Bayreuth, June 6th of 2010. The FIFA World Cup will start on June 11th. Time to celebrate! And what could be a better party warm-up than the 4th birthday of the EPP forum? Granted, there are no stirring goal-scoring chances and penalty kicks to admire. However, the EPP forum would at least have deserved the title "world champion of innovation" for a series of exciting events which can be harkened back to therefore!

Starting shot for the EPP forum
The EPP forum was founded in Bayreuth on June 6th of 2006. Next to scientific institutions, numerous businesses which were fully aware of the scope of the versatile material forced the foundation of the EPP forum. The target of the association: Increasing the level of awareness of expanded polypropylene and discovering new fields of application for this material.

A material in the offensive
On December 1st of 2006, the website of the EPP forum went online with nine different languages. Almost 150.000 pageviews have recorded impressively the growing interest in the material EPP to this day. Numerous events and projects followed which helped EPP regionally and trans-European to come to fame: Thus, Spielvereinigung Bayreuth has kicked on artificial turf made of EPP in the Hans-Walter-Wild-Stadium since 2009. The organization of the EPP Design Award, which has already taken place successfully twice, was the absolute highlight. In 2009/10, forty young designers and product developers responded to the call of the EPP forum and demonstrated their creativity in dealing with EPP by 61 entries. Regular visits of the most important trade fairs, like e.g. Ambiente 2008, EuroLITE and Materialica 2009 and 2010, have turned EPP from being an insider tip into the popular figure of the branch. Furthermore, informative meetings about expanded polypropylene have taken place again and again in the last four years: The first trade fair of the EPP forum was organized with more than 70 international specialists under the title "Passion leads to innovation" at Kompetenzzentrum Neue Materialien Bayreuth in 2007. The course of lectures "Design meets EPP" for example, which was organized by 10 top-class referees at Zollverein Essen on June 23rd of 2009, also proved popular.

Tip: For detailed information about four successful years of EPP forum just click through the EPP news! Since the foundation of the registered association, 36 news messages have emerged which reflect the development of the EPP forum chronologically. And to be always up to date, you have the possibility to look up all news and appointments of the EPP forum as of this year also on twitter, facebook and by RSS feed!