AZL Annual Partner Meeting 2022

AZL Aachen GmbH


June 14th, 2022 | 10:00 – 17:00h
June 15th, 2022 | 09:00 – 15:00h


Tivoli Aachen
Krefelder Straße 205
52070 Aachen


The two days will offer plenty of opportunities and impulses for knowledge exchange and will include extensive time for networking. Of course, the program will again include technology and market impulses, deep insights and discussion opportunities for our joint workgroups and projects.

You can already apply for a speed dating slot to present your companies news/projects/activities or collaboration ideas to the AZL network in a 6-minute presentation. Just drop Alexander Knauff a mail and you will be included in the application process.

The day will conclude with an optional Networking Dinner in the historic Aachen City Center (please make sure to claim joining in a second step while registering).



10:00 Registration &  Networking
10:30 Welcome
Dr. Michael Emonts | Dr. Kai Fischer
11:00 Keynote Presentation
IKV – Institute of Plastics Processing in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, Professor Dr. Christian Hopmann, Head of IKV and Co Founder of the AZL
11:30 Running Partnership Activities & R&D Projects

  • Bio-FML – Simon Greive
  • KonFutius – Philipp Wigger
  • Aachen´s Cluster of Excellence “Internet of Production”– Alexander Peitz
  • Ultra-Fast Consolidator Machine -Phase III – Alexander Peitz
  • Research Campus Digital Photonic Production (DPP) – Alexander Haunreiter
  • Hybrid-SMC – Jan Petersen
  • Inductive Double-Belt-Press Phase IV – Simon Greive
  • T3-Hub – Fabian Becker
  • EV Battery Casings: Fire Resistance & Bottom Impact Protection – Warden Schijve
 12:50 Lunch Break & Networking
Running Partnership Activities & R&D Projects

  • High-Performance SMC – Alexander Knauff
  • Composite Pipes & Vessels – Simon Greive
  • Hybrid Thermoplastic Composites – Warden Schijve
  • Product Cost Benchmarking – Fabian Becker
  • Composites in Buildings & Infrastructure – Philipp Wigger
  • Advanced Thermoset Production – Philipp Fröhlig
Speed Dating

  • Dr. Mohamed Bouhrara, Aramco Overseas Company – Aramco’s Future R&D Consortium for Automotive Lightweighting
  • Dr. Andre Eltze, Laserline GmbH – Laser-based manufacturing of composite components
  • Dr. Alexander Chaloupka, Netzsch Gerätebau GmbH – Break the mold – eXpand your sense of the possible in plastics manufacturing
  • Jens Aspacher, Schuler Pressen GmbH – Compression molding press solutions for increased productivity and large parts
  • Dr. Dana Miloaga, Johns Manville – Advancing JM Neomera™ PA-6 organosheets
  • Kevin Braun, Molecular Plasma Group – Molecular Plasma – A major leap for sustainable surface functionalization
  • Heiko Baumann, Fraunhofer IPT – Innovative approaches in thermoplastic composite production techonlogies
  • Dr. Christos Karatzias, Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH – Decorative design options with thermoplastic composites based on carbonfibre and polypropylene
  • Arne Büttner, 9 T Labs – How additive manufacturing, continuous fibers, and thermoplastics join forces for a new generation of structural parts
  • Joost van Lindert, Cato Composites BV – Digital printing and integration of surface finish in CFRTP parts
 17:00 Endo of Meeting
 19:00 Optional: Networking Dinner in the historic Aachen City Center



09:00 Registration & Networking
09:30 Welcome
Dr. Michael Emonts | Dr. Kai Fischer
09:45 Keynote Presentation
Carbon Mobile GmbH, Firas Khalifas, CEO – 5G Connected Composites
10:15 Keynote Presentation
Mubea KG, Dr. Udo Brüx, Head of Competence Center Corporate Research & Engineering – Why Cargobikes neet to integrate Automotive DNA
10:45 Coffee & Networking Session
11:30 Starting New Projects

  • Concept Study & Development of Cell-to-pack Battery Casings
  • Cost Saving Lightweight Tailgate Concept and Sustainability Study
  • Ultra-fast Manufacturing of Tailored Composite Blanks: In-line
    Quality Control (Project Phase IV)
  • Market & Technology Study:  Utility and Cargo Bikes
  12:30 Lunch Break & Networking
  14:00 Speed Dating

  • Dr. Timo Huber, HRC Group – Innovative and sustainable composite lightweight solutions for the future mobility sector
  • Markus Breiing, Conbility GmbH – Pragmatic carbon footprint and cost assessment for composite process chains
  • Takashi Onoe, Asahi Kasei – Introduction of Asahi Kasei and our Engineering plastic particle foams
  • Dr. Zamaan Sadeghi, SLA – Lightweight Design 4.0: From SHM towards Smart Sensing Systems
  • Michel van Gils, Hutchinson GmbH – Hutchinson answers to light weight solutions
  • Dr. Klaus Vonberg, Lanxess Performance Materials – Tepex® solutions – Thermoplastic composites in mass production
  • Carlos Ribeiro Simoes, Simpatec GmbH – Leightweight product and process optimisation of the digital twin with a coupled
    simulation approach
 15:00 Endo of Meeting
 After 15:00 Optional: Networking & Get-together with beer


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Registration for AZL Partner Companies

AZL Partner Companies can register for this event as usual via Meet2Connect.

Day 1 (inlcuding Networking Dinner – please make sure to claim in the second step of registration if you want to join):
Day 2: