JEC World is the leading international composites show, organized in Paris every year, where the whole value chain of the composite materials industry gathers. It offers a unique showcase of what composites can offer to various application sectors, like aerospace and automotive.
Even though most fiber reinforced composites are currently made with glass fibers, it was carbon fibers that were dominating the JEC fair. Most composites are for aeronautics are made with carbon fiber fabrics and thermoset resins or high demanding thermoplastic resins like PEEK. However, at JEC it was clear that recycled materials become more important, even in aviation, which was clear in the innovation hub. Examples are the rCFRP heald frame from Toyota and the aerospace thermoplastic blocker door from Sekisui. This shows that the research that is being done in Helacs is necessary to increase the applications containing recycled fibers even further.