On 6-8 March, a team from Inholland Composites visited JEC 2018. Just north of Paris, France, this year’s largest European composites exhibition gave an expansive overview of the current composites market and innovations. Predominantly featuring material and technology suppliers, JEC attracts all types of fans of composites, including our travelling team of students and teachers. Inholland Composites was there to join the Holland Pavilion and to take a peek at the latest developments, explore new ideas with our partners in e.g. the SIA-RAAK ‘First-time-right’ project, and show our research themes and results.
In terms of developments, companies active in automated composites production seemed to have grown even with respect to previous years. Also the interest in bio-based fibers and resins and in repair of composites had increased, confirming the relevance of Inholland Composites’ current research themes, as also presented in our poster contribution to the Holland Pavilion.
The collaboration with the Holland Pavilion organizer, industry association CompositesNL, resulted in further dissemination of composites educational material through, among others, the TenCate-branded version of ‘composites – an introduction’. The network drink was a huge success.
Well-visited networking drink at our booth! Special thanks to the Dutch Embassy in Paris @NLenFrance and the Ministry EZK @MinisterieEZK Speeches by our Chairman @marcuskremers , Dirk-Jan Nieuwenhuis (Dutch Embassy) & Jeroen Heijs (Topsectoren) #JECWorld @JECComposites pic.twitter.com/NHfumdZ29L
— CompositesNL (@CompositesNL) 6 maart 2018
Students of Inholland Composites interviewed several of our First Time Right partners (http://r1ght.nl/about-us) on their developments. Adel, for instance, are considering to add resin injection to their manufacturing competences. Polyworx made us aware of the latest leak detection methods in vacuuminfusion, and Nedcam will soon update us on their mould shaping ambitions. CT Platon is ready to start engaging in research activities for this consortium by joining the Smart Mould concept and share their expertise on re-usable vacuum bags.
Ruben van den Brink (researcher Inholland Composites) explained his graduation research in automation of fibre placement and inspection of defects using his concept of the Smart Robot.
Our professor in applied sciences for composites Rogier Nijssen provided an interview and explained how the infrastructure can take benefit with the introduction of fibre reinforced composites. Watch the following video to learn more about this interview (in Dutch)
Finally, some students -as has become our tradition- were sent on missions as ‘mystery guests’ to investigate the latest secrets from our partners’ competitors.
Excellent network event at Holland Pavilion on first day @JECWorld Inspiring speeches by @marcuskremers ,Dirk-Jan Nieuwenhuis @NLenFrance & Jeroen Heijs @MinisterieEZK #JECWorld2018 #Auto #Aero #Marine #Medical #construction #Wind #EEE #Railway #Sports&Leisure #Oil&Gas pic.twitter.com/YjuzWouKkA
— Nico Schiettekatte (@NSchiettekatte) 6 maart 2018