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.
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.