Composites show rewards innovation

This year's JEC Composites Show in Paris will play host to an Innovation Awards Programme which will see 11 companies and their partners receive awards.

The jury of international experts will choose the best composite innovations based on factors such as technical interest, market potential, partnership, financial impact and originality.

This year, the winners were selected from the following categories: Environment & Recycling, Bio-based Materials, Aeronautics, Building & Construction, Sports and Leisure, Transportation, Wind Energy, Raw Materials, Process and Automation.

According to JEC this year stands out for the increase in the number of applications and by their distribution. Applications arrived from 22 different countries in Europe, South Africa, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region.

The winners in the various categories are:

Environment & Recycling
Cutting edge possibilities with sustainable and intelligent materials
Winner: 3XN architects (DK)
Partners: StageOne Freeform Composite (UK); COWI A/S (DK)

Bio-based Materials
Flax yarn-based prepreg for vibration damping in sport applications
Winner: Lineo (Belgium)
Partners: Artengo / Decathlon (Oxylane group) (France); Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland); LRPMN d'Alencon (Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Propriétés des Matériaux Nouveaux) (France)

First welded thermoplastic composite Aircraft primary structure in series production
Winner: Fokker Aerostructures (NL)
Partners: KVE Composites Group (NL), Ten Cate (NL) and Ticona GmbH

Building & Construction
Intelligent composite "seismic wallpaper"
Winner: D'Appolonia S.p.A. (Italy)
Partners: Sächsisches Textilforschungsinstitut e.V. (Germany); APC Composit AB (Switzerland); Karl Mayer Malimo Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH (Germany) and several associations, laboratories and end-users in Europe (30 partners in the project).

Sports and Leisure
Carbon wheel for the road bicycle market
Winner: Corima S.A. (France)
Partners: Hexcel Composites (France); Evonik (Germany)

High-performance LFT PP pallet
Winner: Lomold Pty Ltd. (South Africa)
Partners: Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co. Ltd. (Taiwan); KHS Consulting cc (South Africa); Addcomp Holland BV (NL)

Wind Energy
Wind turbine made of 100% natural materials
Winner: LTP (France)
Partners: Groupe Depestele - Teillage Vandecandelaère (France); ACT ENER (France); Université Le Havre (Laboratoire Ondes et Milieux Complexes)

Raw Materials
Han-3D-Fabrics and Han-3D-Composites. New type of fabrics to avoid the problem of delamination and lack of resistance in general adhesives
Winner: Advanced Fiber Materials Technologies Co., Ltd. China
Partners: OCV Reinforcements (China); Shandong Shuangyi Group Co., Ltd. (China)

Assembly by structural adhesive bonding
Winner: S.A.B.C.A. (Belgium)
Partners: Biteam AB (Belgium); Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Germany); Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) (Australia)

Automation 2 innovations tie for first place!
Cured Laminate Compensation (CLC) process – an innovative composite manufacturing solution for saving composite material and increasing production throughput
Winner: Magestic Systems Inc. (USA)
Partners: Lockheed Martin (USA); Nikon Metrology (Belgium)

Automated preform production line for CFRP aircraft frames
Winner: EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
Partners: SGL Kuempers GmbH & Co. KG (Germany); Airbus Operations GmbH (Germany).

The 2010 JEC Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 13th at 5:00 pm on the JEC Show and will be open to all visitors.

Chris Shaw

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