Lightweight at ZOW 2016

Hall 22.1 will be resplendent in a completely new look at the forthcoming ZOW. New carpeting, a different coloured ceiling covering with LED lighting as well as newly-designed modules will give the location a breath of fresh air in terms of its appearance. The restructuring of the hall is completed by the addition of three special exhibition areas in which the issue of lightweight engineering will be dealt with from various perspectives. The networking aspect of the show is clearly recognisable from the igeL exhibition space, the lightweight table as well as the Light&Function area, whereby the workshop character of ZOW will be reinterprete.

Lightweight at ZOW 2016

Lightweight table

Measuring around 25 metres in length, the gently curved lightweight table of OWL University of Applied Sciences serves as a visual highlight and anchor point of the overall special exhibition area in Hall 22.1. On account of its central location, the table connects the igeL special exhibition space with the Light&Function space and invites the participants in the show to engage in stimulating discussions and to exchange ideas and information. A diverse range of lightweight materials, fittings and other information on the subject of lightweight engineering will be showcased in some 100 boxes whose organic structure is in keeping with the stand design of the igeL special exhibition space.


Special exhibition space igeL

A further optical highlight are the bionically shaped trade fair stands of the igeL special exhibition space at which the members of the joint venture Leichtbau e.V. will be presenting their lightweight products and materials. The entire spectrum of expertise in lightweight engineering will be covered by exhibitors including Hunger, Jowat, Becker Sondermaschinenbau, Henkel, Honicel, ThermHex, Würth/Lightweight Solutions or 3A Composites. Moreover, fascinating lectures on lightweight construction will be awaiting visitors to the fair at the adjacent Speakers' Corner.


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In addition to established and innovative lightweight components, the special exhibition space Light&Function organised and staged in association with OTT-DESIGN will also be showcasing the functional integration of acoustics, lighting, media technology as well as touch, sensory and sound functions. The space will accommodate up to 14 stand-alone booths where interested and selected partners will be presenting other trend-setting products and their applications, such as integrated induction or sensor modules, whereby the presentation is not intended to purely demonstrate the functions of these products but rather as an innovative solitary object in a realistic environment.

Bioplastics at ZOW 2016

Plastics on the basis of renewable raw materials are currently en vogue, and there is also a growing interest in the furniture industry in the substitution of plastics and composites derived from fossil fuels. The latest projects and developments demonstrate a wide range of possibilities for application, which can be employed both in the furniture industry and in the area of interior fittings. These artificial materials are, for instance, already used for handles and fittings, heavy-duty feet for built-in furniture, bathroom and outdoor furniture as well as for lightweight construction concepts. In Hall 21 on the exhibition space "Bioplastics", Leading-edge Cluster BioEconomy Mitteldeutschland - whose members include large corporate groups, innovative SMEs and well-respected research institutes such Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - will be showcasing an extensive selection of interesting exhibits from the field of biobased polymers. Furthermore, the experts within this Leading-edge Cluster will be providing information on the current situation, showing possibilities for the application of bioplastics and reporting on the demands made on this material.

Exhibition essence | kitchen at ZOW 2016

Maximum efficiency in a minimum amount of space – this was the approach taken by Viennese architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky when designing the "Frankfurt Kitchen" in the mid-1920s. Its special feature was that it was heavily based on industrial work stations in which the distances covered by employees in the performance of their tasks were minimised and all of the important things are within easy reach. In addition to the rationalisation of the various processes, it was also necessary to minimise manufacturing costs, which was achieved by configuring the kitchen from standardised modules. Although the demands made on kitchens have fundamentally changed since this time, the principles of the "Frankfurt Kitchen" can still be found in many kitchens to this day. Students at the Detmold College of Architecture and Interior Design (OWL University of Applied Sciences) have been scrutinising a historical version of this kitchen in order to develop creative design concepts for a trend-setting kitchen culture. The findings of this process will be presented alongside the original kitchen in the exhibition essence | kitchen in Hall 22.1 at the forthcoming ZOW.

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ZOW_trend – more inspiration

Over a 500 m² area in hall 20, design specific to particular business sectors is presented in the context of a society in a state of flux. Three areas, arranged according to subject matter, and called ON, OFF and ON/OFF visually represent the furniture design of the future.

Lecture Programme at ZOW 2016

Experts from a variety of disciplines will be holding talks on issues affecting the industry in the central ZOW_update lecture forum in Hall 21. The speakers will provide food for thought and invite the audience to broaden their knowledge.


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