On the second day of the world’s largest composites exhibition, JEC World, two sets of winners were announced in two different ceremonies: the JEC Innovation Awards and the Composite Challenge.
JEC Innovation Awards 2019
The JEC Innovation Awards are a celebration of the fruitful cooperation between players in the composite community. For the past 15 years, the JEC Innovation Awards have brought in 1,800 companies worldwide. In total, 177 companies and 433 partners have been rewarded for their excellence in composite innovations. The Awards are based on criteria such as partner involvement in the supply chain, technicality or commercial applications of the innovations.
The ceremony was opened by Bertrand Piccard, the founder and visionary behind Solar Impulse, the first zero-fuel aircraft with perpetual autonomy.
The jury then announced the ten composite innovation champions selected among 30 finalists, from more than a hundred entries, and the public awarded its prize.
“JEC Group supports innovation and has created the Composites Reference Prize to reward industry champions and promote their innovations. Every year, we receive more than a hundred applications from all over the world,” explains Franck Glowacz, Composites Expert at JEC Group.
- 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 (NL). 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), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (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 National Cooperative Highway Research Program – NCHRP (USA), Sireg (Italy), Miami University (USA). Bendable TP composite reinforcements for concrete – Readily bendable thermoplastic composite bar and cable for reinforced and prestressed concrete revolutionizing the durability of construction.
- Sustainability. 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 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.
- 3D Printing. 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.
- Land transportation. 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.
- Public Prize. 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.
For the second year running, the Composites Challenge programme has brought together research and industry through a competition between ten PhD students chosen for the quality of their research in the field of composites.
“One of the roles of JEC World is to be on the lookout for tomorrow’s innovations and the people who are making them happen. This goal is addressed through the second edition of the Composites Challenge, which puts ten PhD students, from all four corners of the world, in competition with each other. They all met the difficult challenge of presenting their theses in five minutes with a single slide, in front of an exclusive jury of experts. New to the 2019 edition is the selection of two winners: one by the jury and one by the public,” explains Anne-Carole Barbarin, JEC Group Programs Director.
The ceremony included an opening session on the theme of additive manufacturing, introduced by Hemant Bheda, co-founder of one of the most successful companies in the field of 3D printing: AREVO. He provided an overview of how it will shape the future of composite materials.
Additive manufacturing now enables the design and manufacture of large parts and structures produced in series, which allows 3D printing to be quickly integrated into current manufacturing processes and unlocks the production line.
Thanks to the great flexibility of these additive manufacturing systems, customisation in many product categories will accelerate, further reducing conventional mass production’s market share.
Based on the ten individual presentations by PhD students, the jury selected Polette Centellas, University of Illinois, as winner of the second edition of the Composites Challenge. The subject of his thesis is: Frontal Polymerization for Rapid Composite Manufacturing.
Through a vote held during the ceremony, the public chose Adam Smith, McGill University. His thesis is on: From Ply-cutter to Press: Aerospace Prepreg Recycling Re-Imagined!