International Glass Fiber Symposium


The glass fibre-world meets at the International Glass Fiber Symposium in Aachen, Germany


Glass fibres are the most utilised high modulus fibres to strengthen fibre composite structures. They are used in about 90 percent of all fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP). The global production capacity for these high modulus fibres exceeds 4 million tons. 65 percent of the applications are in the transport industry, the sector of building & construction and the wind energy industry.Because of the excellent growth prospects and market conditions, the market for glass fibre manufacturers has been changing in the past years. New stakeholders, mainly from Asia, have joined the market. The demand of the industry for high modulus fibres is growing, especially in Asia. Furthermore, there have been a large number of new developments in the glass fibre industry, for example in the sector of glass composition and sizing. In this field the manufacturers differentiate; some focus on the mass market and others aims on the application of specially designed fibre types.

The high demand for glass fibres and the fast changing market situation induced the Institut für Textiltechnik of the RWTH Aachen University (ITA) in cooperation with the Institute of Mineral Engineering of RWTH Aachen University (GHI) to conduct the 3rd International Glass Fiber Symposium from October 17 to 19, 2016 in Aachen, Germany.

Aim of the conference

The aim of the conference is to build a bridge from the manufacturing of the glass fibres to the composite material users covering every intermediate step. For this reason, the International Glass Fiber Symposium is a unique conference worldwide. There will be producers as well as operators to exchange information on the latest developments in the field. Thereby, problems shall be discussed from the producers as well as the operators point-of-view in order to found new cooperation partners, to generate impulses for innovations and to set the basis for a successful network along the value added chain.

The symposium is a consequence of the successful cooperation of ITA and GHI and reflects the core capabilities of both institutes of RWTH Aachen University. The entire process chain beginning with the composition of the glass and ending with the completed FRP-component can be found in both institutes. Because of that, the connection of science and industrial transformation alongside the process chain is secured which is essential for innovation and growth.

Based on the fact that the International Glass Fiber Symposium refers especially to the field of glass fibres, an important gap is closed. Many conferences are aligned exclusively to topics like “carbon fibres” or generally focus on fibre composite structures. The topic “glass fibres” mostly takes a backseat and is never focused on its own although the market of high modulus fibres consists up to 90 percent of glass fibres.

This is the reason why the conference offers an ideal ground to cover the whole topic from raw material all the way to the end-product.