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Innovation Planets

Display parts or final products, be at the purchasers' first stop and reach end-users


Four different display areas, called Planets, will be dedicated to specific sectors. The Planets are the places where major OEMs and suppliers come to see the new trends in the composites industry.


Planet Aero

Tuesday 6 March

2:00pm - 2:40pm: Co-development, and custom solutions to drive results by Alex Blenkinsop, Product Manager / Michael Katzer, Business Development Manager

  • Material application and research for Structural Composite
  • Release Solutions, from “sticky” problems to improved productivity and performance

2:40pm - 3:20pm: Developing technologies to complex environment: Serving the Aerospace industry by Flavien Fremy, R&D Leader

  • Design through Hybrid Simulations for impact and stress analysis
  • Speeding up Radio-Frequency Transparency analysis

3:20pm - 4:00pm: Advancing composite construction methods by Pierre Bou, Europe Business Manager

  • 3D Knitting Method: A new breakthrough technology for complex composite shapes manufacturing


Wednesday 7 March

09:30am – 10 :00am : Dilemmas within the supply chain – a new era is upon us by Richard Apps, Director and Co-founder at Counterpoint Market Intelligence

10 .00am - 10 .30: CFRP repair doubler manufactured on 3D printed tooling by Jose Sánchez Gómez, Composite Executive Expert at Airbus and by Tamara Blanco Varela, Composites Research and Technologies at Airbus

10:30am -11:00: Thin plies(R) composites benefits to aerospace applications by Thomas Ricard, Technical Director - Materials & Automation at North Thin Ply Technology

11:00am - 11:30 am: Polymeric Composites in Propulsion by Patrick Henrat, Technology Director at Safran Composites

11:30am - 12:00am: Innovative technology for producing ACRO series 6 economy class aircraft seatbacks by Olivier de Verclos, Technical Support Composites Europe at Huntsman and by Antony Dodworth, Chief Technology Marketing Officer at Bright Lite Structures


12:00am - 12:30pm: HexPly® M56 - a vacuum bag only material for next generation composite spar by Neil Parker, Prepreg Product Manager at Hexcel and by Dominique Bailly, Director – Research technologies – Innovation at Daher


Planet Auto

Tuesday 6 March

11:00am - 11:45am: Panel Discussion: Bakelite® Lightweight Materials for Powertrain Applications with:

  • Dr. Matthew Zaluzec, Technical Advisor to VP at Ford Research & Innovation
  • Mr. Cedric Ball, Director Business Development Automotive NA at Hexion
  • Mr Frank Bayerl, Senior Technical Service Manager at Hexion
  • Dr. Andreas Kürten, Managing Director at KIMW


  • Opportunities and Challenges in Powertrain Lightweighting
  • Modeling and Simulation of Engineering Thermoset Materials
  • Cost-Performance Trade-offs in Lightweight Powertrain Parts
  • Low Carbon Footprint vs Die Cast Aluminum


Wednesday 7 March

Haiyuan Group
10:00am - 10:30am: Automated GFRP/CFRP Manufacturing - Modularized Turn Key Solutions by Dr. Howie Chen, R&D Director / General Manager Assistant

  • D-LFT, Preform, HP-RTM, SMC, WCM
  • Modularization Production Solution
  • High Quality with Lower Cost


2:00pm - 2:45pm: Panel Discussion : Advancements of SMC for high performance and cost efficient applications with:

  • Stéphane Joly, Composite Materials Innovation Manager & Policy at PSA
  • Jacques Hoffner, Business development and R&D Vice President and Gilles Nedelec, Materials and Chemistry Manager at Faurecia
  • Jean-Philippe Sauvaget, Director Business Development Automotive Europe at Hexion
  • Edouardo Astorqui, Managing Director at Astar


  • High Mechanical Performance SMC allowing lower part thickness
  • Hybridization with UD CF/Towpreg/Prepreg to optimize Cost/performance 
  • Straightforward net shape manufacturing and mature engineering design
  • Regulation Styrene free solution
  • FR SMC for EV battery box application


3:00pm - 3:30pm: High performance vehicle composite underbody protection by Gilles Nedelec, Materials and Chemistry Manager at Faurecia & Claire Quinten, Senior Automotive Application Engineer at Hexion

  • Material design for minimum cost
  • Design to process of a large composite part
  • Over 50% weight saving with equivalent mechanical performance to metallic solution


Planet Building

Tuesday 6 March

2:30pm - 3:00pm: Exceptional Composite Springs Anti Seismic Application by Dr. Max SARDOU, CEO and R&D Manager at SARDOU SAS and Olin Epoxy

  • unique solution to perfectly immunize buildings against earthquakes and solid vibrations from the ground
  • unique energy density capability
  • unique solution: fail safe, anti-rust, damage tolerant, anti-settlement


Planet Make It Real

Tuesday 6 March

3:00pm - 3:45pm: Guided tour by em. Ignaas VERPOEST at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Lut Pil, Lecturer at LUCA School of Art


Wednesday 7 March

3:00pm - 3:45pm: Guided tour by em. Ignaas VERPOEST at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Lut Pil, Lecturer at LUCA School of Art


Thursday 8 March

11:30am - 12:15pm: Guided tour by em. Ignaas VERPOEST at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Lut Pil, Lecturer at LUCA School of Art


Auto Planet
Sponsored by:



Aero Planet
Sponsored by:

Saint Gobain

Building Planet
Sponsored by:      

Make it Real Planet
Sponsored by:

KU Leuven

LUCA School of Arts Gent



Sustainable solutions

Bio-composites, recyclability and sustainability themes will be a shared thread between all the Planets. The “Make It Real” Planet will focus more specifi cally on solutions to our societal concerns.


The Make it Real Planet

How do designers propose and realize new and surprising answers to questions related to a sustainable society, a (more) urban society, a producing society, a caring society, an experimenting society? What kind of opportunities do new and recently developed composite materials offer designers and how do designers deal with it? How do designers inspire research of new composite materials and concepts and in what way does it happen interactively? The “Make It Real” Planet, in cooperation with Design museum Gent, KU Leuven and LUCA School of Arts Gent (Belgium), will show projects in areas such as mobility, architecture, infrastructure, energy supply, robotics, sport, medical equipment, interior objects, 3D printing.


Who visits the Planets*

Who visit the planets?

*A few examples from the 2017 visitor base


Download the 2018 innovation programs brochure



Franck Glowacz
Innovation Content Leader
Phone: +33 1 58 36 15 04
E-mail: Send Inquiry