The JEC World 2018 Innovation Awards ceremony took place on 7 March, opened by a presentation by Yves Rossy, aircraft pilot and inventor of the first jet-powered wingpack.
The jury then revealed the names of the 11 winning innovations, chosen from the 30 finalists previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the world.
“JEC Group supports innovation," explains JEC Group President & CEO Frédérique Mutel. "In 1998, it created the first award dedicated to composites, as a way to promote and reward the sector’s champions. Thanks to the work of JEC Group’s teams, the programme has become an international benchmark. Each year, we receive more than a hundred applications from all over the world. Selection is now based on criteria like the level of involvement of the innovation’s partners in the value chain, the technical nature of the innovation, or its commercial applications.”
The award winners are:
Aerospace Application: AeroComposit and partner Solvay – Infusion technology for an aircraft wing;
Aerospace Process (joint winners): Airbus (Germany) and partners BMW, Technical University of Munich, Neue Materialien Bayreuth, Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann, BASF, Foldcore, Neenah Filtration and SGL Carbon – Complex structural applications for MAI sandwich technology; and M. Torres Diseños Industriales – Mouldless process to manufacture one-piece parts;
Automotive Application: Ford and partners Gestamp, GRM Consulting and University of Warwick – Lightweight composite automotive suspension part;
Automotive Process: Audi and partners Voith Composites, Dow Automotive and Zoltek – Series production of a rear panel module made of carbon composite;
Construction & Infrastructure: Komatsu Seiren and partners, Kanazawa Institute of Technology and Nagase ChemteX – Cabkoma cable made of CFRTP;
Marine: Uljanik – Composite cargo decks for a vehicle carrier;
Railway: ELG Carbon Fibre and partners, Alstom Transport, Magma Structures, University of Birmingham and University of Huddersfield – A bogie frame made of optimised lightweight carbon fibre;
Sports & Leisure: BMW and partners EDAG Engineering, KraussMaffei Technologies, Chr. Karl Siebenwurst, TUM-LCC, Automation W + R and FHG-IGCV – A modular construction system for the rear swing arm suspension of a motorcycle;
Smart Cities: MC Materiales Compuestos and partners Plaquimet, Purcom, IS Groupe - Composite Integrity and G12 Innovation – The Wet Core Pod composite housing module;
Sustainable Development: Cetim-Cermat and partner CETIM – '3-in-1' line for producing recycled composites.
Launched in 2017, JEC Startup Booster is the leading and unique start-up competition in the world of composites in which hundreds of start-ups participate to pitch their breakthrough innovations in front of a jury of experts from international groups and companies involved in the making of innovative materials.