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12th September 2017, Paris

JEC Asia moves to Seoul

JEC Group, a leading promoter of composite materials, continues its progress in Asia and is relocating JEC Asia, the annual composite trade fair for the Asia-Pacific region, to Seoul for its 10th edition. The trade fair will present all the composite solutions for all end-users industries from 1-3 November 2017.

“The city of Seoul is making great efforts to help us set up this international event, which will welcome participants from more than 40 countries from 1-3 November 2017. Moreover, Seoul has the ideal infrastructure to welcome exhibitors and visitors with the high quality that characterizes all JEC Group events,” said JEC Asia Director Christian Strassburger.

JEC Group President and CEO Frederique Mutel and Gyoung-Gee Liu, Vice-Mayor of Seoul, sign a memorandum of understanding in February 2017. © JEC Group

Booming market

Composite materials provide users with substantial benefits, like lightweight, strength, insulation, corrosion resistance, design and shape freedom, choice of textures, and easy maintenance. Given the increasingly important issues around material savings and the environment, the growing interest on the part of many industries is easy to understand, and composites are being used more and more.

In 2016, Asia accounted for 43% of the global market for composites in terms of value, or EUR 34.8 billion, compared to EUR 18 billion in 2011: a 93% increase over a six-year period. The two main user markets in Asia are consumer goods (30% of total volume) and electricity and electronics (27% of total volume).

Strategic hub

“South Korea is a country with spectacular growth. Every composites-using industry is represented in this country, including automotive, aerospace, electronics and sports & leisure,” said JEC Group President and CEO Frederique Mutel.

From left to right: KCTECH President Dong Chul Chung, Jec Group President and CEO Frederique Mutel, French Ambassador to Korea Fabien Penone, and KSCM President Kisoo Kim. © JEC Group

“A specific feature of this country is that it reaps the benefit of a positive synergy from the “golden triangle” that is formed by the government authorities with research & industry and material science & techniques. These three areas are virtuous circle models that help to develop industry as a whole. So, after signing a memorandum of understanding with the carbon cluster of the Jeonju region in 2014, we are now pleased to also have the support of the Seoul municipality, for which we signed a memorandum of understanding in early February 2017.”


At a press conference in Seoul on 12 July, the French Ambassador to Korea Fabien Penone expressed his pleasure that JEC Asia 2017 is the first French industrial trade fair to be organised in Seoul. Both the support from institutions and the enthusiasm of local and international manufacturers augur well for this tenth JEC Asia, organisers report.

JEC Asia is also hosting the 12th International Carbon Festival (ICF), which is organized by KCTECH, a competitive cluster in the Jeonju region, and it looks as though there will also be a strong turnout from the professionals in that industry.

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