JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

18 February 2014

JEC Announces Winners of the 2014 JEC Innovation Awards

15 companies and their partners will receive an Innovation Award at JEC Europe taking place on 11-13 March 2014 in Paris, France, for their innovations in composites.

“With over a hundred submissions from 28 countries, the success of the Innovation Awards Competition is in constant progress. Never have so many high-quality applications been received, making the selection a very rich and complex process. The diversity of the subjects presented by the candidates made it very difficult for the jury of composites experts to select the 15 champions of composites innovations” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.

JEC state that the jury has selected the best composite breakthroughs, based on their technical interest, market potential, partnerships, financial and environmental impact, and originality. The decision to give prominence to these projects was based on their atypical nature and various noteworthy aspects.

The winners broach a wide expanse of domains from raw materials to design and processes and, of course, applications. They were selected from the following categories: Design, Simulation, Process, Aeronautics, Aircraft Interiors, Consumer Goods, Consumer Electronics, Medical, Pressure Vessels, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Wind Energy, Sustainability, Railways, and Marine.

The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony will highlight the 15 winning companies on stage on Tuesday 11 March at 4:45pm on the JEC Europe Show (Hall 7.3, at the Agora).

The event has been reshaped into a brand new ceremony and will be open to all exhibitors and visitors.

The JEC Innovation Awards Program is sponsored by CYTEC, JEC Composites Magazine, Aviation Week and Innovation & Industrie magazines.

The winners have been announced as the following.

  • Design: Hutchinson (France) - Composite Semi Structural Cockpit Module for ATA 25;
  • Simulation: University of Twente (The Netherlands) - Braiding Simulation and Optimisation
  • Process: Fraunhofer IPT (Germany) - "Multi-Material-Head" - New Laser-Assisted Tape Placement System for Thermoset-Tape-, Thermoplastic-Tape- and Dry-Fibre-Placement
  • Aeronautics: University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil, Institute for Material Science and Plastics Processing (Switzerland) - Development of a Composite Annulus Filler for Rolls-Royce Jet Engines
  • Aircraft Interiors: Expliseat (France) - The Titanium Seat
  • Consumer Goods: Owens Corning (France) - New Reinforced Thermoplastic Composite for Washing Machine Tubs
  • Consumer Electronics: Motorola Mobility (USA) - All-Thermoplastic Composite Smartphone Back Covers
  • Medical: Groupe Médical Gaumond (Canada) - Transportable Hyperbaric Chamber
  • Pressure Vessels: Maruhachi Co. Ltd (Japan) - Ultra-Durable CFRP High-Pressure Hydrogen Fuel Storage Tank
  • Automotive: Porsche (Germany) - 918 Spyder: Innovative Material and Manufacturing Approach for a Multi-Part Aerodynamic Underbody
  • Oil and Gas: Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd. (Australia)  and Petronas (Malaysia) - Novel Composite Clamps for Pipeline Repairs
  • Wind Energy: Saertex GmbH (Germany) - New Production Process: "Mapretec Technique"
  • Sustainability: DSM Composite Resins AG (Switzerland) - New Composite System for Wind Turbine Blades
  • Railways: ApAteCh-Applied Advanced Technology Company LTD (Russia) - Composite Hopper Car Body Produced by Vacuum Infusion
  • Marine: North Thin Ply Technology (Switzerland) - World’s Thinnest UD-Prepreg and Associated Handling and Design Tools

For full details on the JEC Europe Show, visit the website.

Photo provided by JEC.

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