Grafenberg, Germany -- Rampf, held an open day at its facility here in mid-October to showcase a number of its developments and expertise in reactive resins.
The day included a presentation from Claus Ehlers, Director Vehicle Concepts & Future Trends at Daimler who discussed how demand for vehicles will grow strongly in the future, but that there are challenges including: consumers' awareness of green issues, regulation by national and international institutions, the need for alternative drive technology and new materials due to rising raw materials prices, tougher competition as a result of globalization, and the fact that the emergence of additional megacities is reducing the amount of space available.
"These are challenges that must be addressed at all stages of the automotive value-added chain," said Ehlers. "I expect cooperation between manufacturers and suppliers to intensify in the international context in the future."
In the evening there was a visit by IHK-Netzwerk Automotive which aims to see the need to work more closely with manufacturers and each other in the future. The meeting was coordinated by Markus Nawroth, head of economics and regional economic policy at IHK Reutlingen, said Rampf.
The network aims to promote dialog between suppliers in the Neckar-Alb region to generate synergies and strengthen the area's economy.