From automotive through aviation to urban mobility, industry experts and visionaries discussed challenges and trends, new market opportunities and technological possibilities at the ENGEL Mobility Days 2023 – supported by KTM Technologies – in Austria in mid-June. The two-day event with top-ranking keynote speakers and future-oriented machine exhibits combined and expanded the previous ENGEL conferences trend.scaut and Lightweight Future Day to create a new networking event.
"Let's spend two days completely rethinking mobility," said host Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, welcoming the more than 500 guests at the start of the ENGEL Mobility Days 2023. Mobility is becoming increasingly versatile, and this was not only reflected in the list of participants but also the conference program. The keynotes covered individual transport by car, (motor)bike or e-scooter, but also public transport by bus, train, people mover or air cab, as well as aerospace and logistics mobility solutions from the classic truck to drones. There is one thing that unites all sectors of mobility, and that is making mobility more sustainable.
Whether new drivetrain solutions or autonomous driving, these trends are fundamentally changing the mobility demands, requiring completely new material and manufacturing solutions in some cases. This presents significant opportunities for the injection molding industry. "Plastics will play an even more significant role in future mobility than they do today", as Franz Füreder, Business Unit Vice President Automotive & Mobility at ENGEL pointed out. "Polymer materials are lightweight and allow for gentle use of energy and raw materials. They can be processed very efficiently in injection molding, making innovative technologies accessible to the mass market." The ENGEL Mobility Days 2023 showcased numerous examples.