Together for diversity in lightweight construction
LightCon, the new conference and exposition (“confex”) is the first cross-material, cross-technology platform for lightweight construction solutions. A growing number of associations and organizations have become partners of the event. LightCon enjoys key support by the German federal government, with Economics Minister Peter Altmaier now serving as the official patron of LightCon. We look forward to a network of strong partners.
Partners of LightCon
Managing Director of Mobility Goes Additive (MGA)
“Lightweight construction offers great potential for making products and processes more sustainable and resource-efficient. 3-D printing is one of the most important implementation technologies, whereby widely different structures and thus savings in material and weight are made possible by layered construction. MGA is the leading international network for additive manufacturing in industry. With over 120 members from the most important user sectors – machine manufacturers, 3-D printing service providers, material manufacturers and R&D institutes – we provide pragmatic support for the professional implementation of lightweight construction ideas. As LightCon partners, our goal is to advance industrial lightweight construction by means of additive manufacturing.”
Dr. Harald Cremer
Dr. Harald Cremer, Cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW
“From research and development, raw material production and processing and on through to mechanical engineering and recycling, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s lightweight players cover every conceivable type of material and the entire value-added chain for lightweight construction, and this is unique throughout Europe in terms of scope, density and the quality of our state’s offerings. In particular, the cross-material, cross-technology and cross-industry character of LightCon sets a new innovative standard for the entire lightweight construction sector in Germany, and NMWP.NRW is very happy to support this.”
President of the German Massive Forming Association (Industrieverband Massivumformung)
“Since 2013, the Massive Lightweight Construction Initiative, a cooperation between the German Massive Forging Industry Association and the Steel Institute VDEh, has been working on the lightweight design potential of massively formed components in the powertrain and chassis of various vehicle types under the heading of ‘massive lightweight construction’. Weight savings in the vehicle lead to a variety of positive effects such as reduced CO2 emissions, enhanced driving dynamics, conservation of resources and improved driving safety – and are a decisive factor for the introduction of eMobility. That is why we support the idea of a LightCon as a platform for different approaches leading to a common goal: making life lighter and more sustainable.”
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler
Spokesman of the Executive Committee of Composites United e. V.
“As a platform for cross-material and cross-industry lightweight design in Germany with international appeal, the second LightCon will take place after a very successful premiere in 2022. Together with Deutsche Messe AG as a strong partner, we have developed a groundbreaking event format that facilitates cross-industry exchange not only in the field of composites but in the entire world of lightweight design.”
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Prof. Dr. Karl Ulrich Kainer
Helmholtz Center Geesthacht, former Head of the Magnesium Innovation Center and IMA
“Lightweight design across various materials and industries requires an annual platform with international appeal. LightCon gives us the chance to leverage the established international event concepts of our two founding associations and apply them to the field of lightweight construction in its entirety while establishing a new, groundbreaking format in partnership with the experts at Deutsche Messe.”
Managing Director of the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL)
Peter Kettler, Managing Director of the Lightweight Construction Interest Group (igeL):
“Lightweight construction is becoming increasingly important in the field of furniture and interior work. First, there is the weight reduction for mobile interior work. But a significant reduction of up to 50 percent in the use of wood for equivalent or even better qualities with additional benefits like functional integration or transport handling for Internet shipping is also a further argument in favor of lightweight construction. Thanks to a comprehensive network of experts, igeL members will be able to make an important contribution to achieving green goals. As a conference/exposition, LightCon offers a balanced platform for a cross-material showcases, and we are delighted to be supporting it.”
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