In just a few years, JEC Composites Startup Booster has become a reference for entrepreneurship in the composites industry worldwide. 20 finalists from all over the world who joined the leading composites trade show, JEC World in Paris/France from May 3-5, 2022, to pitch their project on stage before a panel of expert judges.
4 startups were presented with an award. The category “Products & Materials” saw 2 companies, FibreCoat (Germany) and Blackleaf (France), with winning entries. Continuum (Denmark) was a winner in the category “Process, Manufacturing & Equipment”, and the “sustainability” prize winner was Dongnam Realize (South Korea).
FibreCoat GmbH, Aachen/Germany, develops and markets high-performance fiber materials. The aluminum basalt fiber "AluCoat" is the first market-ready product. Unlike currently used conductive polymer yarns, AluCoat is thermally and electrically conductive as well as temperature resistant up to 600°C. Compared to pure aluminum fibers, AluCoat can be produced at 1/10 the cost. As a result, the material has the potential to become the much-needed, affordable shielding material for the electromagnetic shielding of electric cars and 5G devices of the future.
Many have tried to make graphene possible, but cost, quality and quantities never allowed this material to become a real business case. Blackleaf, Strasbourg/France, closes the business case thanks to a 2-pillars technology. With a green and water-based production process, Blackleaf produces up to 50 kg of high-quality graphene daily. Furthermore, the company has a set of patents to apply graphene as a coating on any substrates with a conventional spraying technique.
Continuum Group ApS, Copenhagen/Denmark, have developed an advanced mechanical composites transformation technology in the world that allows us to sustainably turn end-of-life composite materials and manufacturing waste into valuable, high performance and fully circular products for the built environment. The company is currently designing its first 36,000-ton factory together with the Port of Esbjerg/Denmark, to open in 2023. A second UK factory is also planned.
Dongnam Realize, Daejeon/Korea, won the Sustainability prize with the entry entitled “We realize what we dream”. The company produces ‘CXP wood’ made with disposals from agriculture and forestry. It can be produced in general plastic production plants and replace normal plastic, is biodegradable and carbonized easier than regular plastics.
Launched in 2017, Startup Booster celebrates its 5th Anniversary in 2022. The competition is organized in 3 different regions (Europe, the USA and Asia) and has already fostered the emergence of 500+ innovative projects from 50+ countries, 80 finalists and 30 winners.