This is a 10% increase in visitors from the previous COMPOSITES EUROPE event in Stuttgart in 2009. Around 60% of the visitors came from the automotive and aerospace sectors.
Since the first COMPOSITES EUROPE in 2006 the number of exhibitors has doubled, the stand area has tripled and the number of visitors has more than doubled.
Organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland believes the recently announced partnership with the German Engineering Federation VDMA will provide the show with a further boost in 2012.
A brighter mood
A brighter mood in the industry was recorded by this year's COMPOSITES EUROPE's survey with 20% of the companies surveyed expecting a strong increase in demand and another 41% at least an increase. Only 11% predicted a slow down in the market – in the past two years, this figure had been close to 30%.
In the aerospace and automotive segments, expectations are above average. In both these segments around 70% of supplier companies expect a strong growth in sales.
Almost 60% of the companies which came to Stuttgart had specific investment projects. A third of these currently plan orders with a value exceeding €500 000, and almost half plan to invest more than €3 million.
COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 in Düsseldorf
Next year COMPOSITES EUROPE will again take place alongside the ALUMINIUM trade, which is held every two years, but at a new venue. The combined events will relocate to Düsseldorf in place of the previous location of Essen, to allow further room for growth.
COMPOSITES EUROPE 2012 will take place on 9-11 October. More than 65% of the available stand space has already been booked.
In 2013 COMPOSITES EUROPE will return to Stuttgart.
COMPOSITES EUROPE is organised by Reed Exhibitions with the support of the European composites industry association EuCIA and Reinforced Plastics magazine. AVK (the German Federation of Reinforced Plastics) holds its annual conference alongside the exhibition.