PIAE – International professional congress for plastics in cars

The marketplace of your industry for over 40 years

The world’s largest congress for plastics experts in the automotive industry has been looking into current plastics applications and their uses in exteriors, interiors, engines, materials and technologies for over 40 years. Nevertheless, this longstanding history of our congress is not the only reason to attend. This year we have redesigned the event based on your precious feedback. PIAE is getting more interactive and will feature more hands-on elements offering great new values to you!

With over 120 exhibitors along the entire value chain, the exhibition offers the ideal opportunity for networking with specialists. There is simply no other material that comes close to plastic when it comes to efficiency, flexibility, functionality and the design of surfaces. A jobwall, guided tours, a new mobility area and a modern coffee bar will complement the existing exhibition. You can very much look forward to our great new opportunities at PIAE 2019.

When it comes to applications in cars, plastics can be tailored exactly in terms of design and comfort and in products that provide a welcoming feeling, thanks to their unique manufacturing and processing characteristics. This is important because products such as cars and commercial vehicles are no longer just devices to cover distances, they’re also workspaces. Therefore, plastics in cars are becoming increasingly important.

Good reasons for PIAE

The largest industry get-together

For 42 years, the VDI PIAE congress has been the largest industry meeting for plastic users in the automotive industry. Take part and meet leading plastics experts, partners, clients and old contacts. The focal points are networking, knowledge transfer and new impulses for the future.

New presentation concept – designed by you!

We’ve created a new design for the presentation concept based on your feedback. In 2019, you’ll find 2 presentation strands running at the same time, accompanied by several interactive workshops, discussions and world cafés. Learn and discuss new mobility trends, the development of the plastics market in Asia, as well as the construction of complex structural components made from renewable resources. We were also able to substantially increase the quality of the presentations with a call for papers.

A total of 1,400 participants from the entire value chain

With 1,400 visitors per year, the VDI PIAE congress is the world’s largest industry meet for plastic applications automotive technology. We look forward to welcoming visitors from Germany, Europe and all over the world. Don’t miss the chance to engage with representatives from the entire value chain!

Vast, interactive trade exhibition

In the foyer of the congress center, over 120 national and international companies present innovative solutions in plastics technology for the automotive industry. A new hands-on area will give you the opportunity to touch items and try out concepts. You will be able to study the plastic components directly on vehicles in the newly designed auto salon, where current models and concept studies are showcased. In 2019, you’ll also be able to look forward to the new Future Zone here, which will including new mobility concepts, as well as a job wall and exciting guided tours.

2 exclusive & limited evening get-togethers

Before the first day of the event, we welcome you to a relaxed and communicative evening get-together at the Manufaktur Mannheim as part of the “Automotive Night”. On the first day of the event, we have organized the first PIAE Las Vegas after party. This is limited to just 800 participants and takes place at Mannheim’s Luisenpark. The after party takes you into the bright colors and glitz of the casino world. Enjoy relaxed discussions with clients and partners in quiet lounge areas as well as song, dance, casino games and an American buffet. Available to book now!

Free of charge whitepaper download

Challenges of the Future Mobility and their impacts on the Polymers GROUPE RENAULT' point of view
Author: Gérard Liraut; Polymers Expert Leader; GROUPE RENAULT

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Eventnumber: 01TA701

PIAE Plastics in Automotive Engineering


Congress Center Rosengarten*

Rosengartenplatz 2,
68161 Mannheim
+49 621/4106-0 to website


1.420,– € plus 19% VAT

Take advantage of the block of rooms we have reserved for guests at the event location. Please list VDI Wissensforum as a reference when making your hotel booking.