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JEC Asia Reflects Growing Significance of Asian Market

  • Sunday, 7th November 2010
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Propelled by the fast pace of growth in the region, the JEC Show Asia 2010 exhibition and conference took place from October 12 to 14 in Singapore on a note of strong optimism.

The composites industry in Asia has been experiencing strong growth over the past few years, and the current Asian market is estimated at more than US$26 billion, with new application developments remaining a long-term driver for composites to replace other traditional materials and also create new applications.

The JEC Show Asia 2010 exhibition and conference offered a broad global overview of the economic, business, and innovation issues and challenges facing in the composites industry today, says Frdrique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Composites Group. We have fulfilled our ultimate aim for JEC Show Asia 2010 of promoting composites developments in Asia. The environmental benefits of natural fibers and other new developments in composites recycling are key areas of interest that have sparked a lot of debate within the composites community. JEC Show Asia 2010 provided a platform for key players to have these important discussions which will have an important impact on how the composites industry develops in the future.

The full lineup of JEC Show Asia 2010 exhibition, conference and business networking programs attracted 7,010 trade visitors, which include a high proportion of key decision makers in the global composites arena.

The expanded scale of JEC Show Asia 2010 is a clear reflection of the highly optimistic outlook for the composites industry in Asia, says Mutel. This years growth also cements JEC Show Asias position as the key composites platform that caters to the needs of the Asian market and JECs integral role in promoting the increasing use of composite materials across a wide range of market applications in Asia.

A highlight at the JEC Show Asia 2010 was the launch of the first ever Innovative International Composites Summit (IICS) in Singapore, held concurrently with the main exhibition. A key milestone for JEC, the IICS took place over three days and comprised eight economic and technical seminars that explored the latest breakthroughs in different applications sectors in the composites industry.

The quality of the inaugural IICS program will boost our efforts to unveil new composite applications and trends in Asia, as well as encourage dialogue between the industry and key end users during JEC Show Asia, Mutel says. This process of information sharing is essential for the Asian composites market, where there is a strong and growing demand for a broad spectrum of leading-edge composites applications.

The second IICS conference and forum is scheduled to take place at the JEC Show Paris in March 2011, with the third planned for next years JEC Show Asia in October 2011.

JEC Show Asia 2010 was opened by Prof. Chong Tow Chong, Provost of the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and keynote speaker Chuck Dana, Group President, Composites Solutions Business, Owens Corning. The Show also hosted the awards ceremony of the annual JEC Asia Innovation Awards, the program dedicated to showcasing innovative composites solutions in the Asia Pacific region.

Nine companies and their partners received awards for their application developments at the JEC Asia Innovation Awards 2010. This year, the Life Achievement Award was presented to Stephen Seow, founder of Dynaglass Singapore, honouring his accomplishments in the composites field.

At the Shows opening ceremony, JEC announced the launch of the JEC Global Scientific Network (GSN). The JEC GSN is an integral step in connecting key composites industry players with relevant research and educational institutions from around the world. Its global launch in Singapore is a reflection of the growing importance of the Asian composites market and the increasing concentration of research and development activities in key innovation hubs based in the Asia Pacific region.

The National University of Singapore is among the founding members of the GSN which includes other educational institutions such as the Technical University of Munich, Stanford University in the US, and Hanyang University of South Korea. It will also include current JEC board members Advanced Composites Group, Umeco, AGY, Chomarat, Cray Valley, CPC, DSM, Duqueine Group, Hexcel, Huntsman, IDI Composites International, OCV, Porcher Industries and Sora.

With the strong market growth the region is currently experiencing, the launch of the GSN in Asia aims to provide more immediate access to technical information related to composites, facilitate greater information exchange and keep industry players updated on the latest technological breakthroughs that are relevant to the market, says Mutel on the GSN launch. The GSN also further solidifies our commitment to develop JEC Show Asia as the regions leading composites platform to optimize production, boost knowledge and create business opportunities.

JEC Show Asia 2011 will be held next year from October 18 to 20 in Singapore.

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