The whole world is going to converge on Paris, the composites capital, to take part in the industry’s largest international technological showcase:JEC Europe – Composites Show & Conferences
, from March 12 – 14, 2013 at the Paris Porte de Versailles.
With 50,000m2 of floor space, the equivalent of eight soccer fields, the sold-out JEC Show will represent the global composites industry and its most recent advances in heavily composite-consuming sectors such as aerospace, aeronautics, shipbuilding, railway, automotive, mass transportation, construction, equipment, and sports and leisure.
“The global composites market represents 81.6 billion euros in value and 9.2 million metric tons in volume for 2012. This market is growing an average of 6% per year. Composites are used more and more often to lighten structures, aircraft, and vehicles in general, thus improving energy efficiency,” says Frédérique Mutel.
Mutel, who is the JEC Group president and CEO, says that of all the new patents in the last year, international contractors and decision-makers in up-and-coming economies will likely focus on the ones involving robotics and automated manufacturing processes.
“Innovation is present in each of the steps of the value chain. Producers of raw materials (polymers, as well as carbon, glass, and natural fibers) have heavily invested in the research and development of new formulations. Downstream, at the part manufacturing level, the industry is also highly innovative.”