JEC World 2018 welcomes more than 40,000 visitors

The organizers of JEC World says that it had more than 1,300 exhibitors and 42,445 visitors from 115 countries.

‘The ability of JEC Group to gather the whole composites industry under one roof over three days lies in the fact that we always initiate new precursory programs to the service of composites professionals.’ said Frédérique Mutel, JEC group president and CEO.

This year JEC initiated new programs such as the Composite Challenge, allowing 10 PhD students to pitch their thesis in front of the industry, the Start Up Booster and Innovation Award Programs to accelerate relations between innovative companies with investors or established enterprises.

Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop opened the Startup Booster ceremony by supporting the spirit of ingenuity in the industry, while Dayton Horvath, iadditive manufacturing consultant presented his vision of how to apply artificial intelligence to composite materials and manufacturing.

A first at the show this year was the introduction of public votes to elect favorite projects among two JEC programs promoting innovation. The Public Choice Award For Startup Booster was Inca-Fiber (Germany) with 62.36% of the 2,221 votes, while the Public Choice Award For Jec Innovation Awards wasinfusion technology for an aircraft wing by AeroComposit JSC (Russia) gaining 20.96% of the 4,126 votes.

This story uses material from JEC,with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.