A letter from this year's Chair - John Davidson of Cygnet Texkimp

I invite you to join us from 11 - 13 October 2016 for Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre 2016.

Who should attend?

Because of the breadth of topics covered at GOCarbonFibre, those attending are usually from the full spectrum of the industry, from precursor polymerisation through to composite part. The conference is an ideal place for all interested parties; CEO’s and Managing Directors, Commercial and Technical Managers, Consultants, Technicians and Students, all will find something of interest.

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Why should I attend?

We try to structure the conference such that it has a general theme, whilst introducing new topics and speakers where possible to ensure we inject new blood into our knowledge pool. With this in mind, attendee’s, we hope, may gain new insights into old issues and learn of new directions our industry is taking, enabling them to go back and add value to their own organisation.

Whilst social media keeps everyone connected these days, there is no substitute for the face to face meeting and one of the major benefits of attending GoCarbonFibre is the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones. Not only that, it’ll get you out of the office for a few days and hopefully away from the stresses and strains of your normal day job!

Click here to find out why you can't afford to miss it >>

What will I learn about?

Attendees will hear about end user applications, with insights from OEM’s in aerospace, automotive, rail, sports equipment, construction, oil & gas, tooling, pressure vessels and more. We entice global carbon fibre players so that we can hear the latest thoughts from the leaders in this business, and what they see as the challenges for the future. Sometimes we have news of new entrants and who is investing in the sector, what their plans are and their routes to success. Engineers and Researchers are our mainstay and always bring new ideas to the conference, capturing the latest innovation in carbon fibre and composites manufacturing. 

A major challenge in our industry is recycling. Part of our conference is dedicated to recycling and reuse of both virgin and reclaimed fibres and their second generation application to provide attendees with the latest thinking and news.

During last year’s conference in Manchester one presentation in particular on carbon fibre standardisation seemed to exercise our attendees significantly. The topic of carbon fibre standardisation is obviously a much debated and talked about subject, so much so that we hope to continue the debate at this year’s conference. 

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Who will I meet?

Previous attendees include Volkswagon, Toyota, Procotex, Harper International, Land Rover Jaguar, Hexcel and Izumi International. Already confirmed to attend and present this October are Airbus Defence & Space, Imperial College London, CarbConsult, Kodak and more.

Click here to find out whose already confirmed to be there in 2016 >>

Anything else?

Whilst there are those among us who are born networkers, for many of us live events, and other people, can be a challenge. But breaking out of our comfort zones is just the type of action we need to take to break out of old ways of thinking that have got us in a rut in our businesses. There’s nothing like being in a room full of like-minded people. I always come away invigorated, full of new ideas and optimism.

But the most important thing is that we should have fun. Conferences are fun! The introverts amongst us may be rolling their eyes right now, but conferences provide such a unique opportunity with the coming together of networking, learning and fun, all rolled into one single event. A good conference forces us to grow and challenge ourselves.

So, come and join me! You can book your ticket here. I look forward to meeting you, this time in the city of Hannover, for what promises to be a most exciting event.

Best regards,

John Davidson

Product Director
Cygnet Texkimp