AZL Annual Partner Meeting 2018 bringing together 140 representatives of the AZL Network
On 27th and 28th June, 2018 the AZL Annual Partner Meeting took place. This year, for the 5th meeting already, 140 representatives of the 81 Partner Companies from 21 different countries came together for their strategic meeting and to get an overview of the activities of the past year and to define topics and activities for the coming year. In different sessions, the individual partner companies exchanged and networked.
Outcome: Three new projects and studies and outlook on three key topics
The AZL Partner Companies expressed their interest in the proposed upcoming Joint Partner Project “Ultra-Fast Manufacturing of Tailored Composite Blanks” following up the first project to develop a new machine concept. Furthermore, two new Market and Technology Studies addressing “Potentials of Thermoplastic Tapes for SME Injecton Molders” as well as “Composites in Furniture” were presented by AZL and received strong interest.
During panel discussions, the participants identified and discussed challenges, opportunities and potential for the market “Aerospace” and “Renewable Energy” as well as promising technologies and applications for “Thermoplastic Tapes” to define new impulses for future partnership activities.
2-day program with lots of opportunities networking and discussion
The two-day event began in the new office area of AZL Aachen GmbH in the Production Engineering Cluster of RWTH Aachen University. After introducing the concept of the new open-space and exclusive offices available for AZL Partner Companies, the machinery halls of four institutes cooperating with AZL Aachen GmbH were then visited and presented in guided tours.
The rest of the 2-day meeting took place in the Business Lounge of the Aachen football stadium ‘Tivoli’ and included a workshop session during which AZL Partner Companies could update and discuss highlight running Partnership activities. The famous ‘Speed Dating’ presentations were another highlight of the meeting. Each of the 17 speakers introduced and presented the network, innovations or highlights of the respective company or institute. The day ended with a networking dinner in Aachen’s historic Old Town.
The Opening of Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg, Rector of RWTH Aachen University as well as keynote presentations by Prof. Dr. Christian Hopmann, Head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) and Co-Founder of Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) as well as Marcus Kremers, CTO at Airborne International addressed developments in research and composite industry with a special focus on digitalization.
In order to promote cooperation between the individual partners and AZL Aachen GmbH, various cooperation concepts were presented focusing online participation in meetings, vouchers and the proposal process for projects.
You can find the program of the Annual Partner Meeting here.
We are looking forward to the next AZL Annual Partner Meeting on June 4th and 5th, 2019.