JEC Innovation Awards 2010: and the winners are…

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JEC is announcing the new winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2010. This year, 11 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Show (April 13-15, 2010). Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on their 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. The decision to give prominence to these projects was based on their atypical nature and various noteworthy aspects. Read through the trade description to discover the eleven winners. The 2010 JEC Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 13th during the opening ceremony and will be open to all visitors. The 2010 Innovation Awards competition is supported actively by UMECO Composites (Official Partner) and Huntsman Advanced Materials (Platinum sponsor). This year stands out for the increase in the number of applications and by their distribution. Participation is worldwide, with applications from 22 different countries in Europe, South Africa, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific region.Categories tend to be cyclical over several years. There is an increase in Sports and Leisure. Automation in aeronautics is a confirmed trend, and so is the determination to eliminate the use of autoclaves to increase throughput and guarantee production reproducibility. 

The integration of composites in the building and construction industry is becoming established. This means that works designers and architects are really using composites as full-fledged materials, in conjunction with traditional materials like concrete, steel and wood. Sustainable development considerations are here to stay, as seen in the choice of renewable raw materials for reinforcement fibres and matrix resins and the concern with materials recycling, e.g. by reutilizing them for the same or a similar application. This will become more of a trend with the increased use of thermoplastic composites.

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Environment & RecyclingCutting edge possibilities with sustainable and intelligent materials Winner: 3XN architects (DK)Partners: StageOne Freeform Composite (UK); COWI A/S (DK) Bio-based MaterialsFlax 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) 

AeronauticsFirst welded thermoplastic composite Aircraft primary structure in series production Winner: Fokker Aerostructures (NL)Partners: Gulfstream (USA), KVE Composites Group (NL), Ten Cate (NL) and Ticona GmbH Building & ConstructionIntelligent 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 LeisureCarbon wheel for the road bicycle market Winner: Corima S.A. (France)Partners: Hexcel Composites (France); Evonik (Germany) TransportationHigh-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) 

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Wind EnergyWind 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 MaterialsHan-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. Chinapartners: OCV Reinforcements (China); Shandong Shuangyi Group Co., Ltd. (China) 

ProcessAssembly by structural adhesive bonding Winner: S.A.B.C.A. (Belgium)Partners: Biteam AB (Sweden); Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) (Australia), Dassault Aviation (France), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) (Germany), EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany), EADS Innovation Works (France), Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Germany), KTH – University of Stockholm (Sweden), Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Germany), Secar Technologie GmbH (Austria), the University of Patras (Greece), Výzkumný a zkusební letecký ústav a.s.(VZLU a.s.) (Czech Republic).  Automation2 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) Automation2 innovations tie for first place!automated preform production line for CFRP aircraft frames  Winner: EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)Partners: SGL Kuempers GmbH & Co. kg (Germany); Airbus Operations gmbh (Germany). 

Source : JEC