bio!CAR, a new conference for the car industry, will launch in September this year. Focussed mainly on bio-based materials in automotive engineering, the international meeting will debut at the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart on 24-25 September as part of the Composites Europe 2015 how. The conference will be organised jointly by bioplastics Magazibe and the nova-Institut in cooperation with trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions and the German Federation for Reinforced Plastics (AVK).
The bio!CAR conference is aimed at reflecting the trend towards using bio-based polymers and natural fibers in the automotive industry: more and more manufacturers and suppliers are betting on bio-based alternatives derived from renewable raw materials such as wood, cotton, flax, jute or coir, all of which are being deployed as composites in the interior trims of high-quality doors and dashboards. According to the Hürth-based nova-Institut, the European car industry most recently (2012) processed approximately 80,000 tonnes of wood and natural fiber into composites. The total volume of bio-based composites in automotive engineering was 150,000 tonnes.