[image_0]International experts from industry and science came to Aachen, Germany, to discuss the latest trends in injection moulding technology. The focus was on applications in the automotive sector. With more than 100 experts from 15 nations, including Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, USA and various European countries, the conference was very successful, as reported by IKV. In 16 lectures given in English, the speakers presented current developments in the automotive industry and injection moulding technology. Representing the practical side, Dr. Toru Hirata, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Japan, and Prof. Georg Steinbichler, Engel Austria, Austria, presented some new process control technologies. Steve Braig, Trexel, USA, spoke about the production of lightweight construction materials by combined process technologies. The presentation by Dr. Thomas Wolff from BMW AG on the thermoplastic outer skin of the BMW i3 was another highlight, as reported by IKV. He described the numerous challenges that arose during the development process of this vehicle concept and then presented the final production strategy. Other topics included the specific selection of materials for automotive applications and integrative simulation, through to quality assurance at global sites. The IKV research staff concentrated on the scientific side of the event with lectures on lightweight construction strategies and the combined simulation of process and part properties. Three keynote lectures at the beginning of the event prepared the delegates for the complex topic: Dr. Peter Urban, deputy head of the Institute of Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University, spoke about current trends in the automotive industry. Prof. Lutz Fügener from the University of Pforzheim talked about what has made cars attractive and desirable products, both in the past and in the present, and Prof. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, gave an overview of the latest technological developments in injection moulding.IKV plans the second International Injection Moulding Conference (IIMC 2015) from 30 September - 1 October 2015.