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JEC Group pays tribute to the winners at JEC World 2018

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7 Mar 2018
The 2018 session of JEC World, the reference trade show organized by JEC Group, is in full swing and the focus is on innovation!

The 11 JEC Innovation Awards 2018 winners with the jury

The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony, which took place on the Agora stage on Wednesday, March 7 at 5 pm, opened with a presentation by Yves Rossy, aircraft pilot and inventor of the first jet-powered wingpack. Then the jury revealed the names of the composite champions up for a JEC Innovation Award. Eleven winning innovations were chosen, out of the thirty finalists that had been previously selected from more than 100 applications from all over the world.

“JEC Group supports innovation. In 1998, it created the first award dedicated to composites, as a way to promote and reward the sector’s champions. Thanks to the work of JEC Group’s teams, the program has become an international benchmark. Each year, we receive more than a hundred applications from all over the world. Selection is now based on criteria like the level of involvement of the innovation’s partners in the value chain, the technical nature of the innovation, or its commercial applications,” explains JEC Group President & CEO Frédérique Mutel.

A new feature this year is that the jury revealed the winners during the ceremony, and the public could choose their favorite innovation before, during, and after the ceremony. So there is still time to vote! Votes are opened until Thursday March 8th, 5pm -


11 Awards Winners

Aerospace application

Winner : AeroComposit, JSC (Russia) and its partner Solvay (United Kingdom)

Infusion technology for an aircraft wing


Aerospace process

Winner : Airbus (Germany) and its partners, BMW Group (Germany), Technical University of Munich (TUM) (Germany), Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH (Germany), Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH (Germany), BASF SE (Germany), Foldcore GmbH (Germany), Neenah Filtration (Germany) and SGL Carbon GmbH (Germany)

Complex structural applications for MAI sandwich technology

Winner : M. Torres Diseños Industriales SAU (Spain)

Moldless process to manufacture one-piece parts


Automotive application

Winner : Ford Werke GmbH (Germany) and its partners, Gestamp (United Kingdom), GRM Consulting (United Kingdom) and University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

Lightweight composite automotive suspension part


Automotive process

Winner : Audi AG (Germany) and its partners, Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Dow Automotive (Switzerland), and Zoltek Corp. (United States)

Series production of a rear panel module made of carbon composite


Construction & Infrastructure

Winner : Komatsu Seiren Co., Ltd. (Japan) and its partners, Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan) and Nagase ChemteX Corporation (Japan)

Cabkoma cable made of CFRTP



Winner : Uljanik JSC (Croatia)

Composite cargo decks for a vehicle carrier



Winner : ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (United Kingdom) and its partners, Alstom Transport (United Kingdom), Magma Structures (United Kingdom), the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), and the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom)

A bogie frame made of optimized lightweight carbon fiber


Sports & Leisure

Winner : BMW Group (Germany) and its partners EDAG Engineering GmbH (Germany), KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH (Germany), Chr. Karl Siebenwurst GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), TUM-LCC (Germany), Automation W + R GmbH (Germany), and FHG-IGCV (Germany)

A modular construction system for the rear swing arm suspension of a motorcycle


Smart cities

Winner : MC Materiales Compuestos (Argentina) and its partners, Plaquimet (Argentina), Purcom (Brazil), IS Groupe - Composite Integrity (France), and G12 Innovation (Brazil)

The Wet Core Pod composite housing module


Sustainable development

Winner : Cetim-Cermat (France) and its partner, CETIM (France)

“3-in-1” line for producing recycled composites