Jec World, the world's largest composites trade show, opened its doors for the first time on a new site, the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center. The show set new records, with a total surface area of 62,000 m², 1,300 exhibitors and 36,946 professional visitors. New this year were the "Planets", 4 new exhibition areas totalling over 1,800 m².
According to Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of the Jec Group, the show received a unanimous welcome, combining pride in the composites industry and appreciation of the way it was promoted by the Jec Group. " The Jec teams have done an outstanding job, mobilizing to present composites to the world in a truly remarkable way. Jec World 2016 was an opportunity to present, share and showcase an incredible diversity of products and technologies. Composite materials are becoming increasingly widely used. In a world in search of energy savings and recyclability, composites are asserting themselves as one of the best adapted answers. Innovative solutions are needed today to meet current and future challenges in terms of performance, weight reduction, cost reduction and cycle times, while taking account of major environmental issues. "
Jec "innovation planets
Four "Innovation Planets", each targeting a specific end-market (the Aero Planet, the Auto Planet sponsored by Hexion, the Sports Planet and the Sustainable Planet) were also launched at the show this year. These zones were a great success, offering visitors the chance to see, touch and experience innovative composite parts, watch demonstrations and ask questions about the innovations.
A new name and a new place for everyone's comfort
To truly reflect the global dimension of the show, which welcomed participants from over 100 countries, the event was renamed "JEC World". To offer greater convenience to exhibitors and visitors alike, the show was also relocated to the north of Paris, close to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, railway stations and numerous other infrastructures. Its total surface area has been increased to 62,000 m², offering visitors and exhibitors more space and new facilities to make their visit more fluid, including a new mobile application, Internet connections throughout the site, a concierge service open to all, and digital touch screens.
Over 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 the "Planets" also covered a wide range of topics relating to current events and the future of composites. A large delegation of Korean visitors and exhibitors were on hand to represent the Republic of Korea, the show's Country of Honor. They showcased their latest innovations, particularly in the field of carbon, confirming to the world their position as key players in the composites industry.
The next edition will take place from March 14 to 16, 2017 at the same venue.