The third edition of the International Conference on Composites will focus on bio-based composites and on the reuse and recycling of composite materials.  

With a programme ranging "from revolutionary ideas to pragmatic applications", speakers from research institutes, universities and high-tech companies across Europe will capture your attention as they present the latest research into the more sustainable use of advanced materials.

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On the second day of the conference, the results of the Meuse-Rhine Interreg project AACOMA will be highlighted and discussed.
Attending the AACOMA closing event is free of charge. Registration is required (see below).



20 September Morning session

9.00    Registration 

9.30    Welcome and Introduction

Reuse of windmill blades in architecture
Ina-Marie Orawiec - OX2ARCHITEKTEN, Germany

Structural reuse of thermoset composites
Dr. Ir. Albert ten Busschen  - Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands 

Holistic processes for a cost-effective and sustainable management of end-of-life aircraft composite structures
Elke Demeyer – Centexbel, Belgium

10.45    Coffee Break

Thermo-compressed and injected biocomposites for automotive applications
Sofia Silva - CeNTI  Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, Portugal

Investigation of the interactions in the impregnation process of natural semi-finished fibre products
Lars Wollert - Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University ITA, Germany

Biobased glass-fibre sizings for degradable composites in medical and technical applications
Rudi Reichenbächer - Leibnitz Institut für Polymerforschung  IPF, Germany

Networking lunch

20 September Afternoon session

13.15    Pitch session: posters

13.45    Pitch session: Companies

Plasma activation and powder impregnation of carbon fibre tapes for thermoplastic composites
Patrick Böhler - Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University ITA, Germany

Testing composites curing kinetics - mechanical behaviour under different conditions, matrix development support, fibre-to-matrix adhesion
Maarten Debrouwere - Benelux Scientific, Belgium

SQRTM process: an innovative out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing process to enhanced CFRP versatility, quality and functionality

Alain Leroy - COEXPAIR, Belgium

15.05    Coffee Break

An experimental investigation of static and dynamic mechanical properties of different ply orientations of carbon fibre reinforced composites under elevated service temperatures
Fetiye Esin YAKIN – KordSA, Turkey

Flame and ageing resistant biocomposites

Fibre sizings for improved mechanical performance of glass and carbon fibres, yarns and composites
Christina Scheffler -  Leibnitz Institut für Polymerforschung  IPF , Germany

16.30    End of the first conference day

21 September Morning session

9.30 Natural and bio-based comingled yarns as intermediate solutions for composite materials
Cristina Oliveira – CITEVE, Portugal

Sustainable structural sandwiches and hollow composites parts
Frederik Goethals – Centexbel, Belgium

Sustainable self-charging power systems developed by inkjet printing
Gertrude Kignelman – Centexbel, Belgium

Coffee Break

Interphase modification by sizings in glass fibre/epoxy composites
Andrea Bercini Martins - Leibnitz Institut für Polymerforschung IPF, Germany

Towards a more sustainable advanced future mineral reinforcement
Bernard Voss - ISOMATEX, Belgium

Modelling the braiding process and braid-reinforced composite materials
Michael Bruyneel – GDTECH, Belgium

12.00 Networking lunch


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AACOMA Closing Event 

21 September 2023 - afternoon session

12:00 Walking lunch

13:00 Welcome and Introduction
Michael Effing – Partner AMAC

13:05 The Word to Interreg Meuse-Rhin Management
Representative from INTERREG EMR management 

Objectives and Project Achievements
Bernard Paquet – project coordinator - Partner Centexbel

Lessons learned 

  • Composite Community in MR
    Michael Effing - Partner AMAC

  • Gaps analysis/Roadmap based on companies’ feedback
    Yolanda Dams – Partner FlandersMake

  • Demonstration of advanced technologies
    Louis Dehaybe – Partner ULiège
    Baptiste Herlin – Partner Centexbel
    Naveen Balakrishnan – Partner UMaastricht (AMIBM)
    Ahmed Elmahdi - Partner FlandersMake

14:30 Live demonstrator show

15:00 Networking Drink

Participation fees


Attending the AACOMA closing event is free of charge. Registration is required (see below).



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Park Inn by Radisson Liège Airport 

14 Rue De L'Aeroport, Grâce-Hollogne, BE-4460, Belgium

The hotel is located near Liège Airport (LGG) and close to places like the Liege Airport Business Park, the Palais des Congrès Convention Centre and Liège Logistics, and Centexbel-Grâce-Hollogne!

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Conference management

The conference is organised by Centexbel.