The annual meeting for Asia-Pacific professionals in the composites industry, organized for the second time in a row in Seoul, met high expectations, attracting 12% more participants and acting as a major showcase for the composites industry in the region.
The top three visitor countries were Korea, China and Japan.
Gauging from the attendance of more than 7,000 professional visits from 49 countries, Eric Pierrejean, CEO of the JEC Group, already announced during the opening ceremony that JEC Asia 2019 would return next year from November 13th to 15th, 2019.
Hosting, this year again, the International Carbon Festival organized by KCTECH and the Jeonju region, JEC Asia provided a comprehensive program dedicated to automotive professionals with a leadership circle attended by top stakeholders of the industry worldwide, top-notch conferences on automotive automated processes and composite applications for structural parts with speakers from the Hyundai Motor Group, e-Xstream Engineering, L&L Products, Cobra International, Hanwha Advanced Materials, Daimler, Hankuk Carbon, Arkema, Cetim, Saertex & Co. KG, etc.
“Aeronautics: 53% and beyond” conferences attracted many attendees to discover new composites solutions and their wider use in this sector with Stratasys, IS Group, Cevotec. JEC Asia also offered participants a chance to find out new business opportunities, highlighting the most relevant for the region and various application sectors.
The show floor was filled with innovations as it showcased innovative parts and awarded 12 composites international champions, among which 3 were about automotive, at the JEC Innovation Awards ceremony.
Also, to be noted at JEC Asia was the focus on networking with pre-arranged business meetings that generated 450 qualified one-to-ones over the 3 days. Likewise, 3 composites tours opened exclusive doors to attendees when they visited Hanyang University, the composite architecture of the House of Dior, LG Hausys & Kolon and a day trip in Jeonju region and the Carbon Valley of KCTECH.
For the first time, JEC Asia teamed up with MAI Carbon to offer a brand-new Student Program that keeps abreast of composites industry needs to hire young, committed well-trained engineers. The two-part program included workshops with a focus on theoretical foundations and a guided tour through the JEC Asia trade show and innovation planet.