The international popularity of the world's leading composites trade fair, JEC World Paris, just keeps on growing. All in all, more than 42,000 trade visitors from 115 countries visited the three-day fair. Despite the total of 1,300 exhibitors, the joint stand organised by Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) in cooperation with around 20 co-exhibitors was one of the largest stands at this trade fair.
Both of the Leading-Edge Cluster projects submitted, MAI Sandwich and MAI Hiras + Handle, also won the JEC Innovation Award 2018.
For CCeV, the leading trade fair in France was a new success in its ten-year history; even more exhibitors than the 20 that eventually did take part would actually have liked to become involved in the joint stand. However, partner organisations managed to meet all of their needs. Internal industry networking is very important to Europe's largest association of composites experts. There was plenty to talk about in many areas. For example, two projects submitted by the former leading-edge cluster, or rather, the umbrella association's respective department of the same name, MAI Carbon, managed to impress the audience: MAI Sandwich ("Production of a cost-effective, complex 2.5D thermoplastic composite sandwich structure with a very short cycle time") and MAI Hiras + Handle ("A modular construction system for the rear swing arm suspension of a motorcycle") both won the JEC Innovation Award 2018. More than 100 projects were submitted for the award.
Internationalisation is making progress
The subject of internationalisation is becoming increasingly important to the industry network; a local "matchmaking event" involving the clusters MAI Carbon and IACMI from the USA was therefore organised. Both clusters already knew each other and were hoping to step up their collaboration, according to the participants interviewed. In total, almost 50 participants attended the event.
Education was another important topic at the trade fair. The MAI iTeCK project partners (MAI Carbon, the Eckert schools, University of Augsburg's MINT_Bildung AMU) met with visitors from South Korea with the aim of transferring the German dual education degree course system to the Asian country as tailor-made as possible.
The trade fair presence was supported by the by now well-established social media campaign "MAI Fair Scout". Live reports from the trade fair, including statements from and photographs of the participating members, were posted directly to Facebook or Twitter. On Twitter alone, these posts reached more than 7,200 users this year; they were also shared several times.
Dr. Tjark von Reden, the deputy CEO of Carbon Composites e.V., summarised the event thus: "All of the participants that I talked to agreed that the effort was worth it once more and that they will almost certainly take part again next year. We are delighted that we were able to contribute to this more in-depth industry exchange and to make headway with regard to our issues."
"The joint Carbon Composites e.V. stand at JEC World 2018 in Paris."