Energetic composites market showcased at JEC Asia 2014
Nov. 24, 2014, Singapore - Asia will represent 53% of the worldwide composites market in the next 5 years. The main Asian countries participating in the event presented their current positions and ambitions for the future. Thanks to the connection between the academic and industrial sectors, “green” transportation was central to the event with examples of electric cars or taxis for instance.
November 24, 2014 By Carey Fredericks
The aerospace industry is also changing with the high penetration of composites and reallocation of parts production. After new concepts of houses or schools in kit able to be set in a few days, JEC Asia hosted new concepts of products such as boats set in a few minutes for instance. The 7th edition of JEC Asia 2014 bears witness to an energetic Asian Composites Market. JEC Group, the world’s leading professional organization for the composite materials sectors, closed the 7th annual session of JEC Asia Composites Show & Conferences with promising outcomes for the Asian Composites market.
The Show was once again the place where Networking met with Knowledge sharing and Innovations.
Alain Prost, 4 times Formula 1 World Champion held a debate on High-Tech Composites in Automotive and Achievement to every attendees’ honor. “Alain Prost shared his experience in the race car industry and the difficulties he had to overcome to succeed in a competitive environment. His highlight of the importance of being surrounded by a good team and their common faith to success is truly inspiring. I can relate to his state of mind as the Composites Industry evolves in a fierce market. JEC mission is to create the best environment and give the needed knowledge to every exhibitors and visitors of JEC Asia to build successful partnerships and gather the most information possible from our conferences”, says Mrs Frederique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.
Indeed, delegates who attended the 5 conferences on Asian Markets trends, Production Solutions, Oil& Gas, Aeronautics and Carbon were able to discuss the new trends with more than 30 speakers from Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Moreover 11 national pavilions (France, China, Thailand, United Kingdom, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Japan and the USA) proudly represented their Composites advances to the international crowd of more than 50 countries. “The support of our long-time partners from all around the world, especially in Asia, has helped us bring the event to what it is today: an international platform with composites professionals willing to develop the Industry together”, adds Mrs Mutel. Also, 6 composites representatives of 6 countries supported JEC with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on the first day.
In addition to the meetings on site, more than 250 pre-arranged business meetings were organized by JEC teams between exhibitors and end-users buyers such as Airbus Defense, Boeing, BASF, Delta Aircraft, Louis Vuitton, Mitsubishi Chemicals, to name a few.
This year, Singapore Composites Industry has been chosen as country of honor. Out of the 11 Innovation Awards trophies, no less than 4 Innovation Awards were handed out to Singaporean laureates in the Compression Molding, Life Achievement, Academic and Student categories.
Also, the Singaporean Universities’ projects have been showcased in the Live Demo Zone and the Innovation Corner with pioneering composites parts:
- Race car from the National University of Singapore’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineering (NUS FSAE),
- SunSPEC 3 solar car from Singapore Polytechnic,
- Electric EVA Car, taxi for tropical megacities, with a monocoque structure made entirely of carbon fibre reinforced polymer. The car is developed by TUM Create (joint research programme between Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore).
Two Composites Tours were organized to showcase Singapore advances in Composites through sites visits:
- at HOPE Technik Pte Ltd where the delegation visited the composite workshop. A few examples of applications were seen such as modification of a pick-up truck for firefighting purposes, components for various applications within the industry as well as molds for Composite manufacturing.
- at Republic Polytechnic where visitors could have an introduction to the ARCH (Aerospace Hub), a 1,500 square meters facility that provides opportunities to study aircraft structures, systems and engines.