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The Composite UK JEC World pavilion attracts many people throughout the composites sector
The Composite UK JEC World pavilion attracts many people throughout the composites sector

This April heralds the return of the Composites UK-run UK Pavilion at JEC World, Paris as the Association continues its sterling work helping more regions and member companies increase the UK industry’s presence.

Composites UK is returning for the second year as the sole organiser of the UK Pavilion at JEC World 2023 in Paris from 25–27 April. The National Composites Centre and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, plus Welsh Government are also back as supporting partners of the stand.

A bigger space for 2023 at 170.5m2, the newly redesigned stand houses 28 pods from across the supply chain of the UK composites industry, representing the breadth of innovation. The stand, was specifically organised to help UK SMEs have a presence at the show where they may not have been able to otherwise. The networking reception on Wednesday 26th April from 2–4pm historically attracts around 150–200 people from Government, OEMs, Tier 1s and composites companies from across the world.

Composites UK is also fully invested in activities surrounding the show, attending meetings with the European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA) and the Gathering of Global Association where international associations come together to share best practice and discuss common issues.

Following JEC, the Association has a jam-packed events calendar through to 2024. In May, Composites UK and its members head to Parliament for our first Parliamentary Reception, to highlight how the composites sector can bring together world-leading science, engineering and innovation skills which are fundamental to achieving the UK’s transformation to a low carbon future and, along the way, creating thousands of new skilled jobs.

Showcase events on Digitalisation, the Automotive Sector and Graphene are all planned for 2023, as is a site visit to Zund (plus a Tier 1 company to be announced), our annual Thermoplastic Composites event with the British Plastics Federation, and sustainability focused events at NIACE in Belfast, looking at Biomaterials and a one-day ‘development’ update for RECOMP – the reuse and recycling of composites.

The annual Awards Dinner returns on 1st November at the National Motorcycle Museum, to coincide with the neighbouring Advanced Engineering Show (AES) (1-2 November, Birmingham NEC) in celebration of the UK composites industry. As a headline industry partner at AES, our members receive 10% off stand space or the option to join us on our pavilion stand based on what we have at JEC.

The Association is also a supporting partner at multiple other exhibitions for 2023. Seawork, Highways UK, the Engineering Design Show, Advanced Materials Show, Interplas and M&E Week are all exhibitions supported by Composites UK with more to be announced as we move through the events calendar.

Composites UK, along with Fluency, are again co-organising the International Composites Summit (6–7 September 2023, Milton Keynes), returning bigger and better in a new, larger venue. Moving out of London makes the exhibition more assessable for exhibitors and keeping it near to major airports allows for convenient travel for overseas attendees. The exhibition space is filling up, with plans for meet-the-buyer events, sector-focused forum sessions and an informal networking dinner. The event has already secured the support of our association counterparts and industry media from the UK and abroad.

The Association’s online programme of events will also continue as one-hour technical sessions throughout the year. Make sure to visit our website or subscribe to our mailing list for details as they are announced.

Claire Whysall, marketing and communications manager, Composites UK


Composites UK

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