Highlighting the innovation power of the composites industry as well as its contribution to a more sustainable world, the JEC World 2023 from April 25-27, 2023, in Paris/France welcomed over 40,200 visitors from more than 106 countries, attending conferences, product and technology displays from 1,200 exhibitors. 26 national and regional pavilions set the stage for the leading countries and regions in the field of composites manufacturing. The top 10 represented countries were France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Korea, Turkey and the USA.
With borders reopened in every corner of the world, the event benefited from the increased attendance of high-level decision-makers from Asia and especially from India, Japan, South Korea and China.
As the only international event gathering the whole value chain of composites, JEC World brought together all key players from raw materials producers to end-user parts and components manufacturers, worth over US$105 billion in 2022. Gathering under one roof as many global companies as SMEs, the event also presented a selection of start-ups, presenting a good environment for networking and business opportunities. The JEC business meetings program enabled over 7,000 face-to-face meetings during the 3 days – an increase of 30% over 2022.
Innovation meets industry
This year’s edition of JEC World saw more than 600 product launches and announcements. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the JEC Composites Innovation Awards recognized 11 collaborative achievements, reflecting the industry’s dedication to providing new solutions for all application sectors of composites. Finally, for its 6th edition, the JEC Composites Startup Booster competition rewarded 3 projects showing impressive market potential.
A large selection of equipment and machines in operation were particularly visible on the show floor, highlighting automated and robotized processes, including large-scale additive manufacturing technologies.
The JEC Innovation Planets have presented some of the most innovative and spectacular vehicles, vessels, design and industrial objects made of composites in the recent months. Many exhibitors have added to parts and components to this showcase, from flying cars, to eVTOLs and high-end sports cars.
Dedicated villages within the exhibition provided the opportunity to showcase key industry trends such as the Natural Fibers Village, mirroring the strong interest in bio-based raw materials, or the 3D Printing Village, highlighting the momentum of various additive manufacturing technologies.
Heading to a more sustainable world
JEC World’s conference program once again shone a light on the topic that has been driving the industry for some years now: sustainability. Covering all aspects of sustainability within the composites value chain, the conference program underlined the essential role of composites in reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption by light-weighting, but also in ensuring long lasting performance and durability, thanks to the unique properties of composites.
In parallel to the conference program, the exhibits and solutions presented by the exhibitors have shown the strong commitment of the whole composites industry to sustainability.
JEC World also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the JEC non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting composite materials and their adoption since 1963. Many exhibiting companies also celebrated their anniversaries over the 3 days, some being involved in composites for more than 50 years. JEC World is the biggest opportunity for the composites community to gather with all its partners and honor the developments and successes that have taken place over the years.
The next edition of the event, JEC World 2024, will take place from March 5-7, 2024, in Paris/France.