Generative manufacturing processes are a future issue for all economic regions. The trade fair and User Conference on Rapid Technology, the Rapid.Tech, attracted numerous international trade visitors last year. Discussions with Prof. Jozef Gawlik, Dean of the Technical University of Cracow, fell on such fertile ground that more than 20 top-class Polish scientists and economists will be coming to Erfurt for the Rapid.Tech 2007.
"Eastern Europe is an exciting growth market offering economic impulses for Thuringia, too", is how Johann Fuchsgruber, Manager of the Board at Messe Erfurt AG, emphasises the importance of Poland as a partner country for the Rapid.Tech. The international exchange of information and experience will also become more dynamic as a result. After all, the entire range of technologies, innovations and trends relating to Rapid Manufacturing will be represented at the trade fair. Apart from the practical trade exhibition, the User Conference and Technical Designer Day will also be taking place in parallel. In particular in view of the not-too-distant region of Krakow, co-operation with companies in Thuringia is important. "Thuringian companies already actively avail of our offers concerning employee qualification for trans-national collaboration in order to prepare themselves better for tapping new markets and securing their competitive position", explains Detlef Reuter from the Erfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Prof. Jozef Gawlik regards the trade fair in general as a successful commercial/scientific event: "Personally, I discovered a new business opportunity during the Rapid.Tech in 2006. The range of presentations was also very interesting and, what was of great significance for me, adapted to the users' needs." On 22 and 23 May 2007, Prof. Gawlik will also have the opportunity to converse with numerous of his countrymen in Erfurt as the following companies and representatives from our partner country Poland have announced their participation:
Car Technology, Cracow
Instytut Odlewnictwa / Foundry Research Institute), Cracow
Bosch & Siemens Hausgeräte, Research und Design Centre in Lodz
Technical University of Warsaw, Institute of Mechanics and Construction: Prof. Bossak, Prof. Kaczorowski-Baier, Prof. Korolewska-Mroz
Breslau Technical University, Institute of Mechanics and Construction: Prof. Edward Chlebus
Technical University of Cracow: Prof. Jozef Gawlik, Prof. Sladek, Prof. Uhl
These representatives of the Polish university landscape are also researchers and service-providers in the areas of Rapid Prototyping, Tooling and Manufacturing. They co-operate closely with users as well as collaborating with numerous European companies.