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Composites at their highest at JEC Europe’s largest edition ever

6 Mar 2014
The 49th edition of JEC Europe is marking big changes in the Number 1 Composites Show and Conferences in Europe and in the World.

This reflects the new step that the industry is making, passing to another level of its life. The sector is going mature and penetrates new horizons and new segments, stimulating competition and raising the race to innovation. In 2013, the Global Composite Market represented 90 billion euros and 10.6 million metric tons.


JEC Europe 2014 is the largest edition ever with a double-digit growth. The event occupies 54,400sqm in two new halls called Pavilions (7.2 & 7.3). Four sectors represent about 75% of total value: Transportation, Aerospace, Energy and Building & Construction.


Introducing new programs developed with and for the Industry

JEC has designed three new programs that will be rolled out for all JEC activities starting in Europe then duplicating in America and Asia.

  • A Top Buyers’ Program aims at facilitating contacts between major purchasers and suppliers
  • Composites Leadership Circles that bring together decision-makers in the different markets. During JEC Europe 2014, the Automotive Leadership Circle will take place on the second day
  • A New Generation Program that rewards student research

Expert Tours during 3 days

Guided tours to discover innovations and latest trends in Composites based on natural fibers will be organized, allowing visitors to meet and discuss with exhibitors in this field and have deeper understanding of their products and solutions.


Likewise, the Thermoplastics Conference will be upgraded with a tour of exhibiting companies with this expertise followed by networking opportunities.


These new services are to strengthen JEC established services to the industry : the Innovation Showcase designed to promote the sector’s innovations, the I.C.S. Conferences led by composite-industry experts to develop knowledge sharing, the Innovation Awards program, business meetings, a job center, e-letters & magazines, publications and an information web portal, etc.


JEC Europe, evolving to match the industry’s needs

With a strong conference I.C.S. (Innovative Composites Summit) gathering eminent speakers, the main topics in 2014 are carbon and thermoplastic solutions. JEC also touches upon current thematics like offshore energy and hybrid structures.


100 entries in competition for Innovation

For the first time in the history of the JEC Innovation Awards Program, JEC Group has received more than 100 applications! It is a credit to the success of the many innovative individuals involved in the history of composites that there exists a multi-billion euro industry, with composites to be found in almost any product imaginable. JEC has spotted the following Innovative trends:

  • The high number of proposals on Energy and Sustainability reveals the advance of developed countries on these subjects
  • New sections such as Consumer Goods, Consumer Electronicsand Medical illustrate the penetration of composites in our daily life
  • Numerous Projects mentioning the European Union framework indicate the excellence of networks in this part of the world. Many of the applications often come from R&D clusters. Such technological clusters help the innovation and growth of large companies but also the legion of suppliers that help develop the planes, cars and products of the future.

Finally, the moving of the Show on 2 floors Pavilion 7 will improve attendees experience at JEC Europe. New electronic tools and digital devices will help and guide the attendees, such as dynamic screens, interactive maps onsite or again smartphone applications.


 English Press Release

 French Press Release

 German Press Release