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Industry Supply 2017: Lightweight construction in focus



From 24-28 April, 2017, lightweight construction is high up on the agenda at HANNOVER MESSE 2017. The Industrial Supply halls will be a magnet for all those with an interest in lightweight design techniques and materials.

 - At HANNOVER MESSE's Industrial Supply, lightweight construction is high up on the agenda.
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At HANNOVER MESSE's Industrial Supply, lightweight construction is high up on the agenda.

The exhibitors – individual enterprises as well as specialist clusters – will present a broad spectrum of solutions to (potential) users in diverse industrial sectors. This is particularly true of Hall 6, which in recent years has developed into a central platform for lightweight design solutions and is now the first port of call for the visiting public. "To an increasing extent technological advances in lightweight design are influencing the entire development and production process," says Marc Bicker, who will once again be representing the Lightweight Design Cluster based at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. "The component supply industry, in particular, is developing innovations for OEMs that transcend traditional value chains and industrial sectors."

This applies to new materials, as well as joining and bonding techniques, which, in combination with innovative production and surface treatment methods, are paving the way to entirely new solutions. A unique feature of HANNOVER MESSE is the side-by-side presentation of lightweight alloys, high-strength steel, polymers, composites, foams and multi-material design solutions. "Less is worth more" is the motto of the group presentation mounted by the state of Baden-Württemberg at HANNOVER MESSE. The participating enterprises focus on key issues in the lightweight construction sector – e.g. digitalization, additive manufacturing, hybrid materials and innovative design and simulation methods.

Lightweight design also a hot topic in Halls 4 and 5

Lightweight design solutions also figure prominently in exhibition halls 4 and 5. In Hall 4 the German Solid Forming Association will be presenting weight-saving concepts for cars and commercial vehicles as part of its Solid Lightweight Construction Initiative. In Hall 5 the foundry industry, spearheaded by the industry association BDG, will demonstrate its lightweight construction capabilities. Lightweight alloys and structures will also be on the agenda at the central Industrial Supply Forum, alongside fibre-reinforced composites and polymers. A special Lightweight Construction Guide keeps visitors informed about all the latest developments.