The global composites industry reunited at JEC World 2023

The global composites industry…

JEC World 2023 closed its doors after three vibrant days of intense business activities, expertise and knowledge sharing, highlighting the innovation power of the composites industry as well as its contribution to a more sustainable world. The event welcomed 40,200+ professional visits 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.

JEC World, the must-attend business platform of the composites industry

In 2023, JEC World is back to its full strength and reaffirms its position as the leading event for the global composites industry. With frontiers 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 brings together all key players from 106 countries, from raw materials producers to end-user parts and components manufacturers, worth over 105 billion USD in 2022. Gathering under one roof as many global companies as SMEs, the event also presented a selection of start-ups - among more than 150 scouted every year by the JEC team - resulting in a vivid environment for networking and business opportunities. Powered by a dedicated business meetings platform developed and optimized for the composites industry, the JEC business meetings program enabled over 7000 face-to-face meetings during the three days - an increase of 30% over 2022, demonstrating the dynamism of the industry.

JEC World, where innovation meets industry

With more than 600 product launches and announcements during this year’s show, JEC World remains the place to be to introduce new products to the global market.

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, now firmly established as the best competition for startups in the advanced materials sector, 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, making the JEC World experience unique in its kind.

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JEC World, the festival of composites

JEC World is not only the trade show of the composites industry but over the last decades it has become a unique festival of composites, where visitors from beyond this industry and from various application sectors can be inspired and discover what composites can offer them. The must-visit 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.