Euro Mold Show

Euro Mold Show

EuroMold 2002, billed as a “World Fair for Mold Making and Tooling, Design, and Application Development,” will be held December 4–7, 2002 at the Frankfurt Exhibition Center in Frankfurt, Germany. EuroMold is a convenient annual business-to-business shopping bazaar. The theme of this year’s show is “From Design to Prototyping to Series Production.”

Design and engineering companies will display their services as a clustered group in Hall 9.2. This “design+engineering” forum by show management DEMAT GmbH is also the location for exhibitor lectures. Other special features in Hall 9.2 include a corporate stand for companies specializing in virtual product development, a demonstration of the economic advantages to be realized when process-chain participants practice collaborative engineering, and a presentation on new ways of designing, prototyping, and making moulds and tools for product developers in key industries, including the aircraft and automotive sectors.

Exhibitor lectures will run throughout the show in Hall 9.1, focusing on themes such as e-manufacturing in all phases of a product’s life cycle, laser sinter technologies, “Visualization and Collaboration,” and many others. This year there will also be two conferences about rapid tooling.

The tool and mould making sector is the heart of the fair, with over a quarter of exhibitors from this group. This year’s event is also being used by more hard metal and precision toolmakers. Other industries that will have a strong presence at EuroMold 2002 are modeling and prototyping, rapid prototyping, machine tools, software and hardware, engineering, tool supply, design services, and materials.

Injection Moulding

Injection Moulding

University professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, now 42, will succeed Prof. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Walter Michaeli as head of the IKV(Institute of Plastics Processing), director of the Association of Sponsors of IKV and holder of the Chair of Plastic injection moulding Processing at RWTH Aachen University when the latter reaches retirement age next summer.

Hopmann studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, with a particular focus on plastics processing, and received his doctorate in 2000. His study of ceramic injection moulding was in fact supervised by Prof. Michaeli. Hopmann was initially a research fellow at the IKV. Later, he headed its department of part design and materials technology. From 2001 to 2004, he was chief engineer and, in this capacity, also deputy director of the IKV. This background prepares him well for his future activities.

injection molding
injection molding

Between 2005 and late 2010, Hopmann worked in industry. At RKW AG Rheinische Kunststoffwerke (today, RKW SE), a leading European manufacturer of high-quality polyethylene and polypropylene films, nonwovens and nets, he served as head of quality management at RKW’s site in Petersaurach, Germany, and as chief of extrusion. Since the beginning of 2010, he had been managing director of RKW Sweden AB in Helsingborg.

Hopmann is looking forward to his new assignment at the IKV. “The special constellation of the institute, which is outstandingly networked not only in interdisciplinary research inside and outside RWTH but also in industrial joint research, is the basis for excellent academic teaching,” he says. “Caring for and expanding this is a major challenge and an honour which I am very pleased to accept.”

The IKV at RWTH Aachen University is a large research institute employing more than 300 people who work on problems encountered during the processing of many different types of plastic. It is divided into four specialist departments covering injection moulding and polyurethane technology, extrusion and further processing, part design and materials technology, and composites. The institute comprises the Centre for Analysis and Testing of Plastics, and a Training and Further Education department, as well. It is run by the Association of Sponsors, whose membership now consists of about 250 plastics companies from all over the world.