JEC World is the only fair in the world that gathers the entire value chain, such as machinery and materials, software and services, and technology processes, under a single roof in the composite industry, which is called the “industrial material of the future”.
This year’s theme of the fair, which is the first face-to-face JEC World organization after 2019 due to the Pandemic, was determined as “Composites for a sustainable world”.
A total of 40 Turkish companies participated in the fair, 14 of which were within the scope of the national participation organization organized by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), and 26 on an individual basis.
A total of 1,350 companies and organizations opened stands at JEC World 2022 this year. While the fair administration announced that 40 thousand professionals from 112 countries will attend the fair, it is expected that more than 600 new products will be launched during three days.
The fair is seen as a threshold for the Turkish composite industry to become a global brand. Composite materials, the use of which is increasing day by day, turn into value-added products in many sectors such as aviation, automotive, defense, marine, energy, infrastructure, construction, design, electronics and medical.
“Composite is one of the sectors that will make Turkey leap forward”
Making evaluations about the fair, İTO President Şekib Avdagiç said that there are 180 medium and large-scale companies operating in the Turkish composite sector, and the number has reached 800, with companies partially engaged in this business.
Stating that approximately 13 thousand people work in these companies, Avdagiç said, “The Turkish composite material market has a volume of 1.62 billion Euros and 300 thousand tons. The large world of the Turkish composite industry reveals the momentum it has achieved in JEC World 2022. I believe that Turkish companies that are in a rapid growth trend. will increase their trade volumes and expand their business capacities thanks to events such as JEC World.” he said.
Emphasizing that composite is one of the leading sectors that will increase Turkey’s competitiveness in global trade, Avdagic said:
“Composite is the material of tomorrow and the added value provided by the composite industry is very important for our national industry move. As ITO, we are aware of the fact that composite is one of the industries that will make Turkey leap forward. Therefore, Turkey has consistently participated in the JEC World Fair since 2013. “Every year we add new perspectives to the composite world. I believe that JEC World will contribute to the promotion of the Turkish composite industry on a global scale. It will also support the value-added production of our companies, increase our exports, and establish many foreign partnerships.”
“A completely different world on lightness and durability in composite manufacturing”
ITO President Avdagiç stated that composite is a sector that shapes the bright future of manufacturing in Turkey, and that 75 percent of composite products are used in the transportation-automotive, pipe-tank-infrastructure and building-construction sectors.
Pointing out that they expect more composite materials to be used in wind energy, space and aviation, and electricity and electronics sectors with the acceleration of the production of high-tech products in Turkey, Avdagic said:
“It’s a completely different world on lightness and durability in composite manufacturing. 8 percent composite material was used in Concorde airplanes produced in the 1970s. Today, 50 percent of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 models are manufactured from composite materials. Flight ranges are achieved with the use of composite materials in spacecrafts and rockets. lengthened significantly.
Composite materials are also used extensively in warplanes, helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. A 10 percent reduction in the weight of a car saves 5-7 percent fuel. Composite materials have been preferred for a long time in Formula 1 racing cars and upper segment vehicles. There is an increasing trend towards composites in mid-segment models as well. Many parts of heavy vehicles such as buses, trucks and trucks are made of composite materials.”
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