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JEC 2005: Show of Innovation

01 April 2005

The JEC composites show opens its doors on Tuesday 5th April at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, with the latest innovations in the composites industry exhibited to an anticipated 22,000 worldwide visitors.

With the JEC show now firmly established as a regular feature in the worldwide composites calendar, we look forward to another exhibition featuring the latest industry innovations and products developments. Promoting the show as a vehicle for championing innovation, with the JEC Show Innovation Award Winners already revealed, the innovation theme is extended further with the addition of a new Jec show feature the Innovation Gallery, which will exhibit a set of 50 most innovative applications from all sectors.

The innovations will be exhibited by some 890 worldwide organisations/companies who have already confirmed a stand on the exhibition floor, and with more than 22 000 visitors expected from all over the world, this years show is expected to be a show rich in events: 4 end-users forums, including a new one on Ground Mass Transportation; the JEC Award ceremony, opened to the public for the first time (Tuesday April 5 at 5 PM, Auditorium); and the JEC Award retrospective from the very first ceremony in the JEC Gallery.

As JEC General Manager Frédérique Mutel said: ""The 2005 exhibition demonstrates the newest trends of our industry: advancements in calculation and modelization software, an extensive use of carbon fibre especially for huge structural parts in transportation and civil engineering, lively growth for thermoset composites, a growing use of thermoplastic resins, continuing development of closed-mould techniques, an increasing use of renewable raw materials"".

Speaking to Frédérique Mutel earlier this week, Frédérique told Netcomposites that the reason for JEC’s increasing popularity is because of its “clear strategy which was founded in 1997: to become the Planetary Village of Composites, to federate all the composite actors from all segments and all parts of the world”, adding that such an ambition was relatively audacious for “motivating such a heterogeneous and scattered industry”.

Commenting on the features of this years show, Frédérique said that this years show will “highlight a growing use of thermoplastic resins and semi-finished products, a more widespread use of carbon fibre, lively growth for thermoset composites, more and more high-tech applications, continuing development of closed-mould techniques, and an increasing use of renewable raw materials.”

Not satisfied with maintaining the platform between the industry and the end-users from the aero, auto, marine, building, energy, sports & leisure… sectors, Frédérique states that, on the eve of what should be the most successful JEC show yet (“2 to 3 times bigger than its competitors in terms of international exhibitors, visitors and journalists”), the position that JEC now holds is the reward of ten years hard work: “But nothing is never won. There still remains a lot to do”.





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