What visitors to EuroMold 2013 can expect at the mould-making and tooling expo in Frankfurt this December
As the world trade fair for mould-making and tooling design and development, EuroMold brings together buyers, suppliers and process experts from all parts of the globe. This year’s show marks the 20th anniversary of the event and organiser DEMAT is seeking to tap into the growing demand for complete solutions in the market.
Around 55,000 trade visitors from more than 90 countries are expected through the doors of Messe Frankfurt from December 3-6 and automotive is a key sector for many of the anticipated 1,100 exhibitors. To date, one third of booked exhibitors can claim supply and process chain connections with the automotive industry, encompassing areas of expertise from 3D scanning to lightweight construction, rotation moulding, thermoforming and engineering services.
Every year, EuroMold nominates a partner country and this time centre stage will be taken by Italy, which was the second largest exhibiting country in 2012 (China being the largest). Organisers have looked primarily to Italian designers and product developers to present their ideas and services; however, there are a number of other themes on the programme and attendees can expect to see a multitude of innovations, new solutions and products stretching across the process chain from design through prototyping to series production.
In Hall 8.0, there will be a dedicated space for lightweight construction, hybrid technology and hydroforming. Furthermore, included in the programme on December 4 is a forum on tooling and mould-making for composite applications organised by AG Werkzeug und Formenbau des Carbon Composites.
Meanwhile, Hall 9.0 will exhibit technology and applications for engineering thermoplastic moulded parts, with a focus on brand new ways of thermoforming.
Hall 11.0 will become the House of Creation, showcasing sectors including design and engineering, materials and rapid prototyping.
Elsewhere, Design Talents will highlight the creativity of students and new professionals, who will be looking to establish contacts or secure job opportunities.
In addition, VDI/NCG guidelines will be explored with live evaluations of test pieces presented to visitors. The evaluations will be based on seven criteria developed by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and production technology specialists, the NC Society.
Meanwhile, a special Simulation and VR exhibition and forum will emphasise the potential value of virtual reality to process chains and product development.
Also on the programme is EuroMold’s annual award for product development; a retrospective exhibit will feature past winners.
One EuroMold exhibitor with automotive connections is Artec, provider of scanner applications to Hyundai and Porsche. “Automotive production is one of our target industries”, says Artec’s Luba Bordaeva. “We have a lot of car manufacturers that employ our scanners for different needs. In addition to this, we would like to discover new applications in this industry. We are looking for clients in the automotive design sphere, including exterior, interior and car part composition.”
EuroMold 2013 will be open at Messe Frankfurt from December 3-6, between 9am and 6pm daily. For additional information visit www.euromold.com