Germany 2020: New congress + fair events on the way

Two new events will make their debut in Hanover and Cologne next year. Their themes will be lightweight construction, insurance and technology

InsureNxt CGN: “The new trade fair format offers complete solutions for the insurance industry,” explains Gerald Böse. (Photo: Koelnmesse)
InsureNxt CGN: “The new trade fair format offers complete solutions for the insurance industry,” explains Gerald Böse. (Photo: Koelnmesse)

A new trade fair for lightweight construction will launch in Hanover next June. “LightCon” will showcase the latest trends and solutions in the field of lightweight construction, spanning all materials, technologies and sectors.  The event will initially run as a two-day conference and fair on this future-forward theme, and is then scheduled to take place every year.  The organiser of this new event is Deutsche Messe. Composites United, the world's largest network for fibre-based multi-material lightweight design, is its technology sponsor. Both partners have already formalised their plans in a joint memorandum of understanding. LightCon will kick off next year with a conference and accompanying exhibition on 23 and 24 June. From 2021 the event is to evolve into a fully-fledged trade fair. The conference will remain an integral part of this.

“As a key technology for many sectors, lightweight construction continues to gain ground because it increases the cost-effectiveness, performance and sustainability of applications,” explains Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe in Hanover (www.messe.de). Gunnar Merz, General Manager of Composites United, summarises the advantages of lightweight construction for the economy as a whole and of LightCon for those involved: “By adopting an innovative multi-material lightweight construction approach, manufacturing companies not only stand to gain in terms of their bottom line,” he says. “But also in respect of resource conservation and climate protection,” adds Merz. “We will significantly expand networking and business opportunities for our member companies and institutes through LightCon.”

LightCon (LTR): Hubert Jäger (Composites United), Jochen Köckler (Deutsche Messe) and Gunnar Merz (Composites United). (Photo: Deutsche Messe)
LightCon (LTR): Hubert Jäger (Composites United), Jochen Köckler (Deutsche Messe) and Gunnar Merz (Composites United). (Photo: Deutsche Messe)

Cologne also looks forward to a new conference and expo. On 21 and 22 April 2020, the insurance and tech industries will meet there. For the first time, Koelnmesse and InsurLab Germany are jointly organising an insurance congress and trade fair: “insureNxt CGN”. Their aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of digitisation in the insurance sector and contribute to shaping the industry’s technological future. “The new trade fair format offers complete solutions for the insurance industry and covers the entire value chain including upstream and downstream industries,” explains Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. The two-day event will focus on the topics insurance technology, aka “InsurTech” , and “digital transformation” - from the perspective of insurers and start-ups. 

These cross-industry approaches as well as the integration of an academic and career-specific conference track will round off the event (www.koelnmesse.de). Since 2017 InsurLab Germany has operated as a registered association in major insurance hub Cologne. It is one of twelve digital hubs designated by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. InsurLab Germany is dedicated to the digitisation of the insurance industry in Germany. As sponsor and co-organiser of insureNxt CGN, InsurLab Germany will contribute its broad network of  startups, leading technology providers and service providers, scientific representatives and experts from the German insurance industry. The initiative already comprises 77 companies, including more than 30 established insurers and over 20 InsurTech start-ups.

Author: Peter Borstel

This article was published in TFI issue 4/2019

 
 

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