Fibre-reinforced composites are among the materials of the future. The composites are in demand thanks to their slight weight and enormous durability not only in the aerospace industry. The automobile industry, mechanical and plant engineering, and wind energy technology have high expectations for this material. The turnover trend for lightweight construction parts is already pointing up sharply. With their automated manufacture, composite parts are finally going to soar to new heights. Consequently, Automatica 2012, which will take place on the grounds of the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 22 to 25 May, has declared "Automated Composite Production" as one of its major topics. The International Trade Fair for Automation and Mechatronics is going to contribute with a variety of events to master the challenge of automated production of lightweight construction parts made of fibre-reinforced materials.