NewsLIGHT#7 | November 2016

Dear Readers,
Welcome to our next edition of NewsLIGHT - the newsletter from the international AZL Lightweight Network consisting of more than 70 Partner Companies from 19 countries and 9 Partner Research Institutes on the RWTH Aachen Campus. We are excited to see several projects and initiatives which we defined together at this year's Annual Partner Meeting, to start within the next few weeks.
In order to address new markets and regions, AZL Aachen GmbH, together with participating Partner Companies, will start Joint Business Development in 2017 as additional activities in the AZL Partnership. Furthermore, the Market and Technology Study "New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastructure" will start with a Kick-Off Meeting on November 21st.
Enjoy reading on the broad activities of our Partner Companies and Institutes and our active and close collaboration, to bring lightweight production forward!

Your AZL Team:
Michael Emonts, Kai Fischer, Michael Effing


News Ticker

 ++++ More than 25 Partners for Market and Technology Study "New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastrutcure" ++++ 12 new AZL Partners since June 2016: ANF Development, Berndorf Band GmbH,Euro-Composites S.A., ENGEL Austria, Gremolith AGHexcelSiempelkamp, SimpatecSintex, SKYiVan Wees, Velux A/S ++++ AZL Partners will start into Joint Business Development  ++++ New AZL equipment: Laser projector from LAP Laser for laser-assisted hand lay-up ++++ New CVs of AZL Graduates available at AZL Partner Section ++++ Business Platforms on Thermoplastic Composites and High-Speed RTM now available ++++ Sponsoring offer for JEC World 2017 ++++ Next NewsLIGHT edition as paper edition  ++++ Online Lightweight Atlas funded by BMWI  ++++ Visit us at Hall 8a Booth A37 at Composites Europe ++++ 


Partner Company's News

Aliancys | Profile


Aliancys is making Carbon Composites Robust and Fast. And: Aliancys, Daimler and Menzolit show new Roads for Collaboration in the Automotive Value Chain. More...

Ashland | Profile


New Ashland brand signals acceleration of corporate mission, organizational transformation and separation from Valvoline. More...

Fagor Arrasate | Profile


Creation of a new Fagor Arrasate Subsidiary, Fagor Arrasate Deutschland GmbH, with newly-built facilities in Hilpoltstein. More...

KraussMaffei | Profile


At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, KraussMaffei demonstrated the production of an automotive fiber composite structural component with metal inlays under series production conditions. More...

Lanxess | Profile


An all-plastic brake pedal with an insert made of Tepex dynalite from LANXESS has been awarded first place in the “Body Interior” category of the Automotive Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). More...

Polynt | Profile


Polynt registered new trade name for all carbon fiber products and announces new production line for carbon reinforced SMC: More.

M.TEC | Profile


Together with its partner, PME Fluidtec, M.TEC develops innovative lightweight components that are produced using fluid-assisted injection moulding (fluid injection). More...


Partner Institutes´ News

IKV | Home

IKV developed an integrated process for the automated production of foamed injection moulded parts with local unidirectional (UD) tape reinforcement and installed UD tape production. Also, IKV and Ford develop load-optimised composite chassis parts and a integrated manufacturing approach for plastic/metal hybrids in structural components More.

Fraunhofer ILT | Home


ILT presents new microstructuring approach for laser-based plastic-metal-joining and uses ultrashort pulsed laser radiation to structure fiber-reinforced components and remove their coatings. More...

ITA | Home

An innovative and economic production technology opens up new ways for composite structures in the European market through the collaboration between Murata Machinery and ITA. More… And: ITA offers an industrial scale platform for the development of individual technologies and preforming process chains. More...

SLA | Home


Recently, at the SLA an apparatus for the measurement of geometric imperfections of laboratory-scale shell structures using high precision laser sensors was developed. More..


AZL´s News

Market and Technology Study | Download the Brochure

Last Call for Participation: AZL Market and Technology Study "New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings and Infrastrutcure"

On November 21st, 2016, our Joint Market and Technology Study on “New Potentials for Composite Technologies in Buildings & Infrastructure” will start with a Kick-Off Meeting. Project partners inside and outside the AZL network are invited to join before the Kick-Off Meeting. The study will comprise application analyses of 12 market segments, investigation of 100 applications, technology analyses of 25 highlight components and 10 detailed business cases. More...

Set-up of Lightweight Atlas

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will launch a German-language Lightweight Atlas end of November. The atlas will link the interdisciplinary dialogue among all relevant players. More...

Business Platforms on Lightweight Technology

Launch of the AZL Business Platforms

The Business Platform Thermoplastic Composites and the High-Speed RTM are now online with unrestricted access for everyone.  These websites offer techology-related partners, suppliers and customers along the complete lightweight value chain represented by the AZL Network. The Business Platforms “Composite Pipes and Vessels” and “High-Performance SMC” will follow soon.

AZL will be represented at Composites Europe 2016 in Düsseldorf, the leading German Trade Fair for Composites. AZL will be part of the special exhibition areas “Industry meets Science” (Hall 8/A37) and “Lightweight Technologies Forum”. More...

Become Business Partner: Joint Business Development and Co-Working Spaces on RWTH Aachen Campus

Within a workshop in September, AZL´s partner companies decided on a new collaborative model for Joint Business Development. The aim is to jointly address new regions and new markets to develop new business for lightweight production. Furthermore, the collaboration within the network will be intensified by co-working spaces on RWTH Aachen Campus. Read on the new services in our updated Partnership brochure.

Follow-Up Projects for “New Designs for Double-Belt Presses” and "Tape Qualification"

Two AZL Joint Partner Projects “New Designs for Double-Belt Presses” and “Thermoplastic Tapes – Material and Processing Benchmark” which were completed this year will be followed-up in two projects: The project on new designs for double-belt presses will start with a kick-off in November with the aim to build an industry-scaled machine according to the pursued concepts. AZL Partners are still invited to join. The follow-up of the Tape Qualification project will address the correlation of morphology and mechanical properties of TP-FRP laminates and is currently discussed.


Workgroups and Joint Partner Projects

In the framework of the AZL Partnership, we work closely together on various R&D topics and regularly meet in workshops and workgroups providing a detailed insight to the industrial and scientific state of the art by industrial and scientific presentations and extensive discussions. Find the status-quo of AZL workgroups and projects at more.


Upcoming AZL Meetings

Workshops | Workgroups | Project Meetings | Web Conferences | Trade Fairs

Nov. 17th:    Kick-Off Meeting | Partner Project “New Designs for Double-Belt Presses”

Nov. 21st:    Kick-Off Meeting | Study "Composite Technologies Buildings and Infrastrutcure"

Nov. 23rd:    Workgroup Meeting | Pipes and Vessels

Nov. 24th:    Workgroup Meeting | High-Performance SMC

Nov. 29th-Dec 1st:    Trade Fair | Composites Europe

Jan. 26th, 2017: 2nd Project Review | "Ultra-Fast Manufacturing Tailored Composite Blanks"

Feb. 21st, 2017:    Workgroup Meeting | High-Speed RTM Matrices

Feb. 22nd, 2017:    Workgroup Meeting | Hybrid Thermoplastic Composites

Mar. 14th-16th, 2017:   Trade Fair | JEC World 2017

Jun. 21st&22nd, 2017: Annual Meeting | Annual Partner Meeting & Partner Networking Event

The following meetings as well as the business trip are part of the new service package for Joint Business Development. The participation is exclusive for AZL Business and Premium Partners:

Sep. 14th-15th, 2017:   B2B Executive Networking Event at Trade Fair | IAA Frankfurt

Nov. 30th, 2017:   B2B Meetings at Trade Fair | Kompozyt Expo 2017

Dec 1st, 2017:   Business Trip | Guided visits to Polish composite companies


Highlight Conferences and Seminars

AZL Partners: Find an overview of upcoming conferences and seminars of the AZL Partner Institutes at the AZL Partner Section.

Large-volume manufacture of thermoplastic composite parts – production and efficient processing of semi-finished thermoplastic products

On November 16 - 17, 2016, IKV will hold its 3rd symposium in the SuperC of the RWTH Aachen University. Main topics are Fibre and matrix materials, Prepreg and UD-tape production, Processing technologies and Shortening of development cycles. For registration and further details click here.

Symposium on tailored carbon fibers and composites in Aachen in March 2017. For more information on the Symposium click here, or download the flyer of the Industrial Research Group.