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09-29-2016

Experience Composites Celebrates Promising Premiere

From left: Prof. Dr. Hubert Jäger, Carbon Composites, Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group, and Gerhard Reiter, Messe Augsburg, officially open the first edition of the trade fair Experience Composites (© Messe Augsburg)

The new international trade fair for fiber composite materials, lightweight construction and carbon, Experience Composites – powered by JEC Group, celebrated a promising start. After three days of the premiere event, staged from 21 to 23 September in Augsburg, Germany, the event organizers – Messe Augsburg, JEC Group and the Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) association – are able to look back on a splendid premiere. 175 exhibitors and 4120 visitors from more than 30 countries, three congresses with 52 conferences and numerous side-events, awards and a range of educational activities specially designed for pupils made the trade fair a great success.

Gerhard Reiter, Head of Messe Augsburg said, "I am enthusiastic about the start we had with Experience Composites. We have laid the foundation for a future international highlight in the industry. Thanks to our associates JEC Group and CCeV we have been able to work together as an effective French-German team." Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of the JEC Group added, "We created a unique event with a trend-setting format which opens up new vistas. The end-consumer market, specifically for cars and for the aviation & space travel, had an opportunity to experience the great progress made within our industry. We are proud of this first trade fair and highly motivated in the preparation of the second Experience Composites in this high quality community and with excellent local support." Alexander Gundling, Managing Director of Carbon Composites e.V. commented: "The concept of the Multi-Location Events has been seen in a very positive light as a unique range of events by not only visitors, but also by exhibitors. I am reckoning with a big increase in exhibitors in 2018".

175 exhibitors and 4120 visitors from more than 30 countries made the premiere of the trade fair a great success (© Messe Augsburg)

175 exhibitors and 4120 visitors from more than 30 countries made the premiere of the trade fair a great success (© Messe Augsburg)

According to the organizers, the European fiber composites hub in Augsburg was a first-class host for the international community of lightweight design, construction and composite materials and presented itself as a networking and business turntable for small as well as large businesses from the fibre composites community. All events went down very well indeed, particularly the large symposium and the 8th textile concrete user conference TUDALIT e.V. Scores of participants attended other events, training courses and visits to businesses and institutes.

Six trend-setting products and solutions were awarded prizes as part of the "Experience Composites 2016 Innovation Award". The awards, designed by Carbon-Werke Weißgerber from used parts of a vane and Formula 1 material made of composites, went to Fisco (construction and infrastructure class), Mercedes AMG (Automotive and transport class), Cruing (Aviation and space travel class), Cetim (Mass production class), M & A Dieterle (Equipment class) and to the IFB-Institute at the University of Stuttgart (Automation class).

Three Start-Ups were awarded prizes as part of the first Start-Up Awards presented to the 12 participating trend-setting parent companies from six countries. Each of the 12 entrepreneurs had an opportunity to display their innovative offer on their own stand in the start-up village to every attendees and then to a panel of six judges in a 10 minute pitch-presentation. The awards were presented at the get-together party held on the 21st September in the Augsburger Textile and Industry museum as part of the current exhibition "Carbon – Material of the future" in the presence of over 400 guests. Two first prizes (each with a cash prize of EUR 5000) went to Cobratex from France (manufacturer of composite products made of bamboo) and Cevotec from Germany (market leader in Fiber Patch Placement technology). The third prize (the use of an office for a year in the Augsburg Technology Centre) went to the German start-up firm Sicony for their innovative platform for smart assembly manuals.

The second edition of Experience Composites will be held in Augsburg from 19 to 21 September 2018.

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