14. November 2014

PCCL Held 23rd Leoben Polymer Congress

Hybrid vehicles, electromobility, aviation – diverse as the drive systems may be, what they all have in common is the pursuit of energy-efficient lightweight construction solutions. And this is why the traditional Leoben Polymer Congress organised by the Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) and the Polymer Engineering Department was held under the motto of "Highly-efficient composites" in 2014.

Photo 1 (l-r): Ralf Schledjewski (head of the department of composite engineering and head of the Christian Doppler laboratory for highly-efficient composites engineering), Waltraud Klasnic (chair of the University Council), Maximilian Jäger (deputy mayor of the town of Leoben), Martin Payer (CEO, PCCL)

In our globalised world the mobility of people and goods by land, air and water has become extremely important. At the same time, mobility also means the consumption of resources that are becoming ever scarcer and the pressure this places on our environment. Against this background, lightweight construction solutions consisting of plastics and composites constitute the future of energy-efficient transport, as unanimously agreed by the 200 or so international experts who attended the 23rd Leoben Polymer Congress on " Highly-efficient composites" at the invitation of the Polymer Engineering Department in Leoben. The talks dealt with every aspect of lightweight construction, ranging from processing, economical use of resources and life-cycle analysis to the cost-effectiveness of composite materials. Besides contributions by leading scientists, experts from international concerns such as FACC, BASF, AIRBUS and MAGNA also agreed to hold talks.

Photo: The talks on the subject of lightweight construction were greeted with great interest by the international delegates at the 23rd Leoben Polymer Congress