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JEC Group celebrates composites innovations at JEC World 2016 and rewards 28 champions with a JEC Innovation Award

JEC World 2016
8 Feb 2016
The growing demand on composite materials and the development of new composite applications have led JEC Group to relocate in a bigger venue with a new name : JEC World. The show will take place from Tuesday March 8 to Thursday March 10, 2016, in a 62,000 sqm exhibit space within Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, France.

Composite innovations in the spotlight at JEC World

In addition to 4 new areas called Planets, and organized around a galleria of innovations in Aeronautics, Automotive, Sustainability and Sports & Leisure, JEC Group will reward 28 champions of composite materials within the frame of the JEC Innovation Awards program. The jury has selected the best composite innovations among more than 100 applications. “The choices that had to be made to reward the best projects were only rendered more difficult by the incredible quantity and diversity of projects presented this year, but more importantly by their impressive quality!” says Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.


The selection is based on the technical interest, market potential, partnerships, financial & environmental impact and originality. “With categories ranging from raw materials to processes, to applications in various fields such as Aeronautics, Automotive, Medical, Consumer Goods and Better Living, the winning projects offer a complete overview of the composites value chain. They originate from Europe, America and Asia, demonstrating the international added value of the program”, Mrs. Mutel adds. “Mobility and sustainability are main recurring themes in this edition, with automotive, public transportation and greener processes and materials being focused on”.


The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony will highlight 28 innovators on stage and will take place on Tuesday March 8 at 5 pm at JEC World (Paris Nord Villepinte - France).

All exhibitors and visitors are welcome to attend the ceremony.


The JEC Innovation Awards Program is sponsored by SOLVAY and supported by JEC Composites Magazine, Aviation Week and Innovation Review


Winners of the 2016 JEC World Innovation Awards

  • Thermoset Resins Category Winner: Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland)
    Structural epoxy parts with autoclave quality in less than 1 minute
  • Technical Textiles Category Winner: Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH) (Republic of Korea)
    Tailored non-crimp fiber technology for cost-saving, high-efficiency manufacturing of tailgate components
  • Pultrusion Category Winner: Thomas Technik + Innovation (Germany)
    Large-scale production of fiber-reinforced profiles with variable Radius-Pultrusion
  • RTM Category Winner: KTM Technologies GmbH (Austria)
    CAVUS technology: producing a complex hollow composite structure using a high-volume production process
  • Testing Category Winner: Textechno Herbert Stein GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
    New testing system to assess the properties of the fiber-matrix interface
  • Recycling Category Winner: BMW AG (Germany)
    Centre console carrier produced from polyamide with a secondary carbon fiber reinforcement using injection molding technology
  • Construction Category Winner: Solutions Composites (France)
    High-tech system made of high-performance composite profiles for walls and facades
  • Infrastructure Category Winner(1/2): ACCIONA Infrastructures (Spain)
    All-composite “lighthouse” marine navigation aid
  • Infrastructure Category Winner(2/2): Exel Composites PLC (Finland)
    Frangible carbon composite glide path tower for instrumental landing system
  • Finishing Work Category Winner: Composyst GmbH (Germany)
    LACE – Lightweight All Composite Elevator
  • Helicopters Category Winner: Qpoint Composite GmbH (Germany)
    LEEToRB - A lightweight, energy efficient tooling for rotor blade manufacturing
  • Space Category Winner: Sonaca S.A. (Belgium), Bally Ribbon Mills (USA)
    Interstage CFRP ring for new-generation launchers using a 3D orthogonal weaved preform
  • Aeronautics Category Winner: Premium AEROTEC (Germany)
    Innovative 3D net-shape layup process for the manufacture of aircraft CFRP door frame structures
  • Urban Transportation Category Winners: Nanotechnology Center of Composites (Russian Federation), Evopro Group (Hungary)
    Modular, self-supporting, full composite bus body
  • Automotive: Exterior Parts Category Winner(1/2): Faurecia Automotive Exteriors (France)
    Composite one shot for visible parts
  • Automotive: Exterior Parts Category Winner(2/2): Continental Structural Plastics (USA)
    Cost-competitive, lightweight decklid concept
  • Automotive: Interior Parts Category Winner: Automobili Lamborghini (Italy)
    Combination of C-SMC and patented application to Automotive A-class components
  • Automotive: Structural Parts Category Winner: Solvay (France)
    Structural module in thermoplastic composites for trucks
  • Automotive: Body in white Category Winner: Audi AG (Germany)
    ultra-RTM: a cost-effective manufacturing technology for high-performance thermoset fiber composites
  • Medical Category Winner: Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe Kaiserslautern (Germany)
    A carbon-fiber vascular clip to eliminate artefacts in brain surgery
  • Better Living Category Winner: UCHIDA Co., Ltd. (Japan)
    Lightweight composite bipedal walker
  • Sports & Leisure: EireComposites (Ireland)
    Cantilevered saddle tree: combining a lightweight thermoplastic composite material with an innovative design
  • Consumer Goods: Nestlé Nespresso S.A. (Switzerland)
    Overmolded thermoplastic composite decorated panel for a coffee machine
  • Luxury: North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) (Switzerland), Richard Mille (Switzerland)
    Development of unique thin ply quartz composite watch case for Richard Mille timepiece
  • JEC Composites Magazine Special Prize: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA)
    Big Area Additive Manufacturing technology: a new platform for additive manufacturing of polymer and composite structures
  • Life Achievement Award: M. Sung Ha, Professor, Hanyang University (Korea)
    Dr. Sung Ha is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hanyang University, South Korea, directing the Hanyang Structures and Composites Laboratory (HSCL). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, USA, in 1989.
    His current research areas include innovative designs and multi-scale based strength and fatigue life prediction of composite structures including wind turbine blades and aircraft wings.
    He is also serving as a visiting Professor at Stanford University and a major member of Stanford Composites Design Team.

More information on the awards


 English Press Release

 French Press Release