First-ever Lightweighting Summit at HANNOVER MESSE


by Shrutee K/DNS

In 2019, the German Economics Ministry is organizing HANNOVER MESSE’s first-ever summit on lightweight construction. The summit for political, industry and R&D leaders, which will be held on 2 April, will look at lightweight design and construction as a competitive factor and explore strategies for fostering it as a key enabling technology. Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, will open the summit and give the opening address.

Hannover. Lightweight construction has been a key focus of HANNOVER MESSE for many years. The difference in 2019 is that it will be on center stage at the all-new Lightweighting Summit. Organized by the German government, the summit frames lightweight construction as a key part of Germany’s industrial policy agenda. “Lightweight means material and resource efficiency,” commented Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier. “We want to promote lightweight construction as a key enabling technology and thus smooth the way for even broader industrial use of lightweight technologies. Our objective with the Lightweighting Summit at HANNOVER MESSE is to facilitate this by advancing the necessary dialogue between government, industry and research.”

The inaugural Lightweighting Summit is expected to attract about 300 participants. Comprising keynotes by top-notch speakers and two panel discussions, it will open at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 April 2019, and close three hours later, at 5 p.m. Deutsche Messe sees the summit as a major plus for HANNOVER MESSE. “Interest in lightweight design and construction is strong across all areas of HANNOVER MESSE,” explained the company’s Managing Board Chairman, Dr. Jochen Köckler. “At the moment, many industries and manufacturers are only just figuring out how they can benefit from lightweight construction. As well as using a diverse range of materials, lightweighting is also very much about innovative engineering and digitized development chains.”

German industry has already made a name for itself with its know-how in lightweight construction, and part of the thematic focus of the 1st Lightweighting Summit will be on how to strengthen and build on that position. The use and combination of various different materials, such as plastics, fiber-reinforced composites, aluminum, wood, and even steel and concrete, are fundamental to lightweight construction, but they are by no means the whole story. Lightweight design and engineering are just as important. The Summit will focus on both of these aspects as being essential to achieving enhanced material and resource efficiency and improved functionality. Lightweighting is also playing a pivotal role in the introduction of digital value chains and thus has considerable cross-over with the other core theme of HANNOVER MESSE – Industry 4.0.

HANNOVER MESSE – Get new technology first!
HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. With its core focus on “Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence”, it covers the full range of digitization solutions for tomorrow’s manufacturing and energy systems.  HANNOVER MESSE will next be held in 2019, when it will feature six parallel shows – IAMD (Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives), Digital Factory, Energy, Industrial Supply, ComVac and Research & Technology – as well as special showcases for startups and career starters, plus over 90 conferences and forums. HANNOVER MESSE 2019 will run from 1 to 5 April 2019 in Hannover, Germany, and will put the spotlight on Sweden as its official Partner Country.

Deutsche Messe AG
As one of the world’s foremost organizers of capital goods trade fairs, Deutsche Messe (Hannover, Germany) stages a rich array of events at venues in Germany and around the globe. With 2017 revenue of 356 million euros, Deutsche Messe ranks among Germany’s top five tradeshow producers. The company’s portfolio features such world-class events as (in alphabetical order) CEBIT (digital business), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and other floor coverings), HANNOVER MESSE (industrial technology), INTERSCHUTZ (fire and rescue services, civil protection, safety and security), LABVOLUTION (lab technology) and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). The company also regularly hosts a number of internationally renowned events by third parties, among which are AGRITECHNICA (agricultural machinery) and EuroTier (animal production), both of which are staged by the German Agricultural Society (DLG), EMO (machine tools; staged by the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, VDW), EuroBLECH (sheet metal working; staged by MackBrooks) and IAA Commercial Vehicles (transport, logistics and mobility; staged by the German Association of the Automotive Industry, VDA). With more than1,200 employees and a network of 58 sales partners, Deutsche Messe is present in more than100 countries.

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