Deutsche Messe and Composites United To Launch New Lightweight Construction Fair In 2020 In Hannover, Germany


A new trade fair for lightweight construction will be launched in June 2020 in Hannover. Named “Light-con”, the new fair will showcase the latest trends and solutions in the field of lightweight construction, spanning all materials, technologies and sectors of industry. The event will initially run as a two-day conference and supporting trade fair on the theme of lightweight construction, taking place every year thereafter. The new fair’s organizer is Deutsche Messe, with Composites United as the technology sponsor. Both partners have already formalized their plans in a joint Memorandum of Understanding.

LightCon will kick off next year with a conference and supporting exhibition on 23 and 24 June. From 2021 onward, LightCon will evolve into a full-fledged trade fair, with the conference remaining an integral component. In addition to Composites United, related networks and associations from other technology fields have confirmed their participation, allowing LightCon to cover the entire spectrum of lightweight construction themes.

As a vertical trade fair, LightCon covers the entire supply chain for lightweight construction cutting across all materials – from applied research, materials, engineering design and development tools to prototyping, component testing, production technology, joining and fastening technology and recycling. At the same time, a high-caliber conference will provide original insights into cutting-edge multi-material lightweight design. Composites United will contribute its broad, forward-looking technical expertise to the conference portion of LightCon, thus establishing LightCon as an industry event for the entire lightweight construction market. The previous conference formats of Composites United and its two founding associations, Carbon Composites and CFK Valley, will be discontinued in favor of LightCon.

On the attendance side, LightCon is aimed at developers, design engineers, designers, buyers and management at all levels of user industries such as transport and mobility (road and rail), aerospace, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, construction, wind energy and the sports and recreation industry.

With the staging of LightCon, Deutsche Messe is significantly expanding its commitment to lightweight construction. In addition to the annual conference plus trade fair in Germany, the new brand is going to be rolled out worldwide.