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Spotlight on Japan, Aeronautics & Carbon at JEC Asia 2013

News International-French

8 Apr 2013

Next June 25 - 27, 2013, JEC Asia will hold its 6th session at the Suntec Center, Singapore. JEC Group, the largest composites industry organization bringing together the whole value chain of the sector in the world, gives first trends.

A composites market undergoing major expansion

According to the annual survey of the composites market carried out by JEC Group, the Asian market has experienced high growth rates at around +6.9 % per year since 2002 and should reach up to 50% of the global production of composites by 2015.


"The market is increasingly in demand of advanced composites for a wide range of applications. We believe composites will see sustained growth in the construction, aeronautics, automotive, wind-power, Oil & Gas and EEE (electrical and electronic equipment) sectors in Asia over the next five years" says Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.


Japan: 2013 Country of Honor

A strong Composites Organization and undisputed leadership in the Carbon, resins and fiber glass sectors have confirmed the choice of Japan as country of Honor for JEC Asia 2013. Their advances in the automotive sector will be put in the limelight during this session as well as their many assets in the composites industry:

  • Ranked number 1 in Asia top 10 (excluding China)
  • An annual composites production of 523,000 tons
  • A fully integrated value chain
  • World-class level local players

JEC Asia: the comprehensive Asia-Pacific platform

JEC Group has been working on developing the Asia-Pacific market for more than 20 years and has created a regional platform 6 years ago at the demand of the industry. Many indicators prove that Singapore is the place to be thanks to a very dynamic industry in the field of composites through developments such as:

  • the creation of the Seletar Aerospace Park that brings together many activities in aeronautics
  • the rise of a chemical cluster
  • the development of partnerships between Universities (TUM/Singapore Polytechnic)
  • the presence of the Australian cluster on Carbon Fiber in aeronautics created by the University of Deakin" states Mrs. Mutel.

New partnership with TUM in 2013

JEC encourages and builds bridges between Composites professionals and research poles in universities within the frame of its strategy focused on Knowledge & Networking.

After having signed their MoU on JEC Asia in 2012, the Munich Institute of Science & Technology (TUM) and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will partner with JEC Group to offer a strong program of conferences in Singapore during JEC Asia 2013.


Aeronautics: a 2013 main trend

The Asia-Pacific region is leading the demand for new aircrafts: airlines will take delivery of approximately 9,370 new aircrafts valued at $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years according to a recent Airbus market forecast.


Highlight on Carbon Fiber

The global demand for PAN-based carbon fibers is expected to grow at a rate exceeding 15% a year. In 2012, around 16,500t of Carbon were produced in Asia, 80% of it in Japan.

For instance Toray, a world leader in carbon fiber has invested 22.5 billion yen in Japan in 2012 to build an integrated production facility for precursor and high-performance small-tow carbon fiber mainly used in aircraft and premium automobiles at their Ehime plant.


Biocomposites: towards sustainable composites

JEC Asia 2013 will be presenting a range of innovations in bio composites emphasizing especially the rapid commercial expansion of natural fibers used to replace traditional glass and carbon fibers. Natural fibers can improve the environmental compatibility of composite materials, especially bio composites, at a reasonable cost. All these developments are already emerging in Asia today. For instance, the green mobility is emphasized by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota that is speeding up the incorporation of bio composites in its production vehicles.