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JEC Innovation Awards Reward 13 Companies

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:

  • Category: AERONAUTICS - Winner: EADS (France)

New non-destructive testing system for the inspection of composite parts used in the aeronautic industry

  • Category: BIOCOMPOSITES - Winner: KOMPETENZZENTRUM HOLZ GMBH, WOOD K PLUS (Austria)

New composites material 100% based on renewable resources

  • Category: CONSTRUCTION - Winner: ACCIONA INFRAESTRUCTURAS (Spain)

The world’s longest stress ribbon bridge of its type using pre-tensioned CFRP cables as the main load-bearing members

  • Category: INDUSTRY - Winner: AIRBORNE (Netherlands)

Thermoplastic composite spoolable pipe system for the oil & gas industry

  • Category: MATERIALS - Winner: SIGMATEX LTD. (UK)

Recycling process of waste carbon fiber from various processing technologies to develop yarns, tapes and fabrics

  • Category: PROCESS - Winner: FRAUNHOFER ICT (Germany)

Production process for lightweight structures based on sandwich structures and spraying of resins, typically fiber-reinforced polyurethane

  • Category: SOFTWARE - Winner: MAGESTIC SYSTEM INC. (USA)

TruPLAN advanced material kinematics kernel

  • Category: SPORTS & LEISURE - Winner: MUNICH COMPOSITES GMBH (Germany)

BRAID bicycle frame

  • Category: AUTOMOTIVE - Winner: AXON (UK)

The Axon car weighs 500 kg with an all-carbon structure designed for scalable production and suitable for new fuel vehicles and prestige vehicles

  • Category: RAILWAY - Winner: TCI (France)

Noise suppressor designed and used in the railway environment by the staff during the train manufacturing

  • Category: MARINE - Winner: ASTILLEROS SANTA POLA, S.L (Spain)

New composite laminate with high anti-ballistic properties, especially to ensure the safety of maritime traffic

  • Category: WIND ENERGY - Winner: GAMESA (Spain)

G128, the largest wind turbine blade in the world

  • SPECIAL PRIZE – LG HAUSYS (Korea)

All-carbon composite structure for an electric vehicle battery pack module (BPM) without steel reinforcement.






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