Sustainable Thermal Energy Management Industrial Forum (July 2015)

Members of the (project) consortium were recently invited to attend the Sustainable Thermal Energy Management Industrial Forum 2015.  Held on 9th July at the Gosforth Park Marriott Hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne and organised by SusTEM and Newcastle University, the event focussed on leading edge technology and planning the route to an economically and environmentally sustainable industrial environment towards 2020 and beyond.


The SusTEM forum aimed to support the World Economic Forum (WEF) sustainable development agenda and focussed on thermal energy management.  The importance of private sector involvement in any solution to climate change was stressed by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank at the WEF last year.

The 40 delegates at the forum discussed the real challenges and industry needs for meeting energy targets towards 2020, the results of which will be disseminated widely to industry, researchers, policy makers, funders and other stakeholders.

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Partners attend JEC Europe (March 2015)

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Several WALiD partners including Fraunhofer ICT, Coriolis Composites and PPG attended JEC Europe, the largest trade show for composites in Europe attracting around 36,000 visitors.

JEC Paris 2015

During this three day event which took place on 10th to 12th March, project literature was handed out from the partners’ booths and Fraunhofer ICT presented the Sandwich Panel with foam and tape which had been developed within the project.  Coriolis Composites also held discussions with adhesive suppliers who are offering support for screening trials.

GA Meeting and Exploitation Strategy Seminar Hosted by PPG, Wigan (February 2015)


Partners from the WALiD consortium attended a two day meeting on 24th and 25th February 2015 which was hosted by PPG at their offices in Hindley Green, near Wigan.

The meeting commenced with an Exploitation Strategy Seminar run by an EC Expert during which the key exploitable results in the project were discussed.  The purpose of this seminar was to assist in the development of the foreground in the project and compile an exploitation plan beyond life of the project. It was followed by a General Assembly meeting where the partners presented work carried out during the last six months.

A plant tour was also conducted during the first day of the meeting and a partners’ dinner was held at the Holiday Inn Haydock.

Standards: Your Innovation Bridge (October 2014)


Project literature was available and a poster was displayed on the stand manned by Smithers Rapra at the Standards: Your Innovation Bridge event held at Square on 30th October 2014.

This one day event, organised by CEN – European Committee for Standardisation and CENELEC in partnership with the European Commission and the European Free Trade Association offered those involved with European research projects the chance to meet leading experts on innovation and standardisation and to learn how standardisation can facilitate and progress European innovation.

The event attracted around 400 participants and included an exhibition of 27 projects.


Interplas 2014 (October 2014)

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The WALiD project was disseminated at Interplas 2014, the UK’s world leading plastics industry event.

This event which attracted around 300 exhibitors and 12,000 visitors took place from 30th September 2014 to 2nd October 2014 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Interplas which is held every three years showcases the entire range of moulding and forming machines as well as materials, automation, contract manufacturing and supply technologies.

Smithers Rapra handed out project literature from their stand.


Fraunhofer ICT Attends Fakuma 2014

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Fraunhofer ICT disseminated the WALiD project from their booth at the Fakuma trade fair which was held in Friedrichshafen from 14th to 18th October 2014.


This event which is used by many exhibitors to showcase their innovations to world experts attracted record numbers this year with over 45,000 visitors attending.  Amongst the visitors were material manufacturers, processing companies and other specialists.

Members of the ICT Fraunhofer team were available to answer questions on the WALID project and hand out project literature.


WALiD Presented at ITHEC on 28th October 2014

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Fraunhofer ICT have been invited to present a paper entitled  ‘Wind blades using cost-effective advanced lightweight design – Innovative solutions for wind blades made of advanced thermoplastic materials’ during the Energy session on day two of the International Conference on Thermoplastic Composites, launched by Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.(Fibre) on 27th and 28th October 2014.

This is the second conference of its kind, the first held in Bremen in October 2012 attracted more than 280 participants.

The conference will address structured thermoplastic, lightweight constructions in a wide area of applications such as automotive, aerostructures and energy.

General Assembly Meeting Held at NAREC (September 2014)

A General Assembly meeting was held on 9th and 10th September 2014.

The first day of the meeting took place at the National and Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC) in Blythe, UK during which the partners were given a tour of the facilities.

The second day of the meeting was held in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Partners continued to give presentations on work package updates and also took part in break out sessions in order to discuss progress of work in more detail.


Composites Europe 2014

Composites Europe

To learn more about the WALiD project, visit Coriolis Composites at their booth 8b/D14 at Composites Europe which takes place on 7th and 8th October 2014 in Dusseldorf, Germany.


This event will showcase the full range of fibre-reinforced plastics as well as hosting various forums on subjects such as the future of composites and new areas such as the “Bio-based Pavilion” and “Industry meets Science.”

It is expected that over 400 exhibitors from 25 countries will attend this event which is considered to be the most important event in the Germany market, the largest composites market in Europe.