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Multimaterial Lightweight Technologies

Grand Challenges conference on “Multimaterial Lightweight Technologies – Pushing Resource Efficiency beyond Horizon 2020”, 30.01.2017 in Brussels

The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia kindly invites you to the next “Grand Challenges: Answers from North Rhine-Westphalia” conference on the theme:

“Multimaterial Lightweight Technologies – Pushing Resource Efficiency beyond Horizon 2020”

taking place on 30 January 2017 from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union with a keynote address by

Peter Dröll, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Director Industrial Technologies

The event will be followed by a reception and buffet.

Global challenges like coping with the impact of climate change, with the shortage of resources – and interlinked – with the necessity for resource efficiency as well as creating sustainable and affordable eco-friendly mobility solutions are some of the most urgent national and international objectives.

Lightweight technologies will be crucial in tackling these objectives. Following the physical law of motion – the less mass one moves, the more energy one saves – lightweight technologies contribute to energy-efficient transport. In fact, our future mobility is not possible without lightweight technologies. According to a recent McKinsey study, lightweight share in aviation is currently already at 80 percent. By 2030, the share of lightweight materials used in the automotive segment will rise from 30 to 70 percent

Lightweight materials include high-strength steels, aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre based plastics as well as various composite materials and different material systems. Noteworthy is that future lightweight technologies are multimaterial solutions that will also crucially depend on the successful combination of different materials.

With its vast materials sector, consisting of nearly 7.000 companies and research institutions, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has excellent expertise in the field of multimaterial lightweight technologies. This unique regional concentration throughout Europe offers favourable prerequisites to address these grand challenges from a North Rhine-Westphalian perspective. The conference will give insights into how NRW companies and research institutes in the field of lightweight technologies deliver essential solutions to a variety of these global challenges by collaborating across different industry sectors and materials classes.

Contact details and registration
Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union
Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels
Metro 2 and 6, station: Trône/Troon
Phone: +32 2 739 17 75
Fax: +32 2 739 17 02
E-Mail: event.nrw@lv-eu.nrw.de