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Experience Composites is off to a splendid start

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30 Sep 2016

The new leading international trade fair for fibre composite materials, lightweight construction and carbon, Experience Composites – powered by JEC Group, celebrates a remarkable and promising start.

After three days of the premiere event, staged from 21 to 23 September in Augsburg, the event organisers – Messe Augsburg, JEC Group and the Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) association – are able to look back over a splendid premiere. 175 exhibitors and 4,120 visitors from more than 30 countries, 3 congresses with 52 conferences and numerous side-events, awards and a range of educational activities specially designed for pupils made the trade fair a great success.
The foundation for an international industry highlight.

Gerhard Reiter, head of Messe Augsburg said, "I am enthusiastic about the start we had with Experience Composites. My expectations were exceeded and it was a top drawer trade fair, very well organised and of international standard. I have spoken with a large number of very satisfied exhibitors and visitors. We have laid the foundation for a future international highlight in the industry. Thanks to our associates JEC Group and CCeV we have been able to work together as an effective French-German team."

Customer-focused team consisting of three big associates
Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO of the JEC Group added, "The first Experience Composites – powered by JEC – showed how very efficiently the team consisting of three associates CCeV, Messe Augsburg and JEC Group worked together. Together we managed to mobilise the most brilliant companies and experts in materials and manufacturing composite materials. We created a unique event with a trend-setting format which opens up new vistas. The end-consumer market, specifically for cars and for the aviation & space travel, had an opportunity to experience the great progress made within our industry. We are proud of this first trade fair and highly motivated in the preparation of the second Experience Composites in this high quality community and with excellent local support."

Alexander Gundling, managing director of Carbon Composites e.V. is also enthusiastic about the success of the first trade fair and had this to say, "The concept of the Multi-Location Events has been seen in a very positive light as a unique range of events by not only visitors, but also by exhibitors. With 4,120 visitors at the first event we have to be more than satisfied, whereby the quality of the visitors was also very high. Given this, I am reckoning with a big increase in exhibitors in 2018".

Multi-Location Event: the trend-setting format
Philip Häußler, project manager of Experience Composites is pleased, "Our concept was just right. The integration of a large number of companies and organisations from the worlds of science and commerce was a success. And our approach of making fibre composite materials so that they could be experienced and felt was approved by all those present at the trade fair. The attendance levels at the congresses were excellent. Many visitors told me that they felt very comfortable in here in Augsburg. The atmosphere and the spirit of innovation in the city were tangible. Nowhere in Europe can you find so many businesses in the fibre composites value creation chain as you can here. I am very satisfied at the large number of international exhibitors and visitors. I hope that we have been able to generate another quantum leap forward in promoting the image of the composite fibre industry."

Trend-setting events
The European fibre composites hub in Augsburg was a first-class host for the international community of lightweight design, construction and composite materials and presented itself as a networking and business turntable for small as well as large businesses from the fibre composites community. All events went down very well indeed, particularly the large symposium and the 8th textile concrete user conference TUDALIT e.V. Scores of participants attended other events, training courses and visits to businesses and institutes. "I was particularly pleased at the response to the range of activities designed for classes of schoolchildren. 802 pupils from the Swabia district within Bavaria region were impressed by the power of innovation of resource-efficient materials. That is worth a great deal." Six trend-setting products and solutions were awarded prizes as part of the "Experience Composites 2016 Innovation Award". The awards, designed by Carbon-Werke Weißgerber from used parts of a vane and Formula 1 material made of composites, went to Fisco (construction and infrastructure class), Mercedes AMG (Automotive and transport class), Cruing (Aviation and space travel class), Cetim (Mass production class), M & A Dieterle (Equipment class) and to the IFB-Institute at the University of Stuttgart (Automation class).

Start-Up Awards for even more innovation in Composites
Three Start-Ups were awarded prizes as part of the first Start-Up Awards presented under the patronage of the Bavarian Minister of Economics Ilse Aigner, to the 12 participating trend-setting parent companies from six countries. Each of the 12 entrepreneurs had an opportunity to display their innovative offer on their own stand in the start-up village to every attendees and then to a panel of six judges in a 10 minute pitch-presentation. The panel consisted of Frédérique Mutel (President and CEO of the JEC Group), Professsor Klaus Drechsler (Holder of the Carbon Composites Chair at the Technical University in Munich and director of the Fraunhofer IGCV Institute in Augsburg), Dr. Christian Suttner (Senior Advisor at Starburst Accelerators), Dr. Christian Weimer (Head of Operations – Composites Technology at Airbus Group), Dr. Gerd Wingefeld (CTO at SGL Carbon) and Wolfgang Hehl (CEO at Augsburg Innovationspark). The awards were presented at the get-together party held on the 21st September in the Augsburger Textile and Industry museum as part of the current exhibition "Carbon – Material of the future" in the presence of over 400 guests. Two first prizes (each with a cash prize of 5,000 Euro) went to Cobratex from France (Manufacturer of composite products made of bamboo) and Cevotec from Germany (Market leader in Fibre Patch Placement technology). The third prize (the use of an office for a year in the Augsburg Technology Centre) went to the German start-up firm Sicony for their innovative platform for smart assembly manuals.

Want to participate to the next edition of Experience Composites ?
Join us now in Augsburg on the 21 and 22 of November 2017, and enter the competition for the Innovation Awards.