14 - 18 October 2018

Bilbao, Spain

It has been brought to our attention that various third party companies have been contacting Euro PM2018 exhibition personnel with regards to hotel reservations in Bilbao. Please note that these companies have not been authorised to handle hotel accommodation for the Euro PM2018 Congress & Exhibition, and are not affiliated with the event, nor EPMA in any way. Although they may appear very knowledgeable about both the event and the hotels in Bilbao, we advise delegates and exhibitors to not use such companies and to be alert should they receive such a telephone call or email.

An advance reservation of rooms has been made for Euro PM2018 delegates by Bco Congresos, details of which are available on the Hotel Information page.

To book your hotel accommodation, please book via the Bco Congresos service, or book through your preferred and trusted travel agent or booking website.

Industry Tours

Tours are available to all registered delegates and exhibition stand personnel. Places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Tours can be booked during the online registration process.

NB: Restrictions may apply and tour attendance will be subject to the host company's approval. Tours are subject to attendance minimums.

Thursday 18 October

AICLocation: Amorebieta-Etxano, Spain

Time: Depart BEC at 09:00 returning to BEC by 12.30 approx.

Cost: €25 to cover the coach transfer (Includes 21% Spanish VAT)

Website: www.aicenter.eu

About: The AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center is a unique value-generation centre for the automotive sector based on a concept of open innovation in which companies improve their competitiveness through co-operation. Using a market-oriented approach, AIC integrates knowledge, training, technology and industrial development in the same facilities.

The Tour: Visitors will see a presentation of the Basque Automotive Cluster followed by a presentation of AIC-Automotive Intelligence Centre and its Competence Centres: VDC and ASF. The ASF- Automotive Smart Factory is a competence centre specializing in advanced manufacturing providing integral services for the implementation of industry 4.0. The ASF addresses advanced manufacturing strategies for the industry, assessing the impact of implementing these strategies, providing specific or turn-key engineering services and advanced manufacturing training programs. The VDC- Virtual Development Center aims to be a reference in virtual design, development and validation of systems embedded in tomorrow`s vehicle. Starting from component or system modelling all the way to driver-in-the-loop simulation, the centre is able to assist companies in their development process at various stages.

Note: This tour showcases the application of concepts discussed in the planning of Sisterplant and can be seen implemented in a small scale factory here.

AIC - Automotive Intelligence Centre Exterior


Location: San Sebastian, Spain

Time: Depart BEC at 09:00 returning to BEC by 14.30 approx.

Cost: €25 to cover the coach transfer (Includes 21% Spanish VAT)

Website: www.ceit.es / www.tecnalia.com/sinterfast / www.tecnalia.com/binderjetting

About: A combined tour to Ceit and Tecnalia whose installations are 10 minutes apart from each other by bus. spending 1 to 1.5 Hours in each resarch centre will make a guided visit with a total duration of 2 to 3 hours.

The Tour:
Ceit-IK4 is a private non-profit research centre, with 250 researchers, organised in three vertical Divisions: Materials and Manufacturing (MM), Transport and Energy (TE), Water and Health (WH), intersecting a transversal fourth Division on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This structure allows providing integral solutions to industry providing the benefits of digitalization in these domains. Within the Materials and Manufacturing Division, the PM research group with an experience of more than 35 provides support to national and international industries carrying out research under contract. Counting with 36 researchers this is the leading PM group in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, covering activities along the whole chain of the PM process including powder production. The group covers a wide range of metallic alloys, hard materials and ceramics.

The delegates will be guided through the installations covering gas and water atomisation, Modelling, Laser Metal Deposition (LMD), AM, Vision and Robotics, Non Destructive Testing (NDT), as well as a wide range of Sintering furnaces, HIPing, Microstructural and Mechanical characterisation facilities.

TECNALIA is the leading private and independent research and technology organisation in Spain and one of the largest in Europe, employing over 1300 people (202 PhDs) and with income of over 100 Million € in 2017. TECNALIA Research & Innovation is based on Business Divisions of a sectorial nature. In them market orientation and specialization are the identifying traits. TECNALIA has 7 Business Divisions, made up of multi-disciplinary teams which optimize our offer to different strategic sectors: Sustainable Construction, Energy and Environment, Innovation Strategies, ICT- European software institute, Industry and Transport, Health and Technological Services.

The delegates visiting TECNALIA will have the opportunity to see advanced manufacturing processes for many different materials and applications. The visit will offer a close look into Industry 4.0 concept: processes (including additive manufacturing capabilities), automation; and new materials development. Demonstrators developed with cutting edged technologies for difference industrial sectors (aerospace, automotive, energy, and so on) will be shown.

CEIT-IK4 Exterior

Tecnalia Exterior


Social Tours

If you would like to take in some sights in and around Bilbao, the local company STI Servicios Turisticos Integrales organises regular tours that visitors to Bilbao can enjoy, see their website for details of tours, dates and fees: www.stipaisvasco.com

EPMA have been made aware that certain companies are sending out spam emails claiming to be selling data relating to EuroPM2018. Any information claiming to be held by these such companies should be assumed as spam and any emails received from such companies should be deleted. EPMA does not sell any data, nor is it shared with such third parties.

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