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Spanish presence during JEC Europe 2013

News International-French

5 Mar 2013

Aernnova, Aesicom, Future Fibres and Tecnatom are participants in this third Spanish Pavilion Stand X20 at the European edition of JEC Show.

Given the growing interest of the exhibition, and the wide possibilities that the application of composite materials offers in such diverse fields as aerospace, automotive, wind energy and naval. Spanish companies participating in previous editions have decided to come together once again to emphasize its presence in this edition. Spain is the seventh foreign country in largest representation in the lounge, after Germany, UK or U.S.

The next meeting will be in Singapour, from the 25th to the 27th of June, and the third one of the year, in Boston from the 2nd to the 4th of October.

JEC is an organization dedicated to the promotion of composite materials, whose main activities are focused on holding annual exhibitions in Paris, Singapore and Boston, Conferences and Forums in the development of Innovative Programs, edition various publications.

  • Aernnova’s Engineering

Aernnova’s main activity is on the aviation sector. However, they come to JEC Composites to showcase their engineering and manufacturing capabilities in composite materials for other sectors as well.

The engineering division, which employs more than 1,100 employees, is specialized in the development of aircraft structures, wind blades or rail cars among other applications. In fact, they are equipped with capabilities to implement their know-how in many areas in which composites are becoming increasingly applied.

Engineering activities of the Group covers all the product development phase: Design, testing, prototyping and certification of both the product (aircraft structures, wind blades) and equipment (tools, molds). These activities are carried out in top engineering centers in Spain, USA, Brazil, UK and India.

In the manufacturing field, Aernnova and Aeroblade (a subsidiary dedicated to the design and production of wind blades) have four plants and use different composite technologies such as: ATL, RTM, Infusion, Hand Lay Up and Filament Winding.

Aernnova Group had a turnover of more than 520MM€ in 2012 and has 4,300 employees. Its main customers include Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, EADS, Sikorsky, HBC, GE Aviation, Hyundai, Daewoo and Donfang among others.

  • Aesicom

Aesicom, the cluster of Spanish composites industry, will contribute during 2013 to the growth of Spanish SME’s in the composites sector

Aesicom, the cluster of Spanish composites industry, will promote networking among its members and technological audits through its collaboration with his technological partner, AIMPLAS, during 2013. Aesicom has the goal to work together with companies related to composite materials to increase their competitiveness since its beginning in 2005. Aesicom was recognized as Group of Innovative Companies by the Ministry of Industry in 2012.

The purpose of Aesicom is to reach all sectors that are present in the composites market (Automotive, construction, renewable energies, transportation, aviation and sailing among others) in order to make known the growing needs of these industries.

The cluster promotes and represents Spanish companies of composites and reinforced plastics in Europe, defends and promotes their common interests, empower contacts between its members in Spain and look for synergies between them. Aesicom is the common voice and the meeting point of its partners.

Aesicom promotes studies, technical training and develop activities to improve the technological level of companies in order for them to achieve a more favorable position. In addition, the cluster partners receive a free newsletter called “Technological Observatory in Composites Sector”. Another advantage is a special discount on courses, seminars and technical conferences organized by the cluster.

Thanks to a collaboration agreement with his technological partner, AIMPLAS, member companies of AIMPLAS that belong to the composites sector, can apply for membership of Aesicom with no added cost, so that they can benefit from all the advantages given by AIMPLAS and Aesicom.

Technological audits for composites SME’s:
One of the value added services by Aesicom is his initiative with the aim of detecting technical problems in the transformation processes area of composite materials. The main problems associated with the production of composites in different processes will be discussed with each partner during their audits. After collecting all the information, specific plans aimed at developing the technology needed to reduce the impact of these issues in the different processes will be launched in collaboration with Aesicom’s technological partner, AIMPLAS, thus contributing to improve the competitiveness of composites SME’s.

  • Futurefibres

Having pioneered the use of continuously wound, unidirectional fibre for yacht rigging in 1997, Future Fibres continues to be the world's leading supplier of composite rigging to the race, cruise and superyacht markets. It has maintained its position through continuous development and a determination to deliver the lightest, strongest and most aerodynamic composite cable solutions available. In recent years, Future Fibres has built on its experience and diversified into carbon masts, compression tubes and custom composite components, in non-marine applications.

The drive to exceed existing levels of performance and reliability have, so far, taken the company into areas as diverse as Motorsport safety tethers, Ministry of Defence projects to large-scale construction cables as well as structural tensile members used in test laboratories such as CERN and construction pendants on cranes.

Future Fibres currently employs over 100 composite designers, engineers and technicians and has invested heavily in its 9000m² purpose-built production facility in Valencia, Spain.

  • Tecnatom

Tecnatom  is a private service engineering company (890 people), established in 1957, with more than 50 years of experience in Non Destructive Testing (NDT).

Originally engaged with the Power Generation Sector (Nuclear or Fossil ), it has opened their technology capacities to the to the following sectors: petrochemicals, renewable energy, railway, industrial sector in general, and particularly, to the aerospace industry.

The main areas of activity are:

  1. NDT: Testing, inspection and analysis of the structural integrity of systems, components manufactured in composite or metallic materials, Technical assistant, and Supply of systems and procedures; Inspection in Service and Quality Control.
  2. Industrial Processes: development of remote control and data acquisition systems, and software for automatic analysis; operating aid systems engineering for industrial plants
  3. Training: NDT certification, I&C, start-up and maintenance, training of operating personnel using total scope simulators.
  4. R&D + Innovation: public-private collaboration agreements with different universities and research centres, with technological SMEs, and clusters of hi-tech collaborating companies.

Whilst  the name of Tecnatom has been associated during the last 50 years with the application of Non-destructive Tests (NDT) in the field of Power Plants, the increasing demand in other industrial sectors for NDT engineering services with a high technological level in the development and application of inspection systems and procedures, has led to Tecnatom diversifying into other industrial areas such as the aerospace industry.

Added to the experience acquired in the control of metals (steels and aluminium), work in the aerospace sector has led to the incorporation of tests carried out on materials with varying kinds of carbon fibre and components made with titanium by means of superplastic moulding.

Tecnatom carries out all the activities, which correspond to inspection engineering in the aeronautical sector. The NDT activities include services such as test, inspection or control of components, during the manufacturing or in service, the technical assistant, the supply of equipments, systems and procedures, and the training on NDT techniques.

More in detail, the activities include:

  1. Collaboration with the client in the specification of the inspection systems.
  2. Development of the inspection procedures.
  3. Design and development of automatic inspection systems.
  4. Manufacture and acceptance tests.
  5. Maintenance and post-sales service.
  6. Services related with the aero-parts inspection

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