W3+ Fair/ Convention: Talking to Airbus, Dioptic, Schunk and other technology experts


Scientists, developers, producers and users from the optics, electronics and mechanics sectors will meet again in February 2019 for networking and new business at the W3+ Fair/ Convention in Wetzlar. In addition to the informative exhibition, a high-class lecture program will be offered, including Key Note lectures by Airbus Operations, Dioptic, Schunk and the ELI Beamlines laser project. Pupils and students are expected on Student Day. Tickets are now available at www.w3-wetzlar.com/en/Visitor/tickets_prices/.

Hamburg, 30 January 2019 – On 25 and 26 February 2019, the Rittal Arena Wetzlar will be reserved for national and international experts in precision technologies. Then the W3+ Fair/ Convention trade fair (www.w3-fair.com) will once again be inviting experts to exchange views and network. World market leaders and hidden champions have registered for the fair, including Ametek, Bühler, Zeiss, Coherent, Harmonic Drive, Hiwin, Lang, Nikon, Pfeiffer Vaccum, and WZW Optic. The Innovation Areas Additive Production/ 3D Printing – supported by HTAI/ Technologieland Hessen – and Microtechnologies for Optical Devices – organized by IVAM International Microtechnology Network – invite visitors to learn about the latest developments in the fields. The supporting programme, most of which is open to the public, features interesting speakers and topics: Key note speakers will include Jean-Michel Asfour from Dioptic, Bastian Schäfer from Airbus Operations, Ruth Houbertz from Multiphoton Optics, Philipp Gingter from Schunk Ingenieurkeramik, Stefan Beyer from Vario Optic and Roberto Knoth from LightTrans to share their knowledge. Tickets are now available in the ticket shop. The day ticket for the trade fair and supporting programme costs 25 euros, and those who wish to attend the event on both days pay 40 euros. Admission is free for pupils and students.

IVAM Lecture Series, EPIC TechWatch and BME Purchasing Manager Breakfast

The International Microtechnology Network IVAM will accompany its Special Area on the first day of the trade fair with a series of lectures by FRT, Sentech and NTS-Systems Development. At „EPIC TechWatch“, organized by the European Photonics Industry Consortium, 25 companies, including Avantes, Aerotech and Delta Optical Thin Film, will give short presentations on the current state of the art and its challenges. The BME, Association Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics, uses the interdisciplinary environment and invites its members to a breakfast for purchasing managers. The current status of the development is presented by the EU laser project ELI Beamlines, which is based in the Czech Republic. „The strongest laser of the world“ explains, which need there is and for which enterprises participation could be of interest.

Recruiting opportunities at Student Day, Meet & Match with Xuchang and current university research

On the second day of the fair, the organiser expects around 300 pupils and students to attend Student Day. Companies and junior staff can make their first contacts here. jobvector, the specialised online jobboard for scientists, physicians, IT specialists and engineers, will help to recruit new specialists or take the next career steps. The official meeting place is the Jobwall.

Chinese companies from the model region of Xuchang will be in contact with interested parties at the Meet & Match. The meeting will be organised by RSBK, the strategy consultancy of former Defence Minister Scharping. In addition an international Business Matching with representatives from more than 10 countries takes place, which is accomplished by Mittelhessen’s regional management association.

The Campus Area is reserved for university research: Among others, the THM Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen and the Ernst Abbe Hochschule Jena present their latest scientific findings there.

Around 200 exhibitors and partners as well as over 3000 visitors are expected at the W3+ Fair/ Convention. „The high-tech market is developing rapidly. The fair wants to give impulses for the necessary innovations. The advantage for visitors is that they can gain an overview in the shortest possible time and initiate cross-sector contacts for new projects. This is just as true for Wetzlar as it is for our new event in September in the Rhine Valley,“ confirms Jörg Brück, Project Director at trade fair organiser Fleet Events.

More information, pictures and ticket shop on www.w3-fair.com

We cordially invite all interested journalists to the W3+ Fair/Convention. Please accredit yourself on www.w3-wetzlar.com/en/Press/Accreditation/

About the W3+ Fair/Convention

The event is the result of an industrial initiative in Wetzlar and Central Hessen that aims to promote networking between the three sectors of optics, electronics and mechanics. New interfaces are to be used to launch forward-looking technologies. The fair took place for the first time in February 2014 in the Rittal Arena in Wetzlar. The W3+ Fair/Convention is organised by the Hamburg trade fair organiser FLEET Events (www.fleet-events.de). The namesake Wetzlar Network (www.wetzlar-network.de) and the European Photonics Industry Consortium EPIC (www.epic-assoc.com) will be there as gold partners. New is the W3+ Fair/Convention Rheintal, which will take place for the first time on 18 + 19 September 2019 in the quadrangle of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany. EPIC and Swissphotonics are gold partners here.

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