Dutch innovation in lightweight materials wins Paris prizes
Three Dutch companies have won innovation awards at the annual Journal and Exhibitions on Composites (JEC) trade fair in Paris.
Innovative lightweight products
They were commended for their innovative lightweight products: DSM in the field of sustainability for new system for wind turbine blades, Ten Cate for the development of an aircraft seat and Lightweight Structures for the design of a new hopper car. The University of Twente won an award in the simulation category for developing special software. Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp presented the awards to the winners. “Dutch businesses dare to lead the way in pioneering developments,” the Minister said. “They are innovative, resulting in new materials, production methods and world class products. The Dutch manufacturing industry creates almost 13 per cent of our GDP. Cooperation between businesses, research institutes and governments guarantees the sector remains a world leader in a competitive environment.'This year the Netherlands was the host country of the JEC trade fair, with 1000 participating businesses from 94 countries, including 37 from the Netherlands. Some 350 Dutch firms are involved in the development or production of lightweight materials.