New challenges

Due to the epidemiological situation in the world, this year's International Trade Fair of Composite Materials, Technologies and Products, KOMPOZYT-EXPO®, could not be held. The organizers, however, knowing that the most effective recipe for a crisis is action, decided to prepare the CLICK-WATCH-TALK KOMPOZYT-EXPO® event combining elements of a trade fair exhibition, conference and networking. - We constantly listen to the needs of our recipients and try to respond to them quickly and efficiently. The reality around has changed, but the need for knowledge and contacts is still just as great. Our goal was to prepare an event that would allow us to build lasting business relationships (through a chat and the possibility of e-mail contact with a given person) and to obtain valuable, substantive tips from guests of individual thematic blocks. Reading the incoming e-mails from participants, I can say that our plan has been successfully implemented. - summarizes Dorota Gurgul, Team Leader of the KOMPOZYT-EXPO®. By participating in the event, the fair exhibitors had the opportunity not only to make a presentation but also to post their business card on the home page www.kompozyt-expo.pl. As a result, people interested in a given solution could quickly contact the manufacturer or distributor. The huge benefit was a solid dose of knowledge that is worth its weight in gold in a rapidly changing world. In times when stationary meetings are impossible and the possibilities of movement are limited, talking to specialists from different parts of the world is of great value.

Only topical topics

Is the use of nanoparticles in composites safe? How new technologies affect the market? Do the new composite recycling proposals deliver a solution? The invited specialists answered these and many other questions. Each of the 7 thematic blocks began with the speech of experts: prof. dr hab. Eng. Tadeusz Uhl from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Dipl.-Ing., MBA Susanne Kroll from Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik IWU, Dr. Andrzej Czulak, Leader of the Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies, Prof. Dr.-Ing. hab. Dipl.-Math. Maik'aGude from the Technical University of Dresden, prof. dr hab. Eng. Andrzej Błędzki from the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin and prof. dr hab. Eng. Anna Boczkowska from the Warsaw University of Technology.

The first day started with the topic - Monitoring of damage and condition of composite structures. In this part, we met experts from the Air Force Institute of Technology, EC Test Systems Sp. z o.o., POLON-IZOT Sp. z o.o., SHM System Sp. zoo. Sp. limited partnership. At noon, the second thematic block began - Repair of composite structures. We talked to representatives of Siemens Gamesa, LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services Sp. z o.o., Milar Sp. z o.o. Tuesday ended with a debate - Composites created with passion - challenges, problems, new technologies, perspectives, led by Dr. Andrzej Czulak, Leader of the Polish Composite Technologies Cluster. The meeting was attended by scientists from the Brandenburg University of Technology, the Foundation for Supporting Nanosciences and Nanotechnology NANONET, Pesa Rail Vehicles Bydgoszcz, Małopolska Regional Development Agency MARR, ENGINE Sp. z o.o., UTC -Rolls-Royce University Technology Center "Lightweight Structures and Materials and Robust Design" and AGH Racing Team.

The second day of CLICK-WATCH-TALK KOMPOZYT-EXPO® was equally interesting. It started with a thematic session of 3M Deutschland GmbH. Another topic of the day was - Computer-aided design of composite products and structures. It was attended by specialists from CAMdivision Sp. zoo. and KOMES Sp. z o.o. The conversation on the recycling of composites aroused great interest. Thanks to the speakers, we looked at the topic not only from a scientific but also a business point of view, because prof. dr hab. Eng. Andrzej Błędzki and a representative from ANMET. The second day of the online conference ended with the thematic block - Nanoparticles in composites - benefits and safety of their use. The knowledge was shared by specialists from TMBK Partners Sp. z o.o. and C-L Sp. zoo.

Here and now

From week to week we are more and more thirsty for contacts with other people. We more and more appreciate the freedom and unlimited possibilities of business relationships from months ago. CLICK-WATCH-TALK KOMPOZYT-EXPO® was a substitute for this. In a pleasant atmosphere, in an industry group, we talked about the challenges facing the business. - We miss trade fairs, we miss meetings and we believe that we will see each other again at EXPO Krakow during the KOMPOZYT-EXPO® Trade Fair in 2021. We are glad that the event aroused so much interest. It was nice to see and listen to our guests. - adds Dorota Gurgul.