ALUMINIUM 2018: New topics to meet the future

Global production of aluminium has reached a record high level; the energy transition and the transport sector are driving demand for light metals. The precise trajectory might vary from country to country, but all around the world, the industry is making new investments to gear up for an economy that continues to boom. This positive mood is felt as well at the ALUMINIUM World Trade Fair – even with ten months still to go before it opens its doors in Düsseldorf.

From 9 to 11 October 2018, the Exhibition Centre on the Rhine will again become the global marketplace of the aluminium industry. Spread across six exhibition halls, global players, specialists and young innovative companies will showcase the industry’s complete range – from aluminium production to machines and plants for processing to finished goods and recycling.

The exhibition area will grow to 80,000 m2, more than 80 % of which is already booked. “A clear indication of the current momentum in the aluminium industry”, says Olaf Freier, ALUMINIUM’s event director. “We’re confident we’ll crack the 1,000-exhibitor mark at the upcoming event.”

Special exhibits like the Innovation Areas and themed guided tours are aimed at providing better orientation for visitors from user segments such as automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace and the construction sector. The well-known theme pavilions will serve as points of contact to lead visitors through the structured exhibition halls.

In the new special exhibition area “Digital Manufacturing”, visitors will experience what Industrie 4.0 means for the aluminium industry and what kinds of productivity benefits can already be achieved today by deploying high-performance IT solutions in production.

Another new exhibition area dubbed “Environmental Engineering” will cover water treatment, air filtration systems and oil/oil mist vacuuming systems – and show how the aluminium industry is leading the way when it comes to emerging topics such as energy and resource conservation in one’s own production chain.

Expert presenters from industry and science at the ALUMINIUM 2018 Conference and the ALUMINIUM Forum will discuss the trends and innovations of the aluminium sector. Organized by the GDA, the umbrella association of the German Aluminium industry, the ALUMINIUM 2018 Conference will focus on the material’s future prospects. Exhibitors at the ALUMINIUM Forum will present their latest solutions and technologies covering the areas of lightweight technologies, e-mobility and additive manufacturing, among others.

More than 27,000 trade visitors from 100 countries are expected to attend ALUMINIUM 2018. Boasting a 60 % share of visitors from abroad, ALUMINIUM is among the major trade fairs with the highest level of internationality worldwide. The 20 % share of foreign visitors from overseas was remarkably high at the last event – a gauge of ALUMINIUM’s worldwide relevance.

For further information please visit: www.aluminium-messe.com

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