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JEC Asia Report

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27 Nov 2019

After three days of demonstrating the bright future ahead of composites, JEC Asia 2019 welcomed more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations to more than 6,600 attendees from 49 countries in Seoul. From global brands to visionary startups, these companies set the composite world abuzz with the promise of innovation, knowledge, and networking.

Major Announcements of this new edition

e day started with the Official Ceremony and continued
On the first day of the 12th edition of JEC Asia 2019, Eric Pierrejean, JEC Group CEO and Yoon Hyuk Bang, President of KCTECH gave a welcoming speech and present JEC Asia 2019’s main features during the opening ceremony.

Eric Pierrejean also thanked Korean government officials, local companies and institutes who took part in the event. Thanks to JEC Asia platform, they were able to sign three major MOUs. The first one was between Jeonbuk region and Korea International Trade Association(KITA), the second one between Korea Pallet Pool Co., Jeonbuk province and Hankuk Carbon. And the third one between Pitchcable Inc., Jeonbuk province and BSM. These agreements reflect the national “Gloden Triangle” Composites strategy announced in August by Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea. Major economic investments of 7 to 8 trillion won (US$ 5.82 to 6.66) will support this strategy in the next seven years to structure and reinforce the local Composites industry.

Within this context, after three successful JEC Asia shows in Seoul, Eric Pierrejean officially announced the new name of the event, JEC KOREA, as of 2020, in order to promote the Korean composites sector and also to reinforce Seoul’s positioning as THE place to meet for the composites industry in the Asia Pacific region.

This strategic positioning has already been confirmed this year by the presence of many foreign government representatives: his Excellency Mr Philippe Lefort, French Ambassador to Korea, Mr Alexander Renner, Head of the Scientific Affairs Division of the German Embassy in Seoul, and Giampiero Valeo, Commercial Attache of the Italian Embassy in Seoul.

A very robust and high-level conferences program

A very robust and high-level conferences program
The Technical conferences held in parallel of the show were dedicated to carbon fiber, to Automotive and to Aeronautics with the support of KCTech and Composites United. They confirm the actual global trends in the Composites Business:
  • Sustainability: the introduction and conclusion presentations were dedicated to sustainability and recycling. Dr. Joachim H. Henning from Composites United pointed out that the main question to introduce composites in a new development was: how much it costs?, it is now: is it recyclable? Mr. Wang Chih-Yung from UHT Unitech introduced a in house microwave recycle system for composite materials. Mr. Gerret Kalkoffen from Carbon TT explained how the iIncrease pay load of commercial vehicules is today a great selling point for composites;
  • Thermoplastics: wether to increase production volume or to increase recyclability, many speakers insisted of the development of thermoplastics: Oh Gun Son from Samyangsa, Viktor Major from Velocite BVBA, Gu-Youn Kim from Engel Machinery Korea, Charlotte Troubat from Chomarat…
  • Development of new processes and materials: our industry remains very active in proposing new solutions as showed by:
    Ousuke Ishida  from Innovative Composite Center - KIT, Jens Boelke from Thomas Technik, Sang-Woo Kim from Korea Institute of Materials Science, Daniel Grauer from c-m-p gmbh, Siyan Qing from Covestro, Bin Wei from NIO, Rob Blackburn from Solvay, Sean Henson from Ascent Aerospace, Seung Beom Kang from KCTECH, Yoong Ahm Kim from the Chonnam National University…
  • H2 Storage: this application is extraordinary in terms of volume of composites but a new paradigm is needed to dramatically increase production speed. Sung Ha from the Hanyang University, Tadashi Uozumi from Murata Machinery and Emmanuel Flouvat from MF Tech brought this to the fore;
  • Oil & Gas: Desipte the low price of crude oil, Composites continue to be a must in some Oil & Gas application as Anh-Tuan Do from TechnipFMC and Mohammed W. Al-Qahtani from Aramco Asia pointed out.

JEC Asia 2019 Innovation Awards

JEC Asia 2019 Innovation Awards
The JEC Innovation Awards is a long-established and worldwide program with three simple goals: identify, promote, and reward the most innovative composite solutions in the world. Over the past 15 years, the JEC Innovation Program has involved 1,800 companies worldwide; 177 companies and 433 partners have been rewarded for the excellence of their composite innovations. The JEC Innovation Awards reward composites champions, based on criteria such as partner involvement in the value chain, technicality, or commercial applications of innovations.  

The awards ceremony took place place on November 14, 2019, in the COEX in Seoul. Ben Bassat, President and CEO of Plataine Avner opened the ceremony with a keynote about “The 4th industrial revolution: implementing IIOT and AI to composite materials and manufacturing”. The winners have been rewarded for their innovative solutions, in 10 categories:

  • The Czech company Compo Tech Plus Spol with its PartnersAero Vodochody Aerospace have won in the category Aeropace for the Composite Aileron structure made by filament winding a cured in one step. The production is automated with no sandwich core structure or secondary bonding.
  • Hyundai Motor Group with its partners Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., SK Chemicals and Hyundai Steel won in the category   for their work on the Evolution of Painting for CFRP Auto Body Panels allowing Class A surface finish by on-line / in-line painting processes. It proposes a new method for producing a CFRP trunk-lid based on PCM and SMC process.
  • Hanyang University with Kolon Plastics and Hyundai Motors were awarded in the category Automotive Structural for their Lightweight Engine Bracket using Hybrid Processing. This lightweight and noise-damping engine bracket is developed using compression molding of chopped and Continuous UD Carbon Prepreg to replace the complex shaped bulky and heavy automotive engine bracket.
  • In the Category Electrical, Electronics & Appliances, Jiva Materials Ltd from UK with its French partner Eco-Technilin have created Soluboard® - a revolutionary bio-composite material manufactured with Eco-Technilin’s FlaxTape™ - designed to redefine the way that we manufacture Printed Circuit Boards.
  • M&A Dieterle GmbH and its partners Filacon Systems by Tajima and the University of Stuttgart - Institute of Aircraft Design -IFB (GERMANY) combine FixedTow laying with with tailored fibre placement for simplified and optimized preforming: Novel Tailored fixedTow Placement Machine for fast results and ease of use. They received the JEC Award Trophy in the category Industrial Equipment for this.
  • The University Of New South Wales – AMAC with the Australian Defence Science and Technology (DST) - Maritime Division Department (Australia) have been awarded in the category Merine for the development of a shape Adaptive Hydrofoil with Fiber-Optic Sensing. It consists in a validated optimized methodology for design of passive shape adaptive structures. This 1:1 scale 3D part was embedded with fiber-optic sensors and manufactured using Automated Fiber Placement robot.
  • Jiangsu Hengshen received a price in the category Railway for its Maglev train CFRP beam. For the first time, a composite material is used to manufacture the suspension frame beam to meet the flame retardant requirements of EN45545-2013 (HL2). Also for the first time, the OOA process is used to prepare structural members such as suspension frame beams.
  • Ergon Projetos Ltda - a spin-off of the Brazilian Cogumelo Company – developed a smart station which is an innovative urban structure, off-grid stationary generator that provides shadow, clean energy, night lightening, connectivity and can be used for the IoT Commerce and MOOH. The clever way of using composites allowed them to win in the category renewable energy.
  • Daimler AG and their numerous partners: ARENA2036 [Active Research Environment for the Next generation of Automobiles], Robert Bosch GmbH, the Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten (RWU) and ACE - Advanced Composite Engineering GmbH have won an award in the category Smart Composites for their Composites 4.0 – CFRP with wireless sensor systems. Composites with Intelligence on board: This CFRP-part is a completely autonomous system made from carbon fibers in a serial process with wireless power supply, sensors and data Transmission.
  • And last and not least, Toray Industries, Honma Golf Co. and Suzuki Motor Corporation won the Sports & Leisure Award for the Torayca® Prepreg ET40 with Superior Formability. It achieves superior levels of formability with complex shapes while keeping equivalent mechanical properties to conventional continuous fiber UD prepreg.

JEC Composites StartUp Booster

On second day of #JECAsia 2019
JEC Group is continuously sourcing innovations and promoting them. Its different programs ‒ Startup Booster competition, the Innovation Planet, the Students Program, and the JEC Innovation Awards – enable innovative global composite projects, as well as fruitful collaborations between different players in the value chain.

JEC Startup Booster competition was held for the first time in Asia this year. Five out of the ten finalists are Korea-based, reflecting once again the local economic dynamism.



The competition was a great success and rewarded the following startups:

  • Gold award: Anisoprint (Russia)
  • Silver award: Dou Ys’ Chem (South Korea)
  • Bronze award: Imagine Intelligent Materials (Australia)

Three of them won a chance to present their work at JEC World 2020 in Paris next March.


Discover the innovations displayed during JEC Asia 2019

  • ANH structure supply outstanding & accountable solutions in aerospace industries. The company presents an automatic scarfing machine for composite part repair. The process is maded of 5 steps: surface scarfing with damaged part, recreating surface to tooling path generation, automatic scarfing process, surface treatment with plasma machine, and scarfing process finished.
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ANH Structure

  • The Wam company presents this year a pressure vessel for hydrogen vehicles. A type 4 carbon fibre pressure vessel with storage pressure up to 700 bar has been developed to meet the demand of higher fuel economy and zero emission for hydrogen vehicles. The epoxy resin 4006A/B is reinforced with carbon and glass fibre.   
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The Wam company presents a pressure vessel for hydrogen vehicles made with carbon and glass fiber ➖  Type IV up to 700 bar pressure  ➖


  • 3D printed trim fixture
    The aerospace market is shifting to use primarily composite-only structures. This shift means that next generation flow lines of new aircraft will require technology to meet this requirement. This product is a 3D printed demo tool of a trim fixture used in aerospace applications. It was made with a large scale additive manufacturing machine, using an ABS/chopped carbon fiber composite material.
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    3D Printed Trim Fixture


  • The Atech solution company presents two B-pillars made of carbon fibre and thermoplastic. These one are realized with HP-RTM process. The dimemsions are 940-280-155mm. Atech solution offer carbon composite material mold manufacturing technology (SMC, PCM, RTM, WCM, Autoclave...).
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B-pillars made of carbon fibre and thermoplastic
  • This panoramic sunroof frame presents by Samyamg Corporation is made of carbon-long fiber thermoplastics (C-LFT). The manufacturing process used is injection molding. The weight reduction is 50%. the product was developed in cooperation with Hyundai, Webasto Donghee.
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Samyamg Corporation

  • Dr. Joachim Henning of Composites United confirms that recycling of carbon fiber is a technical reality and that the use of recycled fibers is economically very promising, during his speech "Sustainability in the future production of composites for aerospace application"
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Dr. Joachim Henning

  • Kookmin University student project: Racing car
    Students worked in teams to focus on creating a harmonious vehicle, to challenge new technologies to produce improved vehicles every year. In addition, they participate in various competitions such as Formula SAE in Michigan and KSAE held in Gunsan. Students at the Kookmin University used mainly CFRP Prepreg. The T-800 series is used under the sponsorship of Hankuk Carbon, which has 1.2 times higher elastic modulus than the previous T-700 series. CFRP complets components mainly through oven molding. Pressing the entire surface of the CFRP at a pressure of about 1 bar while forming a certain temperature at a certain time.
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Kookmin University Student Project: Racing Car


  • Shape-adaptive CFRP side impact beam in hybrid matrix design
    The shape adaptive impact beam was developed within the EU funded project Matisse (Framework 7). Main partners for the development were Daimler, Autoliv and TUM. Stiffness adaption through pressurization of a hollow CFRP  Structure to optimize the energy absorption behavior. Use of different types of plastics (elastomers and thermosets) to adapt locally the part properties for a defined deformation.
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Shape-adaptive CFRP side impact beam in hybrid matrix design


  • 50K carbon fiber could cost only 10€/kg in China in 2-3 years. That was one of the many interesting comments made during the Automotive Conference

50K carbon fiber could cost only 10€/kg in China in 2-3 years

  • 3D-Printed carbon fibre unibody bike frame
    AREVO engaged Bill Stephens of Studio West, to rethink and push the design boundaries with what is now possible with 3D printing. Mr. Stephens came up with a unibody, cantilevered bike frame structure that had not been possible until then. The very first bike was created in just 14 days (from initial design to rideable bike) – and showcased at one of the world’s leading events for the bicycling industry, the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, in April 2018. As a result, AREVO garnered significant interest from within the bike industry (and elsewhere as well). World’s first 3D Printed carbon fibre unibody composite bicycle frame. The robotic armbased printer uses Direct Energy Deposition Technology for Thermoplastic Composite Materials with continuous fibres.
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3D-Printed carbon fibre unibody bike frame


Hyosung Advanced Materials
  • FliteBoard - The fastest electric foiling composite surfboard
    Cobra has collaborated with Flite - the electric foiling surfboard manufacturer - on Fliteboard and Fliteboard PRO, two state of the art, electric foiling composite surfboards that reach speeds of up to 45kmh. A carbon/innegra prepreg EPS sandwich laminate was selected for the boards ensuring maximum strength and stiffness at low weight, with each board weighing 22-28kg. The electronic components are contained in a Cobra engineered carbon battery box with a full carbon sandwich lid that enables a high Bluetooth connection. The boards, foils, accessories are all manufactured at Cobra’’s 10,000m2 plant.

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FliteBoard - The fastest electric foiling composite surfboard


  • Human aided automation – a game changing chance for the aerospace industry
    At JEC Asia Technical Conference dedicated to Automotive Dr. Stüve from the DLR showed that for an optimal automated production output, the human presence is absolutely needed to cope with a plant complexity and interact with the machinery.
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Dr. Stüve from the DLR
  • MILVUS drone
    MILVUS, with its latest VTOL technology, overcomes the disadvantage of operating existing fixed wing drone that is finding an open space for takeoff and landing. MILVUS is a delta type fixed wing that has 4 carbon vertical props for takeoff and landing, and 1 wooden tri-blade horizontal motor for the accelation. Outer material is composite with carbon support inner frame.
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See you at JEC Korea 2020, The leading composites event in Asia Pacific, Seoul Coex • 11 – 13 November 2020