The first international Plastic Aviation Conference, taking place on 14 and 15 November, is all about the opportunities for plastics in civil aviation.

Hamburg, 14 November 2018 – When we think of global leaders in aerospace technology, our first thoughts do not, as a rule, go to small towns in Northern Germany. But they should. The medium-sized manufacturing company Krüger Aviation is based in Barsbüttel, at the gates of Hamburg, and has been amongst the world’s biggest suppliers in the field of plastics technologies for the aviation industry for several years. One of the company’s specialisations is in the field of mirrors for aircraft lavatories. For weight-saving and safety reasons, these are produced exclusively using plastics, but for the uninitiated they are indistinguishable from glass.

This is just one example of the many ways in which plastics can be used in aerospace. Trying out the processes for oneself, discussing them and enhancing them is the goal of the first Plastic Aviation Conference, being hosted by Krüger Aviation in Barsbüttel on 14 and 15 November in collaboration with Hamburg Aviation. There may well be a regional flavour to the location, but the agenda and list of participants reflect a global “Who’s Who” of the industry, with major names featured including Airbus, Boeing, Diehl Aviation, Lufthansa Technik, Rockwell Collins and Zodiac Aerospace.

Companies providing keynote presentations and workshops include Sabic, Quadrant and Boltaron. The conference programme is completed with an evening event and site tours of the Airbus factory in Hamburg and the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research.

“We are thrilled by the positive response that our Plastic Aviation Conference that has engendered from so many highly-regarded leading players in the industry around the world,” says Nils Stoll, CEO of Krüger Aviation. “The great interest in the event shows the importance of plastic applications for the future of the aviation industry.”

“The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most important locations in the aviation industry worldwide, especially when it comes to aircraft cabins. Plastics represent a central material here. We are delighted at the opportunity the Plastic Aviation Conference gives us to welcome a new specialist conference with global visibility and so many international industry representatives here,” says Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation.

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