13 March 2018
13 March 2018
JEC World 2018 closed its doors on 8 March with a record increase in attendance, after welcoming more than 1,300 exhibitors and 42,445 professional visits from 115 countries to the show.
“The ability of JEC Group to gather the whole composites industry under one roof over three days lies in the fact that we always initiate new precursory programmes to the service of composites professionals,” says Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO. “This year we initiated new programmes, for instance the Composite Challenge allowing 10 PhD students to pitch their thesis in front of the industry, thus facilitating connections between students and industrialists. In the same spirit, we increased in power our Startup Booster and Innovation Award programmes to accelerate relations between young or innovative companies with investors or established enterprises. We also introduced one new planet called 'Make it Real' along with the Aero, Auto and Construction planets. In this planet, we could discover astonishing futuristic products, for example the Aeromobil, a flying car that would revolutionise urban transportation in the near future."
The event was the first event to promote and host the new 'French Fab,' a French government initiative to internationally promote French industry and manufacture. JEC World also welcomed the French Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Delphine Gény-Stephann, a visit that demonstrates the growing role of composites in industry.
Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop, opened the Startup Booster ceremony by supporting the spirit of ingenuity in the industry. Dayton Horvath, industry expert and consultant in additive manufacturing, presented his vision of how to apply artificial intelligence to composite materials and manufacturing. Finally, Yves Rossy, the 'jetman' using carbon fibre wings for flight, introduced the JEC Innovation Awards ceremony, motivating the audience to pursue their dreams and explaining how composites made his dreams come true.
'Public Choice' award winners
A first at the show this year, the public was invited to elect its favourite projects in the two JEC programmes promoting innovation. The winners were:
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