Congress Program

A comprehensive specialist program is a central component of the international VDI PIAE congress (previously VDI Mannheim). Look forward to more than 50 relevant presentations concerning plastic applications in automotive engineering in 2019!

PIAE 2019: our new concept – developed by you!

Visit the next VDI PIAE congress and discover our innovative, revised event concept. A concept that is based primarily on your feedback. Your efforts in completing our survey and your frank openness have provided the basis for our new orientation. In many telephone conversations with you, we’ve determined the key ideas for the blueprint of the new PIAE congress. You want more interaction? We’re more than happy to oblige! 2019 will see the end of forward-facing lectures.

Several short workshops, discussion sessions and world cafés all about exciting topics in the field of plastics will supplement our high-quality presentation program. These new and diverse formats will start the conversation between you and other experts and give you valuable insights into a variety of themes. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the newly established Workshop Zone – and to hear your valuable feedback once again!

Main Themes

  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • The plastics industry in Asia
  • Vehicle concepts
  • Production methods
  • Connection technology
  • Lighting
  • Process technology
  • Function integration
  • Simulation and testing
  • Lightweight engineering

How can I imagine these new formats?


In around 60 minutes, you meet with your interest group and consider a specific, technical topic. Cooperation, interaction and knowledge transfer are key. Then at the end you can take the opportunity to further intensify your discussion with other participants.

Discussion sessions

Opinions differ. But that’s what makes hearing them interesting. In our new, public discussion session bring experts together to discuss polarizing topics. Use the opportunity to ask questions through our new, interactive discussion tool.

World Cafés

You’d rather discuss in a smaller group? That’s certainly possible in our new World Café format. Changing themes, changing participants and the chance to express your own opinion. This is another ideal place to get the conversation started and to meet experts in a flash.


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