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A European for the first time: SVC presidency goes to the Fraunhofer IST in Braunschweig15.05.2014 - (idw) Fraunhofer-Institut für Schicht- und Oberflächentechnik IST
On May 5th, 2014 at the prestigious technological conference of the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) in Chicago, Prof. Wolfgang Diehl, deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, was appointed president of the society for a term of office extending until 2016. In all the conference's 57 years of existence, this is the first time that a European has held this important office.
As deputy director of the institute and a renowned expert in the field of vacuum coating, Wolfgang Diehl has over past years been a very active and dedicated participant in various SVC committees and rendered outstanding services to the success of the society and the conference. He has great plans for his term of office: the most important project at present is to organize a common venue and time for both SVC TechCon and another conference which is also important for many attendees, the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films ICMCT. This will benefit both conferences, says Diehl, as not only will visitors and exhibitors save on time and traveling costs but they will also profit from a broader coverage and a more intensive interaction between industry, universities and research institutes - and also at the international level. It is especially important to the new president that the identity and culture of these two long-established conferences be retained even in the planned combination of events.
The annual SVC TechCon and its accompanying technical exhibition offers an international platform for all representatives from industry and research who are interested in vacuum coating and surface treatment ranging from the plant manufacturer and coating developer to the end user. Alongside the establishment of a forum focused on surface treatment and coating, one important goal is training and further training. To this end the SVC offers special programs for the upcoming generation of scientists and those with a professional interest.
As an industry-oriented R&D service center the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST bundles skills and expertise in the fields of coating production, coating application, coating characterization and surface analysis. The aim is to provide the surfaces of the most diverse substrate materials with new or improved functions so as to create innovative products in line with market requirements. The Fraunhofer IST is one of the sixty-seven institutes of the Fraunhofer Society, Europe's leading research organization, and with its 119 employees has an operating budget of 11.6 million euros.
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