The Plaza will feature a Speakers’ Corner and a central presentation area. 14 national associations and organizations are contributing their expertise to the Integrated Lightweight Plaza, among them Composites Germany, the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance and the Lightweight Design Initiative sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
“Representatives of numerous sectors – e. g. the automotive industry, rail vehicle construction, logistics, electronics, mechanical and plant engineering, aerospace and medical technology – come to Hannover in search of lightweight design solutions,” says Olaf Daebler, Global Director Industrial Supply within the Hannover Messe team. “We are committed to expanding this exhibit category. The Integrated Lightweight Plaza will offer more than 200,000 visitors a complete overview of materials and processes tailored to specific applications.”
The new Plaza in Hall 5 embraces the entire process chain: plant engineering, production automation, design, materials, functional integration, modelling, simulation, recycling, as well as measuring and testing. The aim is to make the Integrated Lightweight Plaza as vivid and accessible as possible for the visiting public. The exhibits, lectures and product demonstrations will be geared to real-world requirements. This is important in view of the fact that potential users are still unfamiliar with many lightweight design solutions. One example concerns composites.
Hall 5 will house further lightweight design highlights (standalone exhibits and group presentations) under the umbrella of Industrial Supply. These include the Landshut Lightweight Design Cluster and Leichtbau BW – the latter of which is staging a bigger-than-ever pavilion featuring as many as 16 co-exhibitors from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Leichtbau BW’s high-impact, innovative showcase is located directly across from the Plaza.
Industrial Supply showcases a complete array of processes and materials. The juxtaposition of alternative/complementary processes and materials is characteristic of the lightweight design sector. A major USP of Hannover Messe is that it provides an all-embracing – and not just a one-dimensional – showcase for lightweight design solutions.
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