JEC Composites Show 2002 a Great Success

23 April 2002

The JEC Composites Show 2002 was held April 9-11 2002 at the Paris Expo fairgrounds. The Show was hailed as a thorough success despite a difficult economic context for several segments of the composites industry, in particular aeronautics and electricity/electronics.

Organiser JEC SA gathered together 839 exhibitor companies, compared to 760 in 2001. The rate of international participation climbed from 68% in 2001 to 72% this year, and 35% of new exhibitors were processors, compared to 27% in 2001.There were strides made on the visitor side as well, with 20,681 visitors (compared to 18,801 in 2001) and an exceptional rate of international participation, with 59% of visitors from abroad.

The JEC Awards 2002 were awarded in the course of an exceptional soirée held on the occasion of JEC Composites Show 2002, on April 9 at Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles).

Open to companies from all over the world which have developed an exemplary “composite solution” in terms of technical quality and market openings, the competition of the JEC AWARDS competition has rewarded successful partnerships selected among the four following categories: Transport, Infrastructure, Industry and Sports & Leisure.

Winner of The Transport Category
Apatech and partners PA Steklovolokno, Hexcel Composites and Department of way and facilities of the Russian Railway Ministry, for an electrically insulating railway track coupling system that includes fishplates in composite materials.

Winner of the Infrastructure Category
AGY Advanced Glassfiber Yarns and partners Owens Corning Corp and an optic cable manufacturer, for rods for fibre optic cable core.

Winner of The Industry Category
Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie and partners Dieffenbacher, Dow, WFS, Polymer-Tec, Menzolit-Fibron, Forschung Zentrum Jülich, Leistritz and BMW, for a compounding and continuous production process for mass-produced long-fibre reinforced thermoplastic parts.

Winner of the Sports and Leisure Category
Vyatek Sports and partners Fujikura Composites, A&P Technology, Newport Adhesives and Composites and Latex Technology, for «Isogrid Technology», a tube manufacturing process that combines a reinforcing structure and an outer skin that are assembled in a mould (first applications to come: bicycles, golf clubs, arrows, etc.).

Since 1998, the JEC Awards have rewarded the best processes, products and applications using composite materials. The very different profiles of the companies nominated and their partners (from the small firm to the multinational company, from the architect to the materials producer) have shown the wealth and great diversity of the composite industry. Over the past 5 years, around 650 candidates have joined the competition, coming from all over the world (including the US, Germany, France, Brazil, Israel, the United Kingdom, Sweden, China, Japan…).

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