When the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference hits the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center October 2-4, it will recognize the winners of the JEC Innovation Awards.
Ten companies and their partners will receive awards during a ceremony on the show floor October 2 at 3 p.m. ET. The event is open to all and will be hosted by Boston news anchor Gene Lavanchy, as JEC President and CEO Frédérique Mutel, told Design News in an email.
JEC launched the Innovation Awards Program in 1998 with the goal of spotting, celebrating, and promoting the very best innovations in composites. Since then, the program has involved 1,600 businesses, and rewarded 177 companies and 433 partners for their leading contributions toward advancing composites technology and enhancing value for end-users, she said.
"The Americas remain a global center of innovation, and a beacon to players who wish to compete and thrive in the largest worldwide composites market, which totals $34 billion in annual revenues on a global worldwide composites market of $98 billion," Mutel told us. "JEC's Innovation Awards Program continues to be recognized as a driving force for new and highly competitive composites innovations, both in this important region as well as globally, with submissions from top companies from around the world.”
JEC considered applications from many different international companies for recognition in 10 competitive categories, including Safety, Supply Chain, Design, Fibers, Process, Green Solutions, and Multi-sectorial. Also, this year JEC Americas is introducing three new award categories: Innovation Spreading, Electric Vehicle, and Pipes and Water Management, to reflect the expansion of the composites industry into new markets, she said.
The 2013 Innovation Awards Program is actively supported by JEC Magazine and Aviation Week. Click on the photo below to see the winners.
Invenio S.A. Solar Car Built With Carbon Fiber
A carbon-fiber solar car was developed and built using high-tech materials last year for the Latin American solar race. The vehicle won the 1,400 km race, reaching 120 km/hr at a weight of 190 kg. It also won the Atacama Solar Challenge in 2012 and will take part in the World Solar Challenge in Australia in 2013.
The project based its choice of technology on the carbon-fiber composite techniques used in the aeronautics industry that helped to draw attention to the composite world and encouraged the development of new products for industrial customers. The master molds for the model were created using modern manufacturing methods, with a CNC water jet and a CNC router being used for the finishing steps.
The project’s main potential concerns the application of composite technology to the automotive industry in order to reduce weight, save energy, and reduce fuel consumption for electric vehicles.
This challenging project included the participation of the Universidad de La Serena, Minera Los Pelambres, Enaer, and other companies.