20 March 2012
20 March 2012
This year, 13 companies and their partners will receive awards at JEC Europe next week.
JEC President & CEO, Frédérique Mutel, explains “Europe is leader in manufacturing. JEC Group is the international observatory of what is happening in terms of innovation in the composites market. Speaking of Europe, the main effort is in automated manufacturing. Automation is key to the European composites industry. For instance in 2010-2011, 52% of all composites patents in Europe focused on process innovations. This is the highest rate in the whole world. USA and Japan are respectively at a rate of 23% and Japan 16%. China for its part, focuses on primary materials innovation. The 2012 JEC Awards Europe illustrates this trend.”
The 2012 JEC Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00pm on JEC Europe and will be open to all visitors. JEC explain the 2012 Innovation Awards competition is actively supported by UMECO, Aviation Week, Innovation & Industrie and JEC Magazine.
According to JEC the 13 companies rewarded at the Innovation Awards are:
New non-destructive testing system for the inspection of composite parts used in the aeronautic industry
New composites material 100% based on renewable resources
The world’s longest stress ribbon bridge of its type using pre-tensioned CFRP cables as the main load-bearing members
Thermoplastic composite spoolable pipe system for the oil & gas industry
Recycling process of waste carbon fiber from various processing technologies to develop yarns, tapes and fabrics
Production process for lightweight structures based on sandwich structures and spraying of resins, typically fiber-reinforced polyurethane
TruPLAN advanced material kinematics kernel
BRAID bicycle frame
The Axon car weighs 500 kg with an all-carbon structure designed for scalable production and suitable for new fuel vehicles and prestige vehicles
Noise suppressor designed and used in the railway environment by the staff during the train manufacturing
New composite laminate with high anti-ballistic properties, especially to ensure the safety of maritime traffic
G128, the largest wind turbine blade in the world
All-carbon composite structure for an electric vehicle battery pack module (BPM) without steel reinforcement.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
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.