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Competition for concrete and steel: Basalt - a fiber with convincing properties

JEC Composites Show 2013:

Bavarian Joint Booth -
Innovations from Bavaria

Hall 1 Booth F29/F31
12 - 14 March 2013, Paris, France

Competition for concrete and steel:
Basalt - a fiber with convincing properties

- Basalt fibers have great future potential in the construction, mechanical engineering and automotive industry

- 13 Bavarian exhibitors showcase their latest developments and
technologies for composite materials
- Innovations made in Bavaria along the entire value chain
- Technology Dating 2013 with the target region Switzerland
Where concrete meets steel the result is reinforced concrete which offers higher tensile strength, making it a reliable building material commonly used all over the world. A good solution. But there is still a better one. CG TEC GmbH has proved this. The company is one of the 13 Bavarian enterprises represented at the joint both of the Cluster New Materials and the EU Co-operation Unit of Bayern Innovativ at the JEC Composite Show 2013 in Paris.

Their solution: a reinforced bar made of basalt fibre, called rebar. The rebar has several advantages over steel: high corrosion resistance, good mechanical properties and the same temperature expansion behaviour as the surrounding concrete. Temperature-related tensions have become rare. The product thus offers great future potential for reinforcing concrete components. But there is more: CG Tec GmbH is devoted to new materials and is the only manufacturer of standard semifinished basalt products such as rods and panels. They believe that the new basalt fiber rod will be a strong competitor for carbon and glass fiber in the mechanical engineering and automotive industry.

Together with CG Tex and 12 other Bavarian exhibitors, the Cluster New Materials and the EU Co-operation Unit of Bayern Innovativ GmbH as leading networking specialists in Bavaria and Europe will enable the joint booth to be a great success in this major technology exhibition again in 2013.

Bavaria is one of the most innovative and dynamic regions in Europe in the field of composite fiber technologies. The German top cluster M A I Carbon in the composite fiber region around Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt as well as Upper Franconia concentrate textile competences and are exemplary in this regard. A good enough reason for Bayern Innovativ GmbH and its two networks to showcase Bavarian key enterprises at the Bayern Innovativ joint booth at the leading exhibition for composites, the JEC Composite Show in Paris, again this year.

The Bavarian exhibitors participating in the joint booth cover the entire value chain of composite manufacturing and are representative of Bavarian material competences.

Other highlights of the joint booth:

- Textile semifinished products made of carbon and basalt - TK Industries GmbH
- powder coating facility for composite fiber preforms - Maschinenfabrik Herbert Meyer GmbH
- High-performance textile machine technology - LIBA Maschinenfabrik GmbH
- Innovative lightweight construction through combined processes - HBW Gubesch Thermoforming GmbH
- Direct Lightning Test Labs for testing of direct lightning effects on composites - EMCC Dr. Rasek
- Knitted copper meshes for use as heating elements - CoTexx GmbH
- Filament winding technology including UV systems and UV resins - COIA GmbH
- The latest generations of elastomer and silicon materials for the direct composite with CFRP - Gummiwerk KRAIBURG GmbH & Co. KG
- Development and fabrication of lightweight structures which are foamed on an injection moulding machine - Schaumform GmbH
- Innovative braiding and insulation technologies - Siltex Flecht- und Isoliertechnologie Holzmüller GmbH & Co. KG
- Optimisation of wet compression moulding process - DEKUMED
- and the latest scientific findings - department of polymer materials at Bayreuth university.

The joint booth is made possible by the Enterprise Europe Network which supports cross-border technology transfer in Europe on behalf of the European Commission in cooperation with the Cluster New Materials as the organiser of the joint booth at the JEC since 2007.

"Technology Dating":
Material experts from Bavaria and Switzerland in dialog
The "Technology Dating" on 14 March organised by the EU Co-operation Unit and the Cluster New Materials will be a highlight at the exhibition. Exhibitors of the Bavarian joint booth encounter material experts from Switzerland in prearranged meetings to fathom potential cooperations. The "Technology Datings" are supported by partners of the Enterprise Europe Network and the regional material clusters of the target regions.
Bayern Innovativ GmbH
Gewerbemuseumsplatz 2
90403 Nürnberg
Cluster New Materials
Marcus Rauch
Phone: +49 911-20671-243
Press and public relations
Nicola Socha
Phone: +49 911-20671-167

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