JEC World 2018 records profound increase in attendance
Courtesy: JEC Composite
JEC World 2018, the global composites industry expo, which was held from March 6 to 8, 2018, in France, Paris, closed its doors with a record increase in attendance resuming three days of vibrant networking and knowledge sharing. The show welcomed more than 1,300 exhibitors from every continent and counted 42,445 professional visits from 115 countries.
The event confirms its leading position of JEC Group as number one organisation for the promotion and development of the composites industry.
Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group president and CEO said, “The ability of JEC Group to gather the whole composites industry under one roof over 3 days lies in the fact that we always initiate new precursory programmes to the service of composites professionals. This year, we initiated new programmes, for instance the Composite Challenge allowing ten PhD students to pitch their thesis in front of the industry, thus facilitating connections between students and industrialists. In the same spirit, we increased in power our Start Up Booster and Innovation Award programmes to accelerate relations between young or innovative companies with investors or established enterprises.”
Mutel added, “We also introduced one new planet called “Make it Real” along with the aero, auto, and construction planets. In this planet, we could discover astonishing futuristic products for example the Aeromobil, a flying car that would revolutionise urban transportation in the near future. We launched our new book on ‘Natural Fibers: Flax and Hemp’. We had strong communications on Composites Environmental Input and Recycling.”
The event was the first event to promote and host the new “French Fab”, a French government initiative to internationally promote the French Industry and Manufacture.
Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop opened the Start Up Booster ceremony by supporting the spirit of ingenuity in the Industry. Dayton Horvath, industry expert and consultant in additive manufacturing, presented his vision of how to apply artificial intelligence to composite materials and manufacturing. Finally, Yves Rossy, the “jetman” using the latest carbon-fibre wings for flight introduced the JEC Innovation awards ceremony, motivating the audience to pursue their dreams and explaining how composites could made his dreams come true.
A first at the show this year was the introduction of the public votes to elect the favourite projects among two JEC programmes promoting innovation.
The public choice award for Start Up Booster was given to Inca-Fiber from Germany and the public choice award for JEC Innovation Awards was given to Infusion technology for an aircraft wing by AeroComposit JSC from Russia. (GK)
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