03 April 2009
03 April 2009
Despite a troubled global economic situation, innovative projects flourish in the composite sector, and this was corroborated by the busy 2009 session.
According to JEC, 1065 international companies and brand names participated (75% from abroad, 25% from France), with 46500m² of surface area this year, or 8% more area than in 2008 and 25500 visitors from 96 countries, with 65% from abroad and 35% from France.
“During a global crisis, there is much collective soul-searching. In the present crisis, we have opportunities. Standard strategies are being reassessed and put aside for new ideas, new organization and the more dynamic networks. The Show attracted many designers and engineers, and this year there were large numbers of visitors from end-user sectors. This is cause for optimism. Rapidly growing industries including renewable energies, wind energy, aerospace, construction and biocomposites exhibited many new applications.” said JEC President and CEO Frédérique Mutel.
In 2009, the Show proposed a new Programme of Business Meetings for exhibitors and specifiers. 200+ prestigious buyers – including Airbus, Alstom, Altor, Areva, Beneteau, Bugatti Gmbh, Dassault Aviation, Delsey, EADS, Eurocopter, Faurecia, Messier Dowty, Oceanward, Ratier Figeac, Safran, Thales, PSA, Repower Gmbh and more – participated.
Among visitors, four sectors recorded strong growth at this year’s session - Wind energy: +35%; Aerospace: +28%; Construction: +18%; Automotive: +16%.
JEC also signed a partnership agreement with leading German automation trade show Automatica in Munich on 8-11 June 2010 where JEC will organize a dedicated composite pavilion. SAMPE will organize a parallel technical conference.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
Applications for composites in the sports and leisure sector will be showcased by various exhibitors at Composites Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.