days of the show, an international panel of experts will assess the teams on a range of criteria, such as rescue tactics, communication and medical and technical expertise. The winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on Saturday, 20 June.

Before the competition kicks off, each team will be instructed by Holmatro in the use of the equipment provided for the competition. Holmatro will also run an expert-level course on extrication techniques for all participants. Then the actual competition will begin with the latest BMW vehicles deployed, thus giving the teams the chance to strut their stuff with the benefit of state-of-the-art vehicles. Each rescue operation will be followed by a feedback round to ensure that all involved learn from the experience. Holmatro’s training area will also be open to attending professionals interested in getting a feel for the latest rescue tools and equipment.

Of the nearly 90 teams who applied, the following 29 have been selected to participate in the Holmatro Rescue Challenge at INTERSCHUTZ 2020:

• Regimento Sapadores Bombeiros Lisboa (Portugal)

• Hungary Fire Team (Hungary)

• Freiwillige Feuerwehr Stadt Vils (Austria)

• EMERCOM of Russia (Russian Federation)

• Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency Revinge (Sweden)

• Echo Fox (Brazil)

• Javna Vatrogasna Postrojba Grada Karlovca (Croatia)

• Hulpverleningszone Noord-Limburg (Belgium)

• Consorcio Bomberos Valencia (Spain)

• West Midlands Fire Service Coventry Red Watch (United Kingdom)

• Brandweer Zone Antwerpen (Belgium)

• QFES Team Cairns (Australia)

• Mures Extrication Team (Romania)

• FR NSW Team Wollongong (Australia)

• Chengdu Fire Rescue (China)

• Corpo de Bombeiros Militar Chapecó (Brazil)

• Miami X | City of Miami Technical Rescue Team (USA)

• SDIS 44 (France)

• Moscow City Department for Civil Protection, Emergency & Fire Safety (Russian Federation)

• Vigili Del Fuoco Italia (Italy)

• Enfield Fire Auto-X Team (Canada)

• Gelderland-Zuid Post Nijmegen (Netherlands)

• Meath County Fire & Rescue Service (Ireland)

• Octava Bomberos Santiago (Chile)

• Blackheart Extrication Team | Miami Dade Fire Rescue (USA)

• Centre d´Incendie et de Secours Rosport (Luxembourg)

• Burlington Fire Department (Canada)

• Technical Rescue Team Hamburg (Germany)

• Brandweer Rotterdam Frobenstraat (Netherlands)

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Enthusiastically received by exhibitors and visitors alike

Innovative, future-driven and trendy – that sums up the run of the micromobility expo which premiered in Hannover, Germany, from 2 to 4 May 2019. Over the course of three action-packed days, the new fair for electric micro-vehicles wrapped up on Saturday.

After-show Report

Innovative, future-driven and trendy – that sums up the run of the micromobility expo which premiered in Hannover, Germany, from 2 to 4 May 2019. Over the course of three action-packed days, the new fair for electric micro-vehicles wrapped up on Saturday. This innovative event was launched by Deutsche Messe in the interest of promoting urban micromobility and showcasing adaptable, environmentally friendly solutions revolving around electric lightweight and micro-vehicles. Over three dozen exhibiting firms showcased their pedelecs and electric skateboards, scooters, cargo bikes, scooters, motorcycles and microcars – vehicles which are all set to change the future of urban transportation. 3,000 visitors made their way to the show for a close look at the latest urban trends. “This response exceeded our expectations. The debut of the micromobility expo was a success,” remarked Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board, at the close of the fair. “The combination of exposition, forum and test tracks has borne fruit. The upbeat mood in the pavilions, the strong interest in the specialist presentations and the large crowds on the two test tracks have all underscored the need for this type of event. We will continue to develop the event format, adding new focal points to respond to the growing market and expanding the rate of international participation,” he said.

Electric micro-vehicles will soon be a part of the urban landscape in Germany. “The thematic thrust and timing of the micromobility expo came at exactly the right moment, given the current political and social debate on the future of mobility – particularly with regard to metropolitan areas. Small electric vehicles should not only be seen as a replacement for conventional cars with internal combustion engines, but also as a complement to local mass transit. The combination of mass transit and micromobiles will provide an attractive alternative to cars and help reduce urban car traffic,” explained Gruchow.

The first two days of the micromobility expo were reserved for specialists. On the third day (Saturday), the gates were also opened to consumers keen on taking advantage of an activity-rich program. In the three pavilions under the EXPO canopy, exhibitors provided insight into the future of mobility, featuring a variety of electric lightweight and micro-vehicles – from pedelecs and electric skateboards to bicycles, cargo bikes, scooters, motorcycles and electric microcars. Solutions for battery charging and transport infrastructures, parking and garage systems, ICT infrastructures, intermodal mobility concepts and sharing systems were also highlighted.

Visitors were also able to try out the microcars for themselves – on two test tracks on the open-air site, with some 100 vehicles available there for testing. The tracks developed into visitor magnets, including first-time users of micromobiles. They were enthusiastic about the range and performance of the mini-vehicles, for which they were able to quickly get up and running after a bit of practice.

Strong interest in conferences and forums

The three-day conference program was also a central networking hub for knowledge transfer and networking. For trade visitors in particular, the program of talks and presentations was at the top of the agenda. The discussions about the redistribution of available traffic space, legal issues and the intelligent connectivity of different means of transportation drew a full house of listeners. One of the highlights at the specialist forum consisted of a panel discussion on the topic “Is Germany Missing the Boat on the Micromobility Trend?”, in which members of municipal councils who drive electric cars themselves discussed ways of creating better framework conditions for electric mobility.

“A new type of cultural change is emerging in mobility. The car as a status symbol is waning in importance. It is now time to discuss and implement intelligent solutions to get from A to B as quickly and easily as possible. To make this happen, we need a large variety of micromobiles such as those shown here,” stated Sabine Flores, Managing Director of Municipalities in the Hannover Braunschweig Göttingen Wolfsburg Metropolitan Region. “The micromobility expo is the ideal networking platform for specialists and an ideal way to educate people and introduce them to the ‘new mobility’.”

The annual E.drivers.only meeting of active electric motorists from across northern Germany offered micromobility expo attendees lots of practical tips on the ins and outs of eDriving. Parallel to the meeting, electric mobilists like Rafael de Mestre – the Spanish electric mobility pioneer who drove around the world in an electric car in 80 days – reported on their exciting experiences.

High-caliber attendees and high-quality talks

The micromobility expo offered exhibiting companies excellent opportunities to generate new leads. Exhibitors were highly satisfied with the caliber of tradeshow attendees and the discussions they had with them as well as the overall run of the show. “At the micromobility expo we had an opportunity to network with representatives from micromobility and politics in some highly fruitful discussions. We were delighted to be part of this new and innovative event and look forward to participating again next year,” reported John P. Hein, Head of Marketing at flash, LMTS Germany, Berlin.

This was echoed by Jens Ulrich Müller from the Hannover-based E Scooter Shop: “The amount of media attention at the micromobility expo was impressive, and there was a lot of interest shown. In addition to existing business partners, we were able to generate new leads very quickly – all of them of very high caliber and informative. Our talks with numerous attendees, many of whom were immersing themselves in the topic of micromobility for the first time, were also highly productive and an enrichment for our own future work. We are confident that the micromobility expo will quickly establish itself as the leading trade fair for electric micro-vehicles. Next year we already have this trade fair firmly in our sights.”

Janik Lipke, co-founder of the Munich-based moovi firm, added: “The micromobility expo exceeded our expectations across the board. This trade fair is representative of the current zeitgeist and is making a valuable contribution to the subject of eMobility in Germany. This has expressed itself tangibly for us, above all through the presence of the media, political representatives and high-caliber trade visitors.”

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Federal Minister Altmaier assumes patronage of LightCon

LightCon, the new conference and exposition (“confex”) is the first cross-material, cross-technology platform for lightweight construction solutions. A growing number of associations and organizations have become partners of the event, which runs from 23 to 24 June in Hannover, Germany. The event enjoys key support by the German federal government, with Economics Minister Peter Altmaier now serving as the official patron of LightCon.

Hannover, Germany. The concept behind LightCon is taking off. As a platform for all lightweight construction solutions across competing materials and processes, as well as for hybrid solutions and lightweight engineering design, the new conference/exposition is explicitly designed as both a marketplace for alternative offerings and seedbed for new ideas, partnerships and networks. This makes LightCon attractive for current users of lightweight construction as well as newcomers to the lightweight scene. For all concerned, lightweight construction is not only a successful means of boosting performance and cost-effectiveness, but also a major factor in achieving the all-important goals of sustainability and climate protection.

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier had this to say about the topic: “In order to further promote lightweight construction as a game-changing technology, what is needed are lightweight solutions that incorporate the entire gamut of materials and technologies. LightCon makes an important contribution to this by bringing together the various players that are shaping the future of the lightweight construction industry.”

The Federal Minister of Economics has officially assumed patronage of LightCon. This comes at a time when the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) will be funding a technology transfer program for lightweight construction to the tune of 280,000 million euros. Apart from the Ministry, other organizations and associations have joined the circle of LightCon supporters, including the German massive forming industry association Industrieverband Massivumformung, the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry (BDG), the International Magnesium Association, the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL), Mobility goes Additive, and the NanoMikroWerkstoffePhotonik.NRW cluster. And the network is growing.

A founding partner of LightCon is Composites United, one of the world’s largest networks for fiber-based, multi-material lightweight construction. “Our goal was to set up a national lightweight construction team,” said Dr. Gunnar Merz, CEO of Composites United. “We wanted to compete for the best material for each specific application. After all, what counts is the carbon footprint – from which free competition between different materials flows.” In so doing, the carbon footprint in lightweight construction always takes into account the entire life cycle – from development and design to recycling. “If Europe is truly to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, then a key role will be played by lightweight construction,” remarked Merz. “With partners from a wide variety of fields and a varied conference program, the search for the best lightweight construction solution is still open-ended.”

Statements by LightCon partners:

Tobias Hain, President of the German Massive Forming Association (Industrieverband Massivumformung)

“Since 2013, the Massive Lightweight Construction Initiative, a cooperation between the German Massive Forging Industry Association and the Steel Institute VDEh, has been working on the lightweight design potential of massively formed components in the powertrain and chassis of various vehicle types under the heading of ‘massive lightweight construction’. Weight savings in the vehicle lead to a variety of positive effects such as reduced CO2 emissions, enhanced driving dynamics, conservation of resources and improved driving safety – and are a decisive factor for the introduction of eMobility. That is why we support the idea of a LightCon as a platform for different approaches leading to a common goal: making life lighter and more sustainable.”

Max Schumacher, General Manager of the Federal Association of the German Foundry Industry (BDG)

“The design freedom that comes with casting metallic materials allows the optimization of lightweight construction like scarcely another process. Cast components are always a fundamental element of the circular economy. Thanks to lightweight construction, castings make a significant contribution to resource conservation and reduced CO2 emissions. LightCon is an ideal platform for networking between the research community, producers and industrial clients at a high level.”

Peter Kettler, Managing Director of the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL):

“Lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important in the field of furniture and interior work. First, there is the weight reduction for mobile interior work. But a significant reduction of up to 50 percent in the use of wood for equivalent or even better qualities with additional benefits like functional integration or transport handling for Internet shipping is also a further argument in favor of lightweight construction. Thanks to a comprehensive network of experts, igeL members will be able to make an important contribution to achieving green goals. As a con¬ference/exposition, LightCon offers a balanced platform for a cross-material showcases, and we are delighted to be supporting it.”

Dr. Karl Ulrich Kainer, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, former Head of the Magnesium Innovation Center and International Magnesium Association (IMA):

“The global debate on climate change is fueling interest in lightweight structural materials like reinforced polymers, aluminum or magnesium alloys and high-performance steels. The demand for reduced emissions from combustion engine vehicles and the implementation of new concepts for hybrid, electric or fuel cell vehicles has led to a growing interest in metallic and non-metallic lightweight materials. As the lightest metallic structural material, magnesium alloys hold great potential as a means of achieving lightweight objectives, namely ready availability, high specific strength, good processability, machinability and recyclability. I am confident that the forward-looking concept behind LightCon – one addressing all classes of lightweight materials and the entire value chain from raw materials to production technology and end-of-life scenarios – will spark a successful forum for interpersonal networking on the state of the market, technology and applications. The conference will provide excellent opportunities for engineers, developers and decision-makers eager to get together and talk shop on the latest advances in R&D, technology and applications.”

Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of Mobility Goes Additive (MGA)

“Lightweight construction offers great potential for making products and processes more sustainable and resource-efficient. 3-D printing is one of the most important implementation technologies, whereby widely different structures and thus savings in material and weight are made possible by layered construction. MGA is the leading international network for additive manu¬facturing in industry. With over 120 members from the most important user sectors – machine manufacturers, 3-D printing service providers, material manufacturers and R&D institutes – we provide pragmatic support for the professional implementation of lightweight construction ideas. As LightCon partners, our goal is to advance industrial lightweight construction by means of additive manufacturing.”

Dr. Harald Cremer, Cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW:

“From research and development, raw material production and processing and on through to mechanical engineering and recycling, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s lightweight players cover every conceivable type of material and the entire value-added chain for lightweight construction, and this is unique throughout Europe in terms of scope, density and the quality of our state’s offerings. In particular, the cross-material, cross-technology and cross-industry character of LightCon sets a new innovative standard for the entire lightweight construction sector in Germany, and NMWP.NRW is very happy to support this.”

The speaker lineup at LightCon will feature accomplished experts from industry, the R&D community and industry associations intent on providing exclusive insight into the cutting-edge options available for lightweight construction. The LightCon conference and exhibition are closely intermeshed, with the keynote and panel topics taking their cues from the best-practice demonstrations and real-world applications featured in the expo part of the event.

For more info, you may visit or contact Mr. Noli Nicanor of ECCP at or call +632 8845-1324.