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NanoEurope joins forces with key industries
The cooperation venture with the “Messe Düsseldorf” trade show organizer on its own will provide a powerful boost. But what makes the upcoming event particularly interesting is its powerful focus, which offers exhibitors targeted added value in finding new customers to generate business. The NanoEurope 2006 will revolve around three topics: Textiles, Plastics, and Medical Devices, which are reflected in the three days devoted to each of these key industries. They will enable visitors from the relevant fields of business to obtain an overview over current developments and to immediately find everything they are looking for within a single day.
The competent patronage organizations for the Conferences will produce a particularly sharp focus on practical applications and ensure that the commercialization solutions proposed relate to the needs of the field. In the area of Textiles, the Swiss Textile Federation (Schweizerischer Textilverband, TVS) will act as patron. In Plastics, it will be the Swiss Plastics Association (Kunststoff Verband Schweiz, KVS), the Polymer Group Switzerland (Polymergruppe Schweiz, PGS), and the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (Swiss SAMPE Chapter). Finally, in the field of Medical Devices, the patron will be the Swiss Society for Biomaterials (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Biomaterialien, SSB). Each Conference day will be governed by one of these different topics, which the partners will help shape to a significant extent: Tuesday, September 12, will deal with the technologies related to Medical Devices; Wednesday, September 13, will be devoted to Plastics applications; and Thursday, September 14, will be centered on the subject of Textile innovations.
Taking advantage of cross-links
The Director of the Fair, Rolf Brun, summarizes the success concept for the upcoming NanoEurope as follows: “The topics of each day, which focus on the three different industries, enable us to create cross-links between the Conference and the Fair.” Subjects highlighted during the Conference can immediately be dealt with in greater depth at the Fair on the basis of exhibitors’ concrete examples and thus be related to one’s own specific needs. This concept, says Brun, will move the NanoEurope closer than ever to the marketplace. He believes it will diminish the scientific aspect of the Conferences and instead place a much greater emphasis on the commercialization of nanotechnology. He is certain that the quality of the Conference subjects stands to gain from this focus on the daily topics.
Patrons have high expectations
The patrons expect a lot of the NanoEurope Conferences. For example, nanotechnology is a cross-industrial technology of enormous significance to the plastics industry. Heinz Rischgasser, general manager of the KVS, expects a broad mutual raising of awareness between the world of business and the scientific community. For Manfred Bickel from the Swiss Textile Federation, it is absolutely essential that Swiss industry as well as science remain at the forefront of nanotechnology. “We are in the top league, and that’s the way it must stay,” he says. Not least, he believes that the NanoEurope will also allow an international exchange to take place that will benefit the local textile industry.
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