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Tuesday, June 1

10:00 CEST

JEC Composites Observer
This presentation will cover the evolution and the growth of the composites industry at global level. It is a summary of the « JEC Composites Observer » a new annual overview of the state of the Composites Industry. Its release will become a new annual render-vous. The global composites market was of 11,4 Mt for 83 B$ in 2018. Asia has become the largest market in volume but Americas and EMEA still have higher added value applications. Composites markets follow the curve of economic development. Emerging Asia has still strong potential to grow. Europe has the risk of remaining fragmented by country. Composites materials are still niche materials compared to the main other competing materials such as concrete, steel and plastic. The industries where composites have increased their penetration rates over the past ten years are wind energy, marine, and electrical & electronics. Transportation and construction applications are the main drivers of the growth of composites (despite rather limited penetration rates of composites).

Tuesday June 1, 2021 10:00 - 10:30 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)

16:35 CEST

Keynote Session: Competitiveness through innovative materials for space launchers
In this presentation we will briefly review the evolutions that have occurred over the 10 last years in the field of materials and structures for launchers, including an overview on the confrontation between metallic and composite materials, and then we will elaborate on the main stakes of R&T activities today and the main research topics being addressed to support the continual improvement of European launchers competitiveness.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Hervé GILIBERT


Chief Technical Officer, ArianeGroup
Head of Ariane 5 development programs between 2002 and 2010 and Chief Technical Officer from 2011 to 2013 within Astrium Space Transportation (Airbus Group), Hervé GILIBERT took then the role of Head of Engineering when launchers and satellites activities were merged in the Space... Read More →

Presenters & Moderators
avatar for Sarah CRUDDAS


Space Journalist
Sarah Cruddas is a Space Journalist, TV Host, Author and Global Thought Leader in the Commercial Space Sector. She has an academic background in astrophysics and is a director at the non-profit Space for Humanity, which aims to democratise access to space.

Tuesday June 1, 2021 16:35 - 16:55 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)
Wednesday, June 2

09:30 CEST

Keynote Session: Reframing Glass’ Role in Infrastructure
Composites are the killer app to redefining performance, boosting productivity and unlocking new application development, such as building & infrastructure. As material science re-emerges to the forefront of Innovation, the current and next wave of building is about sustaining what’s there and making it better – thanks to Fiberglass and Glass-Fiber reinforced materials that outperform traditional materials such as metals and paper.

Discover how Owens Corning stands focused on delivering pathways to growth for customers and disruptive, game-changing benefits to end-users, in areas such as renewable energy to better power our future; bridges, roads & railways to withstand the elements and enable bigger innovation; buildings and building systems to improve the way we live; tanks, pipes and transit solutions to store and transport water.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Marcio SANDRI


President Composites Business, OWENS CORNING
Marcio Sandri is President of the Composites business at Owens Corning. Immediately prior to his appointment, Marcio served as Vice President of Global Strategy and Operations for the Composites business, where he was responsible for strategic marketing, manufacturing operations... Read More →

Wednesday June 2, 2021 09:30 - 10:00 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)

14:35 CEST

Keynote Session: Composite Hybrid Automotive Suspension System Innovative Structures (CHASSIS)
  • Lightweighting technology
  • Hybrid multi-material solutions
  • CO2 reduction

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Alan BANKS


Industrial Engagement Supervisor, Ford Motor Company
Alan Banks is the Lightweight Structures Supervisor within Innovation and Research at Ford MotorCompany. He started work at Ford in 1983 as an apprentice and worked in Chassis Engineeringresponsible for suspension systems on commercial vehicles until 2019 before his move to Innovation... Read More →

Presenters & Moderators
avatar for Dale BROSIUS


Chief Commercialization Office, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

Wednesday June 2, 2021 14:35 - 14:55 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)

16:00 CEST

Back to the Future: Flying Man Becoming Real – How I built Flyboard® Air and Jet Racer®
Franky “Flying Man” Zapata is CEO of Zapata Company, and the inventor of the Flyboard® Air, a kind of jetpack/hoverboard powered by turbo jets. Zapata recently participated in the 2019 Bastille Day military parade riding his invention and successfully crossed the English Channel from France to England few weeks later. Franky is now working on building a flying car, the Jet Racer®, that he hopes to introduce very soon. Discover the journey of Franky Zapata and how his company brings innovative engineering concepts, especially in the field of materials, with the aim of democratizing personal air mobility.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Franky ZAPATA


CEO & Founder, Zapata Company
He is undeniably an inventor.Ever since he was a small boy, Franky Zapata has dreamt of being able to fly. As his other consuming passion has always been speed, he chose to start his career in the jetski world where he worked relentlessly to become the best in his field. In his first... Read More →

Wednesday June 2, 2021 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)
Thursday, June 3

10:00 CEST

Keynote Session: The Industrialization Era
The composites industry is at a cornerstone of its evolution: cost-efficient technologies and product forms that enable reduced cycle times, a higher degree of structural integration and the utilization of automated fabrication processes are all critical to achieving the industrialization needed for widespread growth of composites and delivering the full potential the technology offers.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Carmelo LO FARO

Carmelo LO FARO

President, Solvay Composites Materials
Dr. Carmelo Lo Faro has been with the company for 20 years covering roles of incresing responsability including Chief Technology Officer for Cytec Industries and Executive Vicepresident Indultrial Business Line and Business development for Solvey Composites Materials.In April 2017... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 10:00 - 10:30 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)

12:05 CEST

Keynote Session: Learning from plants and biological physics to rethink how we design and build – from nano to macro
Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Ed CLARK


Associate Director, ARUP
Ed Clark is a structural engineer and Director or Arup in London. He is recognised as an accomplished structural designer and has led a wide range of building and infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas, working with many world leading architects and emerging practices. Ed... Read More →
avatar for Maximiliano ARROCET

Maximiliano ARROCET

Director, AL_A
Maximiliano Arrocet was made a director of AL_A in 2012 having joined the office in 2007. He led the design of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon and is currently leading the concept design for Pitch/Pitch and the design for Maggie’s Southampton. He also leads... Read More →

Presenters & Moderators
avatar for Peter HOPWOOD


Founder, Hopwood Communications
Born in Watford (UK), Peter is a communications and presence coach, public speaking & pitch trainer, conference host running Hopwood Communications. Essentially, his strength lies in helping companies, professionals, startups and high performers to confidently communicate with impact... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 12:05 - 12:30 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)

14:00 CEST

Keynote Session: Reaching the highest performance through composite materials
Improving user experience and helping it become risk-free, as well as facilitating rehabilitation for patients coming back from severe injuries and pursuing performance in high-level sports, are only a few of the requirements the Sports and Medical fields are currently taking on. The combination of superior strength and stiffness, lightweight properties, durability and customizable designs have made composite materials a natural fit for these industries, which both require the best possible material combinations for safety, comfort, and performance.


Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Stéphane HOUDET

Stéphane HOUDET

Wheelchair Tennis Player, SH
Born in November 1970 on the Atlantic Coast, Stéphane discovers on the beach his "first ball games. He chooses tennis and dreams of Grand Slam titles. At the age of 17 Stéphane begins playing at Roland Garros, whilst also studying to become a vet. It is this career path he chooses... Read More →

Presenters & Moderators
avatar for Max THOUIN


Sales Development Manager, Hexcel
Max is the Sales Development Manager for Hexcel's Carbon Fiber business in the Western US and Canada. Max is originally from Quebec, where he completed his undergrad and graduate studies in Mechanical engineering at McGill University. Upon graduation, he relocated to sunny San Diego... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 14:00 - 14:20 CEST
Agora Stage (Hall 5 - E98)