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.

With over 60 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, great cars and a modern coffee bar will complement the existing exhibition. You can very much look forward to great new opportunities at PIAE 2023.

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.

A good mixture of workshops, world cafés and presentations

In 2023, 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 60 national and international companies present innovative solutions in plastics technology for the automotive industry. You will be able to study the plastic components directly on vehicles in the exhibition, where current models and concept studies are showcased. 

Media Partners 2023


Eventnumber: 01TA701

PIAE Plastics in Automotive Engineering


Congress Center Rosengarten*

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


1.490,– € plus VAT

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