Innovation Awards Winners

This edition of the JEC Innovation Awards Competition aimed to reward the best cutting-edge and ingenious projects involving the use of composite materials in ground transportation applications.

The 5 following prizes all demonstrated excellence in categories ranging from passenger cars to heavy trucks, featuring namely: significant weight savings, innovative processes, unique designs, shortened process times and reduced costs.

 

Passenger Cars

Hybrid Roof Bow
Fraunhofer ILT (Germany)
Partners: Weber Fibertech (Germany), Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann (Germany), Fraunhofer LBF (Germany), ScanLab (Germany,) BMW Group (Germany)

Hybrid Roof Bow
The innovation enables the reduction of process costs while maintaining the part’s performance by reducing material costs and shortening process times by integrating several process steps.

 

Off-road vehicles

Lightweight Vehicle Underbody Protection
Faurecia (France)
Partner: Hexion (France)

Lightweight Vehicle Underbody Protection
The innovation consists of a composite underbody protection achieving a weight saving of 53%, designed with a new FEA based preforming approach, with specific constraints such as complex shape, abrasion and impact.

 

Public Transportation

Design and Fabrication of an Integrated Monocoque Composite 40ft Plug-in Electric Transit Bus
TPI Composites (USA)
Partner: Proterra (USA)

Design and Fabrication of an Integrated Monocoque Composite 40ft Plug-in Electric Transit Bus
TPI Composites has designed and produced an all-composite monocoque plug-in electric bus body with Proterra. Engineers at TPI and Proterra collaborated in the design and development of a unique structural composite bus body. The Proterra “Catalyst” is a unique design which incorporates fiberglass and carbon fiber non-crimp fabrics and a modified vinyl-ester in a vacuum resin infusion process.

 

Heavy Trucks

Self-molding, High Heat Composite Insulation System
Saprex (USA)

Self-molding, High Heat Composite Insulation System
The project consists of a self-molding, PPS, thermoplastic composite insulation system for large bore diesel engine exhaust systems tests.
Saprex has developed a self-molding glass and PPS composite systems that self-molds arounds exhaust tube of large bore diesel engine vehicles.

 

Sustainability

Light-weight Automotive Interior Parts with Natural Fiber Reinforcement
Bcomp (Switzerland)
Partners: Persico (Italy)

Light-weight Automotive Interior Parts with Natural Fiber Reinforcement
With a staggering lightweighting potential resulting in up to 40% lighter automotive interior parts, high cost-efficiency and readiness for full integration into existing production lines, this innovation makes natural fiber reinforcements available for industrial markets.