JEC World 2023 closed its doors after three days of intense business activities, expertise and knowledge sharing.
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.
In 2023, JEC World is back to its full strength and reaffirms its position as the leading event for the global composites industry. The event benefited from the increased attendance of high-level decision-makers from Asia and especially from India, Japan, South Korea and China.
JEC World brings together all key composites players from 106 countries, from raw materials producers to end-user parts and components manufacturers, worth over $105bn 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 optimised for the composites industry, the JEC business meetings programme enabled over 7,000 face-to-face meetings during the three days – an increase of 30% over 2022, demonstrating the dynamism of the 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 its 25th anniversary, the JEC Composites Innovation Awards recognised 11 collaborative achievements, reflecting the industry’s dedication to providing new solutions for all application sectors of composites.
For its 6th edition, the JEC Composites Startup Booster competition, now firmly established as a 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.
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.
JEC World’s conference programme, once again, shone a light on the topic that has been driving the industry for some years now: sustainability. Covering all aspects of sustainability within the composites value chain, the conference programme underlined the essential role of composites in reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption by lightweighting, but also in ensuring long lasting performance and durability, thanks to the unique properties of composites.
In parallel to the conference programme, the exhibits and solutions presented by the exhibitors have shown the strong commitment of the whole composites industry to sustainability. At JEC World, the converging efforts of all stakeholders, heading towards a sustainable future, created a global statement and motivation source for the participants.
58% of the exhibition space has already been booked for the next edition that will take place from 5-7 March 2024, hinting at another great time to come for composites enthusiasts. Exhibitors and attendees have expressed very positive feedback about the quality of the exhibition and the success, once again, of this pinnacle event of the industry.