Don't miss: Foam Expo Europe 2019 highlights
Europe’s largest trade fair dedicated to the technical foam industry lands in Stuttgart, Germany this 10-12 September, bringing with it an unmissable programme offering exceptional industry insights, networking opportunities and the chance to discover the very latest in foam technology. Here’s our pick of the must-see bits.
On the show floor
More than 200 exhibitors will bring thousands of brand-new products, groundbreaking innovations and smart foam solutions to the show floor, breaking boundaries in product applications, services and equipment for multiple industries. More than 4,000 industry players are set to attend from end-user sectors including automotive, aerospace, construction, medical, packaging, and sports and leisure. View the full list of exhibitors and plan your visit here.
New for 2019: 360 Sessions
This all-new, dynamic programme of roundtable discussions, workshops and material jam sessions is designed to facilitate discussions with industry peers, led by industry experts. Join perceptive debates on topics ranging from how to eliminate hazardous chemicals to reimagining foams and the new processing methods they require, and participate in workshops on the bonding of foam and other materials.
Learn from the best
Running alongside the exhibition is the Foam Expo Europe Conference – a focused agenda of keynotes, panel sessions and presentations spanning market trends, regulatory updates, optimising manufacturing processes and showcasing R&D and innovation in foam materials, technologies and properties. Expert speakers are billed to deliver engaging thought-leadership – learn from the best as subject specialists from BMW Group, IKEA, Crocs, Recticel, VELUX, FACC Operations and Huntsman deep-dive into the opportunities, challenges and market gaps in the foam sector.
Spotlight on innovation
Join the conference on day two for presentations on improving the thermal efficiencies of polymeric foams, shaping lightweight parts and end-user technology trends, requirements and processes for future applications. In the exhibition hall, forward-looking foam companies will share their expertise, helping you to find solutions that keep you one step ahead of your competitors – from CellMat Technologies, which works intensively in R&D for foams, to Saint-Gobain, which boasts four global R&D centres and advanced polymer technology know-how, plus many more.
Sustainability in focus
Day three shines a spotlight on sustainability. Follow panel discussions on putting circular economy legislation into action and overcoming the key obstacles of recycling in the foam industry, and walk the show floor to discover what actions the industry’s leading companies are taking when it comes to sustainability, and how you can apply similar measures – from BASF, which creates chemistry for a sustainable future, to Sealed Air, which has an advanced portfolio of foam-based sustainable solutions for the packaging and construction markets.
Direct, effective networking
Foam Expo Europe affords a rare opportunity to boost your business connections along the entire supply chain at one event. Elevate your network with the free B2B Matchmaking service, which enables you to pre-arrange meetings with potential business partners while in Stuttgart. Save time by identifying contacts and arranging meetings before the event; manage your schedule effectively with a simple tool for requesting, confirming or declining appointments; and keep in touch post-event via the service. Learn more about the benefits of B2B Matchmaking here.
On display in the Product Showcase
Keep abreast of foam breakthroughs and check out cutting-edge innovations, solutions and developments in materials and manufacturing technologies in the Product Showcase, a series of live, sometimes interactive, product demonstrations taking place at stands around the exhibition hall. Visit participating exhibitor booths to find product or service solutions, gain first-hand understanding of new products, and connect directly with potential industry partners. Find out who’s taking part, when and where, here.