A celebration of the most successful and innovative projects in the Composite industry
The JEC Innovation Awards identify, promote and reward the most innovative composite projects worldwide. They celebrate the fruitful cooperations between the different segments of the Composite Supply Chain. Over the past 15 years, the JEC Innovation Awards have brought in 1,800 companies worldwide. 177 companies and 433 partners have been rewarded for the excellence of their composite innovations. In 2019, the JEC Innovation Awards receives the support of Kordsa.
The competition is open to any company or R&D Centers with a strong collaborative innovation or concept to present. The success of each competitor is closely linked to the partnerships and collective intelligence involved. The categories cover all the applicative markets: Automotive and Road Transportation, Aerospace, Defense, Security & Ballistics, Renewable Energy, Building & Construction, Infrastructure & Civil Engineering, Oil and Gas, Medical & Prosthetics, Electronics, Industrial Equipment, Furniture & Appliances, Sports & Leisure and Marine.
After a recruitment phase via online submission forms, JEC selects 30 finalists, for their exceptional impact and performance. The 30 finalists are showcased at JEC World via Technical Posters in the Innovation Awards «Hall of Fame» area. Out of these 30 finalists, 10 are finally short-listed by a jury and awarded during a ceremony, on the second day of the show.The benefits of joining the JEC Innovation Award.
Recognized as an institution all over the world, the JEC Innovation Awards allow the winners and their partners to gain:
- International recognition
- Enhanced exposure during the show and all year long
- Business opportunities
- Customer confidence
AEROSPACE - APPLICATION
Winner: Herone (Germany) and partners TU Dresden (Germany), Victrex Europa GmbH (Germany).
Injection forming of gears on CF-PAEK drive shafts
Injection forming of CF-PAEK composite profiles with CF-PEEK – a smart progression of the overmoulding technology to reach the next-level of connection strength for integral composite profiles.
AEROSPACE - PROCESS
Winner: Profactor GmbH (Austria) and partners Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (Germany), Danobat (Spain), Dassault Systemes SA (France), FIDAMC- Fundación para la Investigación, Desarrollo y Aplicación de Materiales Compuestos (Spain), IDEKO S. COOP (Spain), InFactory Solutions GmbH (Germany), M. Torres Diseños Industriales SA (Spain), Profactor GmbH (Austria)
Zero-defect manufacturing process
The development is a zero-defect manufacturing process for large composite parts. It uses inline monitoring and decision support systems to avoid defects showing up only during final NDT.
AUTOMOTIVE - APPLICATION
Winner: Polyscope Polymers (Netherlands)
Composite guide rails for a roller-blind sunroof
The first time that a thermoplastic composite successfully replaces aluminium for guide rails on roller-blind sunroof modules.
AUTOMOTIVE - PROCESS
Winner: Evopro Systems Engineering Kft. (Hungary) and partners eCon Engineering Kft. (Hungary), HD Composite Zrt. (Hungary), Université de technologie et d’économie de Budapest, Faculté de génie mécanique (Hungary) et Académie hongroise des sciences, Centre de recherche en sciences naturelles (Hungary)
Fast manufacturing of complex TP composites
Automated, short-cycle-time production of thermoplastic polymer composites with a special focus on high functional integration, complexity and recyclability of the parts, based on T-RTM technology.
CONSTRUCTION & INFRASTRUCTURE
Winner: Arkema (France) and partners Arkema (France), National Cooperative Highway Research Program – NCHRP (USA), Sireg (Italy), Université de Miami (USA)
Bendable TP composite reinforcements for concrete
Readily bendable thermoplastic composite bar and cable for reinforced and prestressed concrete revolutionizing the durability of construction.
Winner: Technical University of Denmark (Denmark) and parters Centexbel (Belgium), Comfil (Denmark), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
Bio4self – Self-reinforced PLA composites
Bio-based, easy-to-recycle self-reinforced composite materials using high-stiffness PLA fibres for use in sports, automotive and medical applications.
SPORTS & HEALTHCARE
Winner: KTM-Technologies GmbH (Austria) and partners KTM-Technologies GmbH (Austria), Mitsubishi Chemical Carbon Fiber and Composites GmbH (Germany)
FMC for the KTM carbon skid plate
The first structural composite skid plate produced using an FMC/NCF/elastomer hybrid. This direct production line with a one-shot process enables the best product-market fit in series production in terms of properties and costs.
Winner: Continuous Composites (USA) and partners Air Force Research Lab (USA), FCA / Comau (USA), Lockheed Martin (USA), Siemens (USA)
Continuous-fibre 3D printing
Continuous Fibre 3D Printing (CF3D™) combines composite materials with a 3D printing process, creating a mouldless out-of-autoclave process. The result is a drastic reduction in cost and lead times.
Winner: Stratiforme Industries (France) and partners Armines Douai (France), CEF Centre d’essais ferroviaires (France), SNCF Réseau (France)
ACCUM: universal composite catenary cantilever
ACCUM is a universal composite catenary cantilever validated from 750V to 25kV and suitable for all standard and specific railtrack profiles, designed for easy supply, installation and maintenance.
INDUSTRY & EQUIPMENT
Winner: AZL AACHEN GmbH (Germany) and partners AZL Institute of RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Conbility GmbH (Germany), Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany), Engel Austria GmbH (Austria), Evonik Industries AG (Germany), Fagor Arrasate S. Coop. (Spain), Faurecia Composite Technologies (France), Fraunhofer IPT (Germany), Laserline GmbH (Germany), Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH (Germany), Mubea Carbo Tech GmbH (Austria), Philips Photonics (Germany), SSDT Shanghai Superior Die Technology Co. (China), Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (Belgium)
Ultra-fast consolidator machine system
Modular production system for the mass-production of individual tailored blanks based on a piece flow approach in combination with laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement with in-situ consolidation.
Winner: Cecence (UK) and partners Acro Aircraft Seating LTD (UK), FTI (UK).
Fully FST compliant 16g composite aero seatback
Rapid hot compression moulded, fully composite 16g carbon seatback with FST compliance built in to its core, negating the need for fire proof dressing and with an out of mould paint ready surface.
The Jury 2019
Global Business Development Manager
Manager Hybrid Materials, Concepts & AMG
COO, Composites, Construction and Business Development
Director – R&D Composites Innovation Center
Professor & Director