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The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

22 April 2014

The JEC Americas 2014 Innovation Awards Program Recognises Ten Composite Companies

JEC Group has announced the ten winners of its prestigious 2014 JEC Americas Innovation Awards program.

According to JEC, the ten winning companies and their innovation partners will be recognised during the third annual JEC Americas exhibition at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, US.

“The American market has traditionally been at the forefront of composites both in terms of manufacturing and innovation. The Americas continue to be a key engine for innovation, investment and the commercialisation of cutting-edge composites technology. The US is a key geography for the global composites industry as it represents around a third of its value, $22.5 billion on an overall of $70 billion,” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Group. “The JEC Innovation Awards Program continues to identify and celebrate the very top innovators from the Americas and abroad to help fulfil JEC’s mission to share the latest industry advances with the global composites community. From environmentally friendly bio-based resins to cutting-edge personal protection to innovative musical applications to integrated software and preforming processes, the products and technologies highlighted in this year’s competition are incredibly rich and varied.”

For this year’s award’s program, JEC says it compared applications from dozens of international companies for recognition in ten competitive categories, including Automation, Automotive, Ballistics, Construction, Processing, Raw Materials, Reinforcements, Software, Sports & Leisure and Wind Energy.

The winners have been announced as the following:

  • Raw Materials: TSE Industries (US), VOC- and BPA-Free Bio-Based Polyurethane Spray Layup Reinforcing Resin;
  • Reinforcements: Stäubli (Germany), Double Rapier Weaving Machine for Economic Production of Locally Adapted 3D Weaves;
  • Software: Plataine Technologies (US), Integrated Production Optimization – New Technology Bridges the gap between CAD and ERP;
  • Processing: EADS (Germany), Fibre Patch Preforming (FPP) Technology;
  • Automation: Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany), Form-Flexible Preform-End-Effector (FormHand);
  • Automotive: FRIMO Group GmbH (Germany), Technical Demonstrator “Street Shark;”
  • Ballistics Category Winners: PPE (France), Cedrem (France), BBOX High-Energy Absorber for the Defense and Security Market;
  • Construction (JEC Composites Magazine Special Prize): Kompetenzzentrum Holz (Austria), Non-Combustible Composite for Decorative Façades;
  • Sports & Leisure: BComp (Switzerland), First Ukulele made of natural fibre Ekoa composites;
  • Wind Energy Category Winner: Owens Corning (France/US), Innovative Wind Turbine Blades Manufactured with Glass Fabrics.

The 2014 Innovation Awards Program is actively supported by JEC Magazine and Aviation Week.

Photo provided by JEC Composites, Raw Materials Award winner.





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