11/17/2014

International Lightweighting Expertise in Leoben

Hybrid vehicles, electro mobility and aviation – their drive systems vary, yet they all strive for energy efficient lightweight solutions. This was the inspiration for the theme of this year’s polymer colloquium, “Highly efficient Composites”, an event organised by the Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) and the Polymer Engineering and Science Department at Montanuniversität.

v.l.n.r.: Prof. Ralf Schledjewski, Universitätsratsvorsitzende Waltraud Klasnic, Vizebürgermeister Maximilian Jäger, PCCL-Geschäftsführer Martin Payer

The mobility of persons and goods on land, water and air has reached a great significance in today’s globalised world. Mobility comes hand in hand with the use of non-renewable resources and has enormous burdens on our environment. Considering these obstacles, the 200 international experts who attended Leoben’s 23 rd Polymer Colloquium agree that lightweight polymer and composite materials are the future of energy efficient mobility. The presentations centred on various aspects of lightweight construction, from methods of processing to resource conservation, life-cycle analysis and economic efficiency of composite materials. The lectures were held by renowned scientists and experts from international enterprises such as FACC, BAS, AIRBUS and MAGNA:

University Chairwoman, Waltraud Klasnic and Vice.-Mayor of Leoben, Maximilian Jäger, opened the colloquium. Their speeches underlined the scientific significance of Leoben and emphasised the excellent position of Montanuniverisität in the landscape of education. Prof. Ralf Schledjewski, head of the chair of processing of composites and the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Composite Processing, emphasised that with its more than 200 polymer-scientists, scientific activity in Leoben covers the entire value-added chain, enabling a lighter, more efficient and resource-saving future.

Further Information:

Mag. Petra Dobnik
Tel.: +43 3842 42962-13
E-Mail: petra.dobnik(at)pccl.at

Mag. Andreas Pompenig
Tel.: +43 3842 402-2118
E-Mail: andreas.pompenig(at)unileoben.ac.at