ALUMINIUM 2018: World’s Largest Aluminium Trade Fair Continues to Grow
The transport sector and the energy transition are driving demand aluminium. The lightweight construction megatrend ensures excellent growth opportunities for aluminium as an industrial material. This positive mood is felt at the ALUMINIUM World Trade Fair in Düsseldorf.
From 9 to 11 October 2018, the Exhibition Centre on the Rhine will again become the global marketplace of the aluminium industry. Some 1,000 exhibitors from around the world will be in Düsseldorf, the exhibition area will grow to 80,000 square metres – a clear indication of the current momentum in 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 semi-finished and finished goods and recycling.
Besides the aluminium key industry, the trade show and its exhibitors will focus on processes and products for the main aluminium application industries: automotive, engineering, building and construction, aerospace, electronics, packaging and railway.
New Topics: Digitalisation and Environmental Protection
Special areas such as the innovation areas and guided theme tours are intended to provide visitors from application areas such as automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, aviation or the construction sector with better orientation. The well-known theme pavilions will serve as points of contact to lead visitors through the structured exhibition halls, including the Competence Centre Surface Technology, the Foundry Pavilion, the Primary Pavilion, the Welding & Joining Pavilion, the Recycling Pavilion and the Magnesium Area.
In the new special exhibition area Digital Manufacturing, visitors will experience what Industry 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.
Technical Education Programme to Deliver Industry and Science Know-How
ALUMINIUM is much more than just the world’s most important trading centre. Above all, it’s a major knowledge hub: expert presenters from industry and science at the ALUMINIUM 2018 Conference and the ALUMINIUM Forum will discuss the principles, trends and innovations of the aluminium sector.
At the ALUMINIUM 2018 Conference with its motto ‘Aluminium – Material for the Future’, the various applications of aluminium currently used will be presented together with possible further developments that will make products in the future even lighter, nicer and more resource efficient. The Congress is planned and organized by the GDA, the German Aluminium Association. Together with representatives from the different sections of the industry, manufacturers of semi-finished products, refiners, remelters and subsuppliers, the latest innovative and future-looking solutions will be presented and discussed. The five sessions and nearly 40 lectures will focus on aluminium markets, plant / processes / digitalization, surface, recycling and automotive.
Exhibitors themselves will take the podium at the ALUMINIUM Forum, which is part of the trade fair’s supporting programme. Over the course of the three-day lecture event, companies will introduce their innovations and successful projects in the fields of lightweight design, digitization, surface technologies, sustainability and recycling. The admission is free for trade show visitors.
The World of Aluminium Meets in Düsseldorf
The trade show is the leading industry get-together for producers, processers, technology suppliers, designers and engineers from the industries that use aluminium. The event is organised by Reed Exhibitions with valuable contributions by GDA – the German Confederation of the Aluminium Industry – and the European industry association European Aluminium.
About 27,000 visitors from 100 nations are expected to attend ALUMINIUM. The exhibitor side is similarly international: Nearly 70 per cent of the altogether 1,000 exhibitors will travel from abroad to take part in the industry meeting in Düsseldorf. Among the largest of the 54 exhibitor nations this year (behind Germany) will be Italy followed by China, Turkey, Austria and Spain. Other European countries as well as North America and Asia will again be represented in numbers at ALUMINIUM, as well.
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