Visitors from all over the world showed great interest in the new products on display. These included SAERfoam, an alternative to balsa wood, as well as a special focus on SAERTEX innovations in the field of carbon (CFRP) composites. Successful applications using carbon non-crimp fabrics were exhibited at JEC WORLD from fields such as marine, automotive, aerospace, and wind power.
SAERTEX introduced a new format entitled SPEAKER´S CORNER, where SAERTEX experts held short keynote presentations on material innovations. This attracted large crowds of visitors, especially the presentation on the “flying” carbon speed boats made by Swedish startup Candela. The new DIN SPEC 91326, which SAERTEX co-developed, and the fire-resistant SAERTEX LEO material system for railway vehicles received extremely positive feedback from trade visitors.
The show’s highlight was the Norwegian “Vision of the Fjords” project – a 41 m long tourist ferry made completely from carbon. At the show SAERTEX received the coveted JEC INNOVATION AWARD 2017 for its contribution to this project, alongside co-winning shipbuilders Brødrene Aa and two other partners.
SAERTEX USA, LLC in Huntersville, North Carolina re-engineered its processes for further growth in the NAFTA markets. Milestones within this re-engineering process were the setup of new key processes, introduction of the SAP ERP system and the investment in a new customer service office facility.
As one of eleven companies from the district of Steinfurt associated with the Ecological Project for Integrated Environmental Protection (ECOPROFIT), SAERTEX is participating in the nationwide “Energy Efficiency Networks” initiative. Our goal: Within one year, we want to save 1.5 to 2 percent of the kilowatt-hours of our entire energy requirement and thus do our part to reduce CO2 in the commercial sector.