(EnergyAsia, June 29, Monday) — Paris, France-based JEC group, organiser of the JEC Composites Asia conference and exhibition, has promised to stage a bigger event in Singapore this year to build upon the success of last October’s show.

On July 9, Frédérique Mutel, JEC’s President and CEO, will chair a media briefing to present details of the upcoming event. She will be joined by Professor T. E. Tay of the National University of Singapore’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

JEC said it has increased the exhibition floor space by 75% to 124,000 square feet to meet demands of exhibitors and visitors for the upcoming show this year.

Despite the current economic situation, JEC said it expects the number of exhibitors and delegates would likely increase for the upcoming event. To date, seven national pavilions including Australia, Taiwan, India, Japan, China, South Korea and France have been confirmed.
JEC said Singapore-based companies had the second highest representation as exhibitors at last year’s event.

The JEC Asia event 2009 is supported by A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), National University of Singapore (NUS), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the Land Transport Authority (LTA), STB (Singapore Tourism Board) and EDB (Economic Development Board).

Since 2002, Asia’s economy has experienced high growth rates of around eight percent per year. In 2000, the region represented 25% of the global composites consumption. Currently, it represents 42% and is expected to reach 50% in 2013. 

With major growth markets in China and India, along with Middle East, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia as well as Australia, Japan and South Korea, the Asia Pacific composites market is valued at 18 billion euro. (US$1=0.70 euro).

JEC, which promotes the use of composite materials worldwide, informs and connects 250,000 composite professionals through a comprehensive service package.

Composites are a combination of at least two structurally different, non-miscible materials whose individual properties combine and become complementary creating a heterogeneous material with improved overall performance. An example is carbon fibers which are commonly used in the aviation industry.