Acceleration Of The Composites Industry Largely Demonstrated At A Vibrant JEC Europe 2014

PARIS — March 18, 2014 — A record number of exhibitors (1.200+) and visitors (32.000+) from 88 countries has definitely settled JEC Europe to be the #1 event for Composites worldwide, covering the whole value chain and every application sector.

The growth of the composites sector is fueled by three main international trends:

  • Innovation and design driving further the penetration of these materials,
  • Competitive manufacturing,
  • Bigger volume in strong growth countries.

The 2014 session experienced a record stream of visitors to date at a Composites event. The event increased its surface area to 54,400 sqm (+8% compared to 2013) and moved to 2 levels of Paris Porte de Versailles pavilions 7. The 2 floors were completely full, to such an extent that JEC Group is considering the addition of a 3rd floor for 2015!

Heads and leaders
JEC attracts the largest number of high-level foreign decision-makers and stake-holders from around the world. Also this year, the total number of Ministers, Ambassadors and delegations strongly grew.

Large transactions and major announcements
Numbers of agreements have been signed on JEC Europe’s stage, confirming JEC Group as the industrial backing of the global composites community. To be highlighted is JEC Group MoU signed with Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology sealing a cooperation for networking opportunities and information sharing for Korean Companies on JEC platforms in particular JEC Asia in Singapore.

Also, the MoU between the Nano Mikro Werkstoffe Photonik cluster from North Rhein Westfalia and the MAUD cluster from Nord-Pas-De-Calais benefited from JEC impact to strengthen their ongoing collaboration.

Similarly, the MoU between the Nagoya University, National Composite Center (“NCC”) – Greater Nagoya,and the CFK-Valley Stade e. V. – Niedersachsen to carry out joint R & D projects and realize innovations in the field of lightweight construction has been signed during JEC Europe 2014.

The attendance to the Innovative Composites Summit, where 39 speakers shared their latest advances in Composites Research and Applications also proves the abundance of knowledge and networking opportunities.

Besides, the brand new format of the JEC Innovation Awards ceremony highlighted 16 winners and their
partners and prized their Composites Excellence.

Moreover, the JEC Business Meetings Program that puts together selected Buyer’s and Exhibitors recorded no less than 600 meetings over the 3 days of the Show.

Likewise, the 2nd Automotive Composites Circle brought together 60 key stakeholders of the Automotive Industry and was a huge success. This confirms JEC Group’s plan to repeat this high-level event at the upcoming JEC Americas in Atlanta next May 13-15, 2014.

Finally and for the first time, two “Natural Fibers’ Tours” have been conducted with a guide, covering the visit of exhibitors specialized in Composites based on natural fibers.

The amazing success of this year session has once again confirmed the ability of JEC Group to be the only qualified organization to put together Academics, R&D centers, Manufacturers and officials from all over the world under one roof with tangible short- and mid-term results.

Posted March 18, 2014

Source: JEC Group