At PIAE 2018 decision-makers from all over the world gathered in the familiar way to take advantage of the world's largest conference on the topic of plastics in the automotive industry as a platform for information, discussions and networking. The main topic this year revolved around the demands made on the plastics industry by automotive megatrends. Lectures were given in the fields of the vehicle interior and exterior, lightweight construction, design and e-mobility.
The topic of commercial vehicles also returned with a whole series of lectures. For a number of years now, this, like ‘Automotive Night’ on the eve of the conference, has been a permanent feature and enjoys great popularity.
With around 1400 participants and 120 exhibitors from 14 countries, the event even under a new name continues its 40-year success story. Since rebadging from KIA (Kunststoffe im Automobilbau) to PIAE (Plastics in Automotive Engineering), its international orientation is now also reflected in the name. The PIAE thereby acknowledges a significant increase in visitors and exhibitors from abroad. In 2019 the PIAE will be held in in Mannheim from April 3rd to 4th