Winners of JEC Innovation Awards announced  

The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony will highlight 13 innovators on stage and will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. at JEC World in Paris.

The JEC Group has unveiled the names of the 13 winners of the JEC Innovation Awards, which reward the best composite breakthroughs based on their technical interest, market potential, partnerships, financial and environmental impact and originality. 

Just as last year, a high number of submissions came from the automotive industry. Process improvement was also one of the most represented themes, highlighting the importance of cycle time reduction.

With 13 categories ranging from raw materials to process, to applications in various fields such as aeronautics, automotive, construction, marine and better living, the winning projects offer a complete overview of the composite value chain, and the many future opportunities that are still to be taken in the field of composites.

The JEC Innovation Awards ceremony will highlight 13 innovators on stage and will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. at JEC World (Paris Nord Villepinte - France). All exhibitors and visitors are welcome to attend the ceremony. The JEC Innovation Awards Program is sponsored by JEC Composites Magazine, Luxinnovation, Luxembourg and the National Composite Centre – Luxembourg (NCC-L).

The 13 winners of the JEC Innovation Awards:

Aeronautics – IHI Corporation (Japan): Innovative composite fan system for aero-engines
Automotive, Structural – Forward Engineering GmbH (Germany): T-RTM
Automotive, Exterior – LG Hausys (South Korea): One-piece roof rack
Construction – ACCIONA Construcción SA (Spain): Innovative composite panels, an alternative to steel and concrete for high-speed railway tunnel construction
Process – IRT M2P (France): Fast RTM
Manufacturing – Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany): Voith Roving Applicator
Sustainability – Faurecia (France): NAFILite microcellular foamed material
Marine – VABO Composites (The Netherlands): “Plug-and-play” composite ship door
3D Printing – +LAB - Politecnico di Milano University (Italy): Smart manufacturing of continuous-fibre composites: Atropos
Software – e-Xstream (Luxembourg): Digimat AM
Sports – Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF) (Germany): Recurve bow riser
Raw Materials – Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany): Desmocomp – a novel solution for composites
Better Living – Brødrene AA (Norway): Vision of the Fjords, Ship of the Year 2016 in Norway