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Strong conference program for a sustainable circular economy

The motto of the conference is "Lightweight Design on the Path to Circular Economy" and focuses on the global challenges of resource efficiency and climate protection for a sustainable circular economy and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The conference language is English.

High-ranking politicians open LightCon conference

Right at the start of the conference, politics takes center stage. The presence of high-ranking politicians at LightCon and the assumption of patronage by Dr. Robert Habeck, Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection, underscore the great importance of lightweight construction technology for the development of Germany as an industrial location. Opening speakers include Stephan Weil, Minister President of the State of Lower Saxony, and Michael Kellner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.

All topics that move the lightweight construction industry

The two days of the conference will cover all the main topics currently affecting the lightweight construction industry. It is about new material solutions, innovative manufacturing technologies, sustainable lightweight engineering and design as well as solutions and use cases from the user's point of view. The four topics will be played out with different content on both days of the event. The individual presentations will each last twenty minutes.

New material solutions

Presentations on new material solutions and their potential applications will describe, among other things, cost- and resource-efficient production of organosandwich panels, recycling of carbon fibers, and evaluation of primary and secondary magnesium metal materials. On the second day of the congress, new steels for additive manufacturing, multifunctional sandwich solutions for EV battery systems and a self-healing material solution on the way to a circular economy are on the agenda.

Innovative manufacturing technologies

Presentations in the "innovative manufacturing technologies" session will explain, among other things, the processing of thermoplastic composites and the future of lightweight metal parts. On June 2, the focus will be on how hybrid joining of metal composite structures is boosting the lightweight and circular economy. Other lecture topics include 3D printing of high-strength aluminum and 3D printing in medicine.

Sustainable lightweight engineering and design

The session on sustainable lightweight engineering and design will focus, among other things, on the technical maturity of innovations in manufacturing and a computational approach to the sustainable production of lightweight structures. Other topics include additively manufactured lightweight components in automotive engineering, integrative lightweight structures in civil engineering, and the further development of ultralight components in high-volume production.

Solutions and use cases from the user's perspective

The following solutions and use cases will be presented as part of LightCon's fourth focus topic: thermoplastic composites for battery housings, carbon reinforced concrete in the construction sector, additive fusion technology with carbon fiber reinforced plastic, mobile and lightweight hydrogen storage for large volumes, and data-driven technologies in the production system.

Keynotes from market-leading companies

Highlights of the LightCon conference program are the keynotes from market-leading companies: Airbus will inform about materials as a key role for lightweight construction in aviation, Bosch Climate Solutions will talk about the importance of the cross-sectional function of lightweight technology, IBM will speak about sustainability goals and digital transformation, Volkswagen will inform about the advantages of lightweight construction in e-vehicles and Affan Innovative Structures will present the Museum of the Future in Dubai.

One ticket - two events

The ticket for LightCon also entitles the holder to attend HANNOVER MESSE, which is taking place at the same time on 1 and 2 June.

About LightCon

LightCon is an annual international congress trade show that presents lightweight construction solutions for a wide range of user industries across materials and technologies. The inaugural event will be held on 1 and 2 June 2022 as an independent event parallel to HANNOVER MESSE in Hall 19. In the exhibition area, lightweight construction suppliers will showcase solutions from the entire value chain. The LightCon conference is themed "Lightweight Design on the Path to Circular Economy" and focuses on the global challenges of resource efficiency, sustainability and climate protection, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The patron of this year's event is Dr. Robert Habeck, Germany's Minister of Economics and Climate Change. The founding partner of LightCon is the lightweight construction network Composites United.

Visit www.lightcon.info for more information.