The Conference

Future aircrafts and vehicles will significantly contribute to fuel and CO2 savings by making intensive use of intelligent lightweight constructions. Modern planes have successfully proved that these materials fulfill the highest standards of reliability and safety. This trend is obviously demonstrated by big plane manufacturers like Airbus, Boeing and others and will even be strengthened in the next years. Also in the fields of offshore and wind energy there are rising market shares for structured thermoplastic composites parts. International experts are convinced that the increased use of thermoplastic composites has a great potential in achieving the ambitious weight specifications in combination with an improved manufacturing technology. Nevertheless, until 2012 there has not been any relevant international expert forum on structural thermoplastic composites.

Therefore, MESSE BREMEN in cooperation with Faserinstitut Bremen e. V. (FIBRE) launched ITHEC, the International Conference on Thermoplastic Composites as a new conference on structured thermoplastic lightweight constructions in a wide area of applications. Based on the expertise of an engaged international steering board and the financial and non-financial support of numerous industrial and public sponsors the start-up event ITHEC 2012 was held in Bremen, Germany, attracting more than 280 participants in October 2012. 
This big success encouraged us to establish ITHEC as a biennial industry driven forum for international experts interested in an intensive and collective knowledge exchange and technology transfer between industry and research in the field of fibre reinforced composites. Always in October of the even years, ITHEC will focus on materials, processes as well as manufacturing technologies as well as other relevant topics in this field. For October 2014 we expect 350 international participants who will present and discuss new scientific results, meet leading international specialists, share their expertise and start business co-operations in the field of thermoplastic composite technologies.

The invitation to attend next ITHEC is directed at executives and researchers from industry (providers of raw materials for composite components, providers of manufacturing equipment, component manufacturer, end user) as well as institutes, colleges and universities in charge of these topics who are interested in an intensive exchange and the transfer of R&D results into industrial products.    


Conference Focus

  • Raw Materials
  • Textile & and Fibre Technology
  • Manufacturing Technologies and Manufacturing Equipment
  • Process and Structure Simulation
  • Composite Structures
  • Joining Technologies
  • Process and Quality Control
  • Materials Testing
  • Service Providers
for structured thermoplastic lightweight constructions in
  • Aerospace
  • Automobile
  • Offshore / Energy 
Please note that this year's conference programme is again based on invited papers without any call for papers.

Conference Language
The official conference language is English; there will be no simultaneous translation.
Conference Venue
The conference will be held in the
Congress Center Bremen (CCB) just a three minutes' walk away from the main station. The Conference Dinner (optional) will be served in the restaurant "Ratskeller" at the historic market place.