The 8th Aviation Forum Hamburg will be held at Hamburg Messe, Hamburg, Germany, from November 5–7, 2018. Organised by the Institute for Production Management AG (IPM AG), Hannover, Germany, in partnership with Airbus, Toulouse, France, the forum is a key conference and exhibition for the global supply chain of the aerospace industry.
Since its launch in 2010, the Aviation Forum is said to have become a major annual event for the aerospace industry, connecting a large number of global suppliers and partners to discuss future perspectives and directions. In 2017, the forum attracted more than seven hundred participants from twenty-two countries, with the exhibition hosting ninety exhibitors.
The forum will begin on November 5 with a pre-conference day comprising a series of plant tours, giving attendees the opportunity to tour selected local production facilities for Airbus, Dassault Systemes and ZAL, Lufthansa Technik and Safran Nacelles Integration Center. This will be followed by a networking event in the exhibition area.
Additive Manufacturing and the opportunities it offers to the aerospace industry will be up for discussion on both days of the conference agenda, featuring in a number of presentations. An in-depth look at AM will be offered by a master class on day one of the conference, titled ‘Additive Meets Digital’ and presented by Bjoern Klass, European VP and Managing Director, Protolabs Europe.
A workshop on Additive Manufacturing will also be held on day one, moderated by Prof Dr Michael Eßig, Bundeswehr Universität München, and presented by Jérôme Rascol, Head of ALM Platform, Airbus, Josef Gropper, Managing Director and COO, Liebherr, Christoph Hauck, Managing Director, MBFZ toolcraft GmbH, Kevin McAlea, Executive Vice President Metals & Healthcare, 3D Systems, and Klaus Müller, Chief Sales Officer, Bionic Production AG.
On day two of the conference, both ‘Best Practice Tracks’ of the conference will feature an in-depth look at Additive Manufacturing and relevant topics, with Dan Johns, Global Head of R&D at Oerlikon AG, presenting on ‘Collaboration in Aerospace to unlock the AM Market’, and Dr Simon Merkt-Schippers, Technology Manager Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace and Energy, TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, presenting on ‘Industrial Additive Technologies’.
Other topics up for discussion during the conference will include supply chain management, global production, the Airbus Bombardier partnership, future supply network, digitalisation, MRO, interior, disrupting business models and automated production.