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Composite Innovations for the automotive sector

18 Jun 2020
As the world faces an unprecedented pandemic, the field of composites continues to innovate, offering solutions for the industry's entire value chain and all end-use applications. With that in mind, JEC Composites Magazine has published the very first JEC Innovation Report 2020. This volume highlights more than 80 recent composite innovations identified by our editorial team, all of which should have been presented at JEC World 2020. It paints a picture of a dynamic sector driven by high-performance, environmentally friendly innovations.

Resistance, lightness and integration: key words for composite innovation

Research on innovations in composite materials is defined by even greater resistance, increased lightness and numerous integrations. Every link in the value chain is represented in the Innovation Report 2020, from raw materials to intermediate and auxiliary materials, research and development, production, equipment, simulations and measurements, and of course services.

Recycling, sustainability and eco-design: the main concerns of a changing industry

Additionally, the industry has achieved significant progress regarding any environmentally friendly issues. A large portion of the Innovation Report 2020 focuses on innovations that can make composite products even more sustainable and make the entire production process greener through eco-friendly design and easy-to-recycle products.

Focus on the automotive industry

Composites: a solution for the new challenges in the automotive industry

Composites offer a number of advantages for the automotive industry. Lighter vehicles, freedom of design, improved aesthetics and reliability, and greater transparency, resistance, resilience, strength, and rigidity are all made possible by composite materials. Composites also make it possible to store fuel for hydrogen vehicles, house and accommodate batteries in electric or hybrid vehicles, and incorporate cutting-edge technology into connected vehicles.

The JEC Innovation Report 2020 is proud to feature specialized companies within the automotive sector. Companies such as Carbon Water (p. 4), Huntsman (p. 6), Hexcel (p. 10-11), and Fagor Arrassate (p. 31) offer high-performance resin solutions, parts combining natural and carbon-fiber materials, and new cost-saving processes for manufacturing hoods.

Shining a spotlight on French know-how

The French companies included in the Innovation Report 2020 offer a perfect example of French know-how in the automotive sector. And two industrial companies stand out from the pack: Sicomin (p. 6-7) is noted for its bio-epoxy system for industrial customers and Valéo (p. 36) is featured for its overmolded organosheet bolster.

 

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About JEC Group

JEC Group is the world’s leading company dedicated entirely to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the growth and promotion of the composite materials industry. Publisher of the JEC Composites Magazine - the industry’s reference magazine, JEC Group drives global innovation programs and organizes several events in the world, including JEC World (the foremost and world-leading international exhibition dedicated to composite materials and their applications), which takes place every March in Paris.
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