JEC Asia 2019 will open its doors in six days within a very positive and dynamic environment for the Composites industry. The South Korean government has decided to develop a whole Composites ecosystem. That goal will be achieved thanks to three strategic pillars: increasing R&D investment in the composites sector for equipment and machines; diversifying its materials and intermediate product providers; reinforcing excellence in research and development with major academic institutions such as Hanyang University and UNIST. Therefore, JEC Asia is a must-attend event for foreign companies to meet with this whole ecosystem. 

More than 200 companies from 49 countries will attend this new edition for three days of Composites Innovation, Business, and Networking. For its 12th edition, JEC Asia 2019 will gather companies from the entire composites value chain in Asia Pacific and specifically from South Korea. They will present their latest capabilities and innovations to the composite’s community and the strategic end-user’s market. Companies like Toray Advanced Materials, Hyosung, Kolon, Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials, Hankuk Carbon, Arkema Korea, and Samyang Corp. are amongst the participants, to name a few.

“The Composites Industry in Asia Pacific is dynamic and largely contributes to the global growth of the Industry. JEC Asia is the major composites platform in the region, where the full value chain gathers from raw material producers, intermediate and final processors. It also encompasses the downstream of the value chain, the original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and end-users. For its 12th edition, JEC Asia will showcase numerous features: an extensive conference program that includes the ICF (International Carbon Festival co-organised with the KCTech), production site tours and the coveted JEC Innovation Awards etc.  All these have been crafted to provide the composites industry with targeted networking opportunities and an unrivaled event to develop and share knowledge on composite materials”, says Christian Strassburger, Events Director APAC.

Highlights of this year’s edition

On Wednesday, November 13
09:30 ‒ Opening Ceremony (Coex, 3rd Floor, Hall E)

Eric Pierrejean, CEO of JEC Group and Yoon Hyuk Bang, President of KCTECH will take the stage to both give a welcoming speech to kick-off the event. Philippe Lefort, French Ambassador to Korea, will also greet the audience with a congratulatory speech along with Ha Jin Song, Jeonbuk Provincial Governor, Young Ju KIM, President of KITA (Korea International Trade Association), Jeoung Yeol YU, Deputy Minister of MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy), Yong Tae Joo, Director General of Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yang Won KIM, Deputy Mayor of Jeonju. And Hyun-mo An will host the ceremony. 

11:00 am to 6:00 pm ‒ The 14th International Carbon Festival, the Symposium on Carbon Materials, and Composite Technologies, with, among others Claudio Jarreta Neto, Non-metallic Materials Consultant at Petrobras; Professor Sung Ha, Hanyang University; Tadashi Uozumi, Principal Engineer from Murata Machinery. 

10:30 am to 12 pm – Students Program (Room 308 Level 3)

MAI Carbon, the Leading-Edge Cluster initiative, made up of more than 70 businesses, academic and research institutions in Germany, has been a longtime partner of JEC Asia. They will offer a brand-new Student Program that keeps abreast of composite-industry needs. The Student Program targets students who want to supplement their course studies by learning more about fiber-reinforced composites. 

On Thursday, November 14
9 am to 4 pm ‒ Automotive Conference session: Composite golden triangle and new hybrid solutions, with Dr. Bin WEI, former Senior Manager Lightweight at NIO; and Choon Soo Lee, Team Leader at Hyundai Motor Group.

9:30 am to 11 am ‒ Startup Booster Pitches 

JEC Asia 2019 will host the 2nd leg of the JEC Startup Booster world tour competition. The ten finalists selected in the region by a prestigious jury, will pitch their project to win a chance to showcase their work at JEC World 2020 in Paris.

5 pm to 5:30 pm ‒ Keynote: “The 4th Industrial Revolution: Implementing IIoT and AI to Composite Materials & Manufacturing. Session hosted by Avner Ben-Bassat, President & CEO of Plataine. 

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ‒ JEC Innovation Awards and Startup Booster Ceremony 

During the ceremony, the winners of Startup Booster competition and the JEC Innovation Awards will be revealed.

On Friday, November 15
9:00 am to 3:30 pm ‒ Aeronautics session: Faster processes and new materials co-organised with Composites United with various high-profile speakers such as Professor Dr.-Ing, Axel Herrmann, Head of Predevelopment at AIRBUS; Jens Boelke, Head of Composites & New Technologies at Thomas Technik; Charlotte Troubat, Marketing manager at Chomarat,

New in 2019 : the Innovation Stage Programme

This year JEC Asia will feature an exclusive Innovation Stage Program to put the spotlight on the startups that participate in Startup Booster competition. Communications and business experts will host several sessions on business, management, and marketing. Among others, this stage will welcome Dongki Lee, Executive Managing Director, Innovation & Startup Group at the Korea International Trade Association (KITA); Ellen YE, Investment Director Asia-Pacific, at Solvay Ventures; Henry SHIN, Director, Kolon Composites Innovation Center.

Tailored Business Programs and Composites Tours

Through the exclusive Business Meetings Program, exhibitors and decision-makers can set tailor-made meetings with composites partners, clients, and suppliers, identify new contacts and discover new products and solutions. 

JEC Asia offers also the opportunity to meet with major academic institutes and universities such as: Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Gyeongbuk Hybrid Technology Institute (GHI), Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology (KCTECH), Hanyang University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Kookmin University, and Kumoh National Institute of Technology. 

Four composites sites and research institutes visits will also be provided to go even further in their discovery of the Korean composites ecosystem:
On Tuesday, November 12
1 pm to 5 pm ‒ Win & Win Co And Kookmin University with Hankuk Carbon
On Friday, November 15 
9 am to 6 pm ‒ KCtech in Jeonju organised by KCtech
3 pm to 5 pm ‒ Hanyang University