Mass production of CFRP stabilizers and drop links: Action Composites (China) and partner Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG (Germany)
Mass production of CFRP stabilizers and drop links: Action Composites (China) and partner Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG (Germany)

JEC Group has announced the 30 finalists of its innovation awards competition.

The 10 winners will be announced in a ceremony to be held at JEC World 2018 on 7 March 2018.

‘Like every year, we received hundreds of applications for the JEC Innovation Awards, this success truly shows that this program is a recognized tool to spot and promote Innovations in the Composites Industry,’ said Frédérique Mutel, JEC group president and CEO. ‘I am particularly delighted to introduce another brand new feature to this program: the public vote. Our jury will choose the winners according to specific criteria such as involvement of partners in the value chain, technicity or again market application, but the general audience will be able to vote for their favorite Innovation.’

The finalists are listed below.

Aerospace application

Infusion technology for an aircraft wing: AeroComposit, JSC (Russia) and partner Solvay (UK)

Modular thermoplastic stiffening panels: Fraunhofer ICT (Germany) and partners Airbus Operations GmbH (Germany), Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (Germany), TenCate Advanced Composites BV (The Netherlands), ElringKlinger AG (Germany), KMS Automation GmbH (Germany)

Polyurethane-RTM nose cone for jet engines: University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil (Switzerland) and partners FACC (Austria), Rühl Puromer GmbH (Germany), Isotherm AG (Switzerland), WPT, TU Dortmund (Germany) AEROSPACE process

Complex structural applications of MAI sandwich technology: Airbus (Germany) and partners BMW Group (Germany), Technical University of Munich (TUM) (Germany), Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH (Germany), Werkzeugbau Siegfried Hofmann GmbH (Germany), BASF SE (Germany), Foldcore GmbH (Germany), Neenah Filtration (Germany), SGL Carbon GmbH (Germany)

Mold-less monocoque manufacturing PROCESS: M. Torres Diseños Industriales SAU (Spain)

Full-OOA TP welded primary airframe: Stelia Aerospace (France) and partners Porcher Industries (France), Sintex NP (France), Compose Tool (France), CETIM (France), Aviacomp SA (France), Institut de Soudure / Composite Integrity (France)

Automotive application

Composite lightweight automotive suspension system: Ford-Werke GmbH (Germany) and partners Gestamp (UK), GRM Consulting (UK), University of Warwick (UK)

Lightweight seat back frame for SUV second row: Hanwha Advanced Materials (South Korea)

Development and manufacturing of a full-CFRP car body: Kangde Composites Co., Ltd (China) and partners KDX Roding Europe Automobile (Germany), Faststar New Energy Automobile (China)

Automotive process

Mass production of CFRP stabilizers and drop links: Action Composites (China) and partner Dr. Ing. H.c. F. Porsche AG (Germany)

High-volume CFRP production: carbon rear wall module: Audi AG (Germany) and partners Voith Composites GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Dow Automotive (Switzerland), Zoltek Corp. (USA)

Combining CFRP and injection molding for series production: Dr. Ing. H.c.F. Porsche AG (Germany) and partner Plan B GmbH (Germany)

Construction & infrastructure

Below the line: concrete pipe repair with carbon fiber: Grupo Navec (Spain) and partners Saertex GmbH (Germany), Henkel (Germany)

Cabkoma CFRTP strand rod: Komatsu Seiren Co., Ltd (Japan) and partners Kanazawa Institute of Technology (Japan), Nagase ChemteX Corporation (Japan)

Innovative pultruded deck for station platforms: Solutions Composites (France) and partner Top Glass (Italy)


New process for manufacturing hydrofoils: Multiplast Groupe Carboman (France) and partner Groupe Bénéteau (France)

From steel to composites in a 110m-long river cruise ship: Saertex GmbH (Germany) and partner Meyer Werft (Neptun) (Germany)

Composite cargo decks for a 7000-car car carrier vessel: Uljanik JSC (Croatia)

Railway optimised lightweight carbon fiber bogie frame: ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (UK) and partners Alstom Transport (UK), Magma Structures (UK), University of Birmingham (UK), University of Huddersfield (UK)

Composite rail door: Penso (UK) Penso designed and manufactured a composite rail door

Breakthrough in railways: renovating the ice train: Saertex GmbH & Co (Germany) and partners Forster System-Montage-Technik GmbH (Germany), Alan Harper Composites (UK)

Sports & leisure

Project cedrus: advanced carbon hydrofoil for kites: Adherend Innovations, LLC (USA) and partner Composites Universal Group (USA)

First-ever carbon/PEI hockey stick: Schappe Techniques (France) and partners Visceral Performance Inc. (Canada), Groupe CTT (Canada), Compsult (Canada), Mat-Comp (Canada)

Modular construction system for a motorcycle rear swingarm: BMW Group (Germany) and partners EDAG Engineering GmbH (Germany), KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH (Germany), Chr. Karl Siebenwurst GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), TUM-LCC (Germany), Automation W + R GmbH (Germany), FHG-IGCV (Germany)

Smart cities

5G smart led lighting pole: Exel Composites Oyj (Finland) and partners Nokia Bell Labs (Finland), Vaisala Oyj (Finland), Teleste Oy (Finland), Indagon Oy (Finland)

Wet core pod composite housing module: G12 Innovation (Brazil) & MC Materiales Compuestos (Argentina) and partners Plaquimet (Argentina), Purcom (Brazil), IS Groupe - Composite Integrity (France)

Infugreen 810 bio-resin for the seabubble water taxi: Sicomin (France) and partner Decision SA (Switzerland) The InfuGreen 810 bio-based infusion resin offers the highest level of sustainable content on the market, the same performance as conventional epoxies and high-volume manufacturing capability.

Sustainability innovative thermoplastic-matrix wind turbine blade: Arkema Inc. (USA) and partners IACMI – The Composites Institute (USA), Johns Manville (USA), Huntsman Polyurethanes (USA), Sika Axson (USA), TPI Composites (USA)

3-in-1 line for recycled composites manufacturing: Cetim-Cermat (France) and partner CETIM (France)

Loop 650: a sustainable cradle-to-cradle composite sailing boat: GS4C srl (Italy) and partners Entropy Resins (Spain), Isomatex (Belgium), Diab (Sweden), GIVIDI Fabrics (Italy), Cormatex (Italy)

This story is reprinted from material from JEC with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.