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5th “mtex” International Mobile Textiles Show and 3rd “LiMA” Lightweight Design Exhibition a roaring success in Chemnitz

Power car for high-speed trains made of an aluminium foam sandwich material on display as a world first

Chemnitz. The 5th “mtex” International Mobile Textiles Show and the 3rd  “LiMA” Exhibition for Lightweight Design in Engineering and Plant Construction were a great success in Chemnitz on 14 – 16 May 2014 and attracted a high level of professional expertise. 88 exhibitors from Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, India, Israel and Switzerland presented their range of products and services in the Free State of Saxony at the heart of one of the most important German automobile construction, engineering and textile regions. The “mtex” and “LiMA” exhibitions were held as part of the newly conceived “Chemnitz Specialist Exhibitions” alongside the SIT Saxon Industry and Technology Fair and the “IT Users’ Forum”. Almost 5,000 visitors in all examined what the 300 exhibitors – including some prestigious research institutes – unveiled and they participated in the symposiums and workshops. The organisers not only welcomed guests from Germany to the mobile textile and lightweight design exhibitions, but trade visitors from Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Russia and the Czech Republic too.
“Resource efficiency is the key to high-revenue and sustainable business practices in future. The efficiency of materials and energy when producing lightweight design structures on a large scale is a crucial issue. So we’ve geared our research work to this subject area and attracted great interest from many business sectors,” said Prof. Dr. Lothar Kroll, with great emphasis; he is the coordinator and spokesman for the unique MERGE German excellence cluster for research into lightweight design, which is based at Chemnitz University of Technology.
“The four-fold specialist exhibitions enabled us to get to know companies from other sectors too. For example, we had excellent discussions with experts from the field of mechanical engineering and the paper industry. Something like this helps us to overcome a certain degree of tunnel vision,” said Andreas Ludwig, Managing Director of Thorey Gera Textilveredelung GmbH, which is based in the German state of Thuringia, summarising his impressions.
Andreas Hämmerle, Managing Director of Teccno Tex GmbH, Höchst, and the coordinator of the joint Austrian stand, indicated that it had been worthwhile attending the “mtex” for the first time in every respect. “We’ve been able to make interesting contacts or further develop existing ones. We’ve taken home specific enquiries and we even received a few small orders. I’m sure that projects with partners from the Saxon/Thuringian industrial region will materialise in future.” The textile manufacturers Alge Elastic GmbH, Lustenau, ARULA GmbH, Mäder,  Spinnerei Feldkirch GmbH, and V-Trion GmbH, Hohenems, all based in the Austrian Vorarlberg region, demonstrated their innovative skills with a joint display.
Ronald Gerbeth, Sales Manager at Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH, underlined the quality of the contacts made at the event, “We were able to welcome guests from southern Germany and Austria, among other places. As the exhibition was held very close to our company headquarters, we achieved excellent results with relatively little outlay.  We’d like to express our appreciation for the professional organisation of the specialist exhibitions overall. Next time we hope that more automobile suppliers will attend.
The “mtex” Innovation Prize, presented for the first time, attracted a great deal of attention among the experts. The award went to Christian Franz from the Institute for Textile Machines and High-Performance Material Technology (ITM) at Dresden University of Technology.  The 28-year-old graduate engineer was honoured for his achievements within the research project known as “Warp-knit fabric structures with integrated functions”. He has developed a technology, which can be used, for example, to make the lightweight textile heating elements required for electric vehicles much more effectively than in the past (for more information, go to
Metal, wood, textile and polymer composites played the dominant role at the “LiMA” Exhibition for Lightweight Design in Engineering and Plant Construction. The Chemnitz-based developers at Voith Engineering Services and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology displayed a world first. They presented visitors with a 1:1 model of the lightweight design power car for a high-speed train, which was made of an aluminium foam sandwich material. This enables companies to make weight savings of up to 30 percent over traditional railway vehicle concepts.
Scientists at Chemnitz University of Technology displayed an overhead conveyor system with wooden composite profiles for the automobile industry. Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH from Obertshausen also presented its composite expertise. The company is developing and producing complex profiles and hollow parts measuring up to seven metres long using a hybrid design, among other things.
The “Specialists and Students Day” at the “Chemnitz Specialist Exhibitions” held on 16 May, designed to attract young professionals to work in these fields, was very popular. The next edition of the four exhibitions will take place in May 2016.

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