Jec World, the world's largest composites fair, has opened its doors for the first time on a new site, the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Park. The show set new records with a total area of 62,000 square metres, 1,300 exhibitors and 36,946 professional visits. Among the new features of this edition were the "Planets", 4 new exhibition areas totalling more than 1,800 square meters.
According to Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of the Jec Group, the show received a unanimous reception combining pride in the composites industry and appreciation of its development by the Jec Group. "The Jec teams have done an outstanding job, mobilizing to present composites to the world in a remarkable way. Jec World 2016 was an opportunity to showcase, share and showcase an incredible diversity of products and technologies. Composite materials are increasingly being used. In a world in search of energy savings and recyclability, composites are one of the most appropriate responses. Innovative solutions are now needed to address current and future challenges in terms of performance, relief, cost reduction and cycle time, while taking into account major environmental issues. »
Jec's "innovation planets"
Four "Innovation Planets" each targeting a specific final market (Aero Planet, Hexion-sponsored Auto Planet, Sports Planet and Sustainable Planet) were also launched at this year's show. These areas have been a great success, offering visitors the opportunity to see, touch and experiment with innovative composite parts, attend demonstrations and ask questions about innovations.
A new name and a new place for the comfort of all
In order to truly reflect the global dimension of the show, which hosted participants from more than 100 countries, the event was renamed "JEC World". To provide more convenience to exhibitors and visitors, the show has also been moved north of Paris, close to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, train stations and many other facilities. Its total area has grown to 62,000 square metres, providing visitors and exhibitors with more space and new equipment to streamline their visit, including a new mobile application, site-wide Internet connections, a concierge service open to all and digital touch screens.
During the three days of the show, participants had access to a wealth of information with 11 high-level conferences, some of which were organized in partnership with Inovev, Cetim, e-Xstream, Stanford University, Onera, Composites Innovation Cluster, AZL and Dassault Systemes. The 30 technical-commercial presentations and more than 40 presentations on planets also covered a wide range of topics related to current events and the future of composites. A large delegation of Korean visitors and exhibitors was on hand to represent the Republic of Korea, the show's country of honour. They presented their latest developments, particularly in the carbon field, affirming to the world their positioning as key players in the composite industry.
The next edition will take place from March 14 to 16, 2017 at the same venue.