11 Companies Rewarded for their Composite Innovations

09 April 2010

This year, 11 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (April 13-15, 2010).

The programme was created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on their technical interest, market potential, partnership, financial impact and originality. This year, the winners were selected from the following categories: Environment & Recycling, Bio-based Materials, Aeronautics, Building & Construction, Sports and Leisure, Transportation, Wind Energy, Raw Materials, Process and Automation. The decision to give prominence to these projects was based on their atypical nature and various noteworthy aspects. Read through the trade description to discover the eleven winners. The 2010 JEC Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 13th at 5:00 pm on the JEC Show and will be open to all visitors.

This year stands out for the increase in the number of applications and by their distribution. Participation is worldwide, with applications from 22 different countries in Europe, South Africa, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region. Categories tend to be cyclical over several years. There is an increase in Sports and Leisure. Automation in aeronautics is a confirmed trend, and so is the determination to eliminate the use of autoclaves to increase throughput and guarantee production reproducibility.

The integration of composites in the building and construction industry is becoming established. This means that works designers and architects are really using composites as full-fledged materials, in conjunction with traditional materials like concrete, steel and wood. Sustainable development considerations are here to stay, as seen in the choice of renewable raw materials for reinforcement fibres and matrix resins and the concern with materials recycling, e.g. by reutilizing them for the same or a similar application. This will become more of a trend with the increased use of thermoplastic composites.

The Categories and corresponding winners are as follows:

Category: Environment & Recycling
Cutting edge possibilities with sustainable and intelligent materials
Winner: 3XN architects (DK)
Partners: StageOne Freeform Composite (UK); COWI A/S (DK)

Category: Bio-based Materials
Flax yarn-based prepreg for vibration damping in sport applications
Winner: Lineo (Belgium)
Partners: Artengo / Decathlon (Oxylane group) (France); Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland); LRPMN d'Alencon (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Propriétés des Matériaux Nouveaux) (France

Category: Aeronautics
First welded thermoplastic composite Aircraft primary structure in series production
Winner: Fokker Aerostructures (NL)
Partners: KVE Composites Group (NL), Ten Cate (NL) and Ticona GmbH

Category: Building & Construction
Intelligent composite “seismic wallpaper”
Winner: D'Appolonia S.p.A. (Italy)
Partners: Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (Germany); APC Composit AB (Switzerland); Karl
Mayer Malimo Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH (Germany) and several associations, laboratories and end-users in Europe (30 partners in the project).

Category: Sports and Leisure
Carbon wheel for the road bicycle market
Winner: Corima S.A. (France)
Partners: Hexcel Composites (France); Evonik (Germany)

Category: Transportation
High-performance LFT PP pallet
Winner: Lomold Pty Ltd. (South Africa)
Partners: Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co. Ltd. (Taiwan); KHS Consulting cc (South Africa); Addcomp Holland BV (NL)

Category: Wind Energy
Wind turbine made of 100% natural materials
Winner: LTP (France)
Partners: Groupe Depestele - Teillage Vandecandelaère (France); ACT ENER (France); Université Le Havre (Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes)

Category: Raw Materials
Han-3D-Fabrics and Han-3D-Composites. New type of fabrics to avoid the problem of delamination and lack of resistance in general adhesives
Winner: Advanced Fiber Materials Technologies Co., Ltd. China
Partners: OCV Reinforcements (China); Shandong Shuangyi Group Co., Ltd. (China)

Category: Process Assembly by structural adhesive bonding
Winner: S.A.B.C.A. (Belgium)
Partners: Biteam AB (Belgium); Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Germany); Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) (Australia)

Category: Automation (2 innovations tie for first place)
Cured Laminate Compensation (CLC) process – an innovative composite manufacturing solution for saving composite material and increasing production throughput
Winner: Magestic Systems Inc. (USA)
Partners: Lockheed Martin (USA); Nikon Metrology (Belgium)

Automated preform production line for CFRP aircraft frames
Winner: EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
Partners: SGL Kuempers GmbH & Co. KG (Germany); Airbus Operations GmbH (Germany).

The 2010 JEC Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 13th at 5:00 pm.

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