JEC Europe 2013, the world's largest composites trade show, is a week away, scheduled for March 12-14 at the Paris Expo (Porte de Versailles, Paris, France).
Show organizers say that, for the 2013 edition, they’ve filled every stand on its 50,000m2 (538,195 ft2) show floor — an area equal to eight soccer fields. More than 1,100 exhibitors will be on hand, 80 percent of them from outside France. Europe will account for 74 percent of the exhibitors, while 10 percent will come from the U.S. and 13 percent from Asia’s emerging markets.
JEC Europe exhibitors serve a wide range of end markets. Automotive and marine top the list, each served by 14 percent of the exhibitors; 13 percent serve the aerospace sector, 12 percent support building/construction; 11 percent, rail transit; and 10 percent, wind
energy. About 31 percent of the exhibitors supply raw materials, 22 percent are equipment suppliers, and 39 percent offer processing or other services.
Organizers predict more than 32,000 attendees, based on what JEC says is a cumulative 86 percent hike in the number of visitors in the past decade.
Leading up to and overlapping JEC Europe will be the European arm of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE Europe), which will present its 34th International Conference. The two-day event will feature two keynote addresses. The first, geared to SAMPE’s foundational aerospace market, will be given by co-presenters Nicholas Melillo and Andrew Mallow from The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) on the subject of “Rapid Prototyping as a Tool for Technology Insertion.” The other, on day two, will feature a focus on the up-and-coming automotive market. Dr. Armin Plath, Volkswagen AG (Wolsburg, Ger- many), will discuss his paper titled “From Small Scale to Volume Production — How to Make Carbon Fiber Mainstream.”