The trade show for the composite industry JEC World 2018, from March 6-8, 2018, in Paris/France, welcomed more than 1,300 exhibitors from all continents and counted 42,500 professional visitors from 115 countries.
This year saw new programs initiated, for instance the Composite Challenge allowing 10 PhD students to pitch their thesis in front of the industry, thus facilitating connections between students and industrialists. One new “planet” called “Make it Real” was also introduced along with the Aero, Auto and Construction planets. In this planet, visitors could discover futuristic products such as the Aeromobil, a flying car that would revolutionize urban transportation in the near future. The JEC World was the first event to promote and host the new “French Fab”, a French government initiative to internationally promote the French industry and manufacture.
A first at the show this year was the introduction of the public votes to elect their favorite projects among 2 JEC programs promoting innovation. The Public Choice Award for Startup Booster went to Inca-Fiber GmbH, Chemnitz/Germany, and the Public Choice Award for JEC Innovation Awards went to AeroComposit JSC, Ulyanovsk/Russia, for infusion technology for an aircraft wing.