08 January 2013
08 January 2013
JEC Europe, March 12 – 14, 2013, at the Paris Porte de Versailles, France, has sold out.
Twelve key themes will be highlighted during the 3-days trade show: Design, Non-Destructive Testing, Robotics, Aeronautics, Automotive, E-car, Wind Power, Carbon, Biocomposites, Thermoplastics, Multifunctional Materials and Environment.
With 50,000 sqm of floor space, JEC says the Show will represent the global composites industry and its most recent advances in heavily composite-consuming sectors such as aerospace, aeronautics, shipbuilding, railway, automotive, mass transportation, construction, equipment and sports & leisure.
A growing sector, “The global composites market represents 81.6 billion euros in value and 9.2 million metric tons in volume for 2012. This market is growing an average of 6% per year. Composites are used more and more often to lighten structures, aircraft, and vehicles in general, thus improving energy efficiency,” states Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.
“Innovation is present in each of the steps of the value chain. Producers of raw materials (polymers, as well as carbon, glass and natural fibres) have heavily invested in the research and development of new formulations. Downstream, at the part manufacturing level, the industry is also highly innovative,” Mutel continues.
“The sector, notably in Europe, has strongly advanced in the processing of composites. Especially in Europe, innovation is directed towards manufacturing, and in particular, mass production,” specifies Frédérique Mutel. “Of all the patents granted for composites in Europe in 2011-2012, 52% involved robotics and automated manufacturing processes. It is probable that these technological advances will primarily interest major international contractors and decision-makers in countries with rapidly growing populations and economies.”
Boeing has delivered the 787th 787 Dreamliner to come off the production line, marking a special milestone for the super-efficient airplane family and the fastest-selling twin-aisle jet in history.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has partnered with Composites Australia to provide Australian civil and composite engineers with access to the latest knowledge on an innovative reinforcing solution to the costly corrosion of concrete infrastructure.
TRB Lightweight Structures has recently gained the highest DIN 6701 (Parts 1-4) A1 type certification.