The Conference

ITHEC is the first and unique expert conference focusing on structural lightweight constructions. For ITHEC 2018, 4th International Conference on Thermoplastic Composites we expect 400 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 Topics

The 4th International Conference on Thermoplastic Composites covers the latest developments in high performance thermoplastic composite applications in aerospace, automotive and energy applications, as well as transport & engineering.

ITHEC conference focuses on new results on

  • Thermoplastic Composites Lightweight Structures
  • Manufacturing  & Process Technologies
  • Simulation & Modelling
  • Raw Materials & Standardisation
  • Process Automation & Production Machinery
  • Process Monitoring / Material Quality & Testing
  • Eco Balance & Recycling

There will be keynote lectures in the morning, oral presentions and a poster session. The session programme will be compiled by the international Programme Committee on the basis of the response to the Call for Papers.


Oral Sessions

Depending on the response to the Call for Papers there will be up to six oral sessions (Sessions A - F) presenting five talks of 25 min in two parallel sessions. We expect two sessions on automotive and two sessions on aerospace topics. Additional topics may vary from event to event and will depend on the result of the Call for Papers.



Best Paper Award

For the first time, the organisers of ITHEC announce a

Best Paper Award.

In close cooperation with the editor of  the JEC Magazine this award grants a publication of the awarded paper in the JEC Magazine.

The following four papers have been nominated for this award by the ITHEC Programme Committee:

Temperature-dependent Failure Analysis of Fibre-reinforced Thermoplastics for Automotive Applications

N. Schramm, L. Kroll
Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
T. Grätzl, BMW Group, Landshut, Germany

Optimizing the Thermoplastic Welding Properties in an FRPC Additive Manufacturing Process

M. Eichenhofer, S. Arreguin
Eidgenössische Techische Hochschule Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
J. Wong, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
P. Ermanni, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich , Zürich, Switzerland

Rapid Manufacturing of a Tailored Spar by AFP and Stamp Forming
T.K. Slange,Y.M. Buser, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, and
ThermoPlastic composites Research Center, Enschede, The Netherlands,
S. Wijskamp, ThermoPlastic composites Research Center, Enschede, The Netherlands
L.L. Warnet, W. Grouve
University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
R. Akkerman, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, and
ThermoPlastic composites Research Center, Enschede, The Netherlands,

Injection Forming of Gears on High-performance CF-PAEK Drive Shafts
D. Barfuss, C. Garthaus
herone GmbH, Dresden, Germany
R. Kupfer, A. Liebsch, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
F. Schemm, U. Marburger
Victrex Europa GmbH, Hofheim am Taunus, Germany

We hereby express our gratulations for these nominations.

The final winner will be announced during the Official Ceremony in the Hanse Saal on Tuesday, 30 October, 17:30 - 18:00.

We kindly invite all delegates and visitors to this ceremony.


Poster Session

In 2016 we successfully introduced the high quality Poster Session. For about two hours, the authors of submissions accepted for poster presentation will be present in front of their posters to explain their results to the delegates. There will be no parallel programme during this time to ensure the delegates' full attention. The corresponding manuscripts will be published in the Conference Proceedings in the same way as those related to oral presentations.


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.



Conference Language

The official conference language is English; there will be no simultaneous translation.