The JEC World exhibition that reaches in 2016 the unequalled surface of 62,000 sqm will introduce, for the first time, four new display areas totaling more than 1,800 sqm. The so-called Planets will feature innovative and iconic parts, final products, and some of the 2016 JEC Innovation Awards recipients.
End-users at the core of the planets
For the first time, JEC group will launch its “Planets”, four of them on JEC World, dedicated to Automotive, Aeronautics, Sports and Sustainability. In these areas will be displayed innovative parts and solutions that the composites have to offer to these specific industries. The companies that are exhibiting their Innovations on the planets will also present to the crowd their products, which will favor networking on these areas.
“JEC World is now targeting end-users. They are the decisive customers. To these non-specialists, the composites concept may seem abstract and our challenge is to make composites understandable. A more accessible presentation of what can be done with composites will be presented during JEC World 2016. It will enable any professional looking for eco-friendly products to compare and adopt composites solutions. We wish to show the final market the composites innovations that bring disruptive changes in design and usage.” says Mrs Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.
The AUTO Planet
The AUTO Planet will highlight the amazing mutation the sector is experiencing in terms of materials, thanks to composites. Sponsored by Hexion, this 500+ sqm area covers all the sub-segments of automotive production, including body-in-white, roof, hood & bonnet, doors & other exterior parts, suspension, interior, under-the-hood applications (including the engine), and wheels.
It will feature products like a Lamborghini Spyder Huracán, a 3D-printed Cobra Shelby, and a Roding electric car; and also serial production parts and more from the new Audi R8, the Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI Ultra, the BMW 7 Series, the BMW i8, the BMW M3, the BMW M4, Chrysler models, the Ford Lincoln MKS, the Lamborghini Aventador, the Porsche 911 GT3, and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog & Sprinter.
In addition to material and technology suppliers, Lamborghini will be present as an OEM and Faurecia and Mecaplast, as Tier One suppliers.
RTM, HP-RTM, liquid composite molding (LCM), overmolded organosheet, compression molding, pultrusion and 3D-printing technologies will be showcased through parts and demonstrators.
The AERO Planet
Despite the lack of new legacy programs with a massive use of composites, the aerospace sector continues to innovate, especially in automation and thermoplastics.
The AERO Planet will feature products from or for AgustaWestland, Airbus, ATR Group, Fokker, Grob Aircraft, Premium AEROTEC and Sonaca, among others.
The area will cover a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from a complete aircraft (the Red Bird) to 3D printed parts for satellites; a long-haul aircraft door made in a one-shot process; a door frame for the A350-1000; a fuel tank and thermoplastic horizontal tail for a helicopter; a wing for the Airbus E-Fan electric aircraft; a plane tail; an interstage CFRP ring made of 3D orthogonal woven preforms and injected by RTM process for future launchers; a frangible carbon composite glide path tower; and new panel demonstrators that include an isogrid structure and engine parts.
The SPORTS Planet
JEC Group made a strong effort for this Planet, which covers more than 800 sqm. The sports sector may have a lower growth rate, but it is quite extraordinary in terms of innovation and variety of applications.
Famous sport brand names will be there through their products: Bauer, Brabo, Canyon, Felt, Head, Prince, Look Cycle, Orbea, Rolo, Salomon, Specialized, Time, Wime, Zodiac Nautic, etc. The SPORTS Planet will also showcase luxury sport watches and mechanisms made of carbon fibre.
The area will be subdivided into 4 zones – Land, Mountain, On Wheels, and Water – featuring a huge number of dedicated items for all kinds of sports: bicycles, boats, electric bicycles, golf club, hockey stick, leisure boats, paddle, pirogue, skateboards, skis, snowboards, surfboards, table tennis racquet, tennis racquet, windsurf boards, and more.
The SUSTAINABLE Planet
“Economic growth in a sustainable way”, such is the motto of this area. Topics covered include recycling, energy production and storage, water management, building and infrastructure in terms of durability or repair, oil & gas in terms of safety or lower environmental impact, and energy-efficient machinery and equipment. BMW will present a centre console carrier made of recycled carbon fibre for its Mini Clubman vehicle. The Russian Nanotechnology Centre of Composites (NCC) will present a fully electric composite bus using a modular system. An entirely pultruded bus side panel will also be showcased.
Waste-water and drinking-water management will be highlighted through a tank and a relining system for drinking-water pipes, and the oil & gas sector will be represented by a part for the Mafumeira project.
For the building and construction sector, a new pre-built wall system, bridge panels, cladding, window and door systems, and an all-composite elevator will be showcased. There will also be solutions for machines to illustrate the low-weight and fatigue- and corrosion-resistance properties of composites. Several innovative demonstrators will be showcased. Naturally, plant fibres will be featured in furniture and audio equipment.