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JEC Group Publication: A New Book On the Growing Use of compositeS in Construction

Parul Dubey on June 15, 2017 - in Buildings, Structural components

JEC Group is launching the first ever book on the growing use of composites in architecture: “The Future of Building: The Growing Use of Composites in Construction and Architecture”. Its 194 pages of information and 80 concrete examples demonstrate the advantages of composites: lightweight, durable, resistant to corrosion, inexpensive to maintain, flexible design etc. “Composites are playing an increasingly bigger role in construction! Between 2016 and 2021, we are expecting a sharp growth in the market and a 5 to 6% annual increase in the use of composites in this sector,” explained Ms. Frédérique MUTEL, JEC Group President & CEO. “This new book supports JEC Group’s strategy towards end users. Composite materials offer tremendous advantages for architects and designers and, for the first time, they are the subject of a book that demonstrates the performance of composites in the construction and furniture industries,” said Ms. Anne-Carole BARBARIN, Development Director at JEC Group.



Composites comply with standards required in the construction industry and, on top of their durability, offer the possibility of integrating certain functions and provide greater energy efficiency. It is predicted that in 2050, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. It is vital that we find construction materials that enable us to construct durable buildings that meet environmental standards and that provide affordable urban housing. Composites are one possibility!” Frédérique MUTEL said.






One building that demonstrates the benefits of composites for the construction industry and that is presented in the book is the Institute of Sport. The complex design of the building’s façade was inspired by the body of an athlete. It was made possible thanks to the properties of fibreglass reinforced with polyester resin. Australian architects David Karotkin and Michael V. Henderson were able to offset material costs with the savings composites provide as a result of their lightweight properties, off-site manufacture, ease of installation and low ongoing maintenance. The façade was completed in 12 weeks, from creating the unique MDF mould and 7.5-metre-high composite panels to being fully installed.

The 192-page book is available for a price of €210 at: www.jeccomposites.com



With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC Group is the largest composite organization in the world. It represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global and local networking and information services. For the past 20 years, JEC has achieved continuous growth and acquired an international reputation. It has opened offices in North America and Asia. The Company is entirely owned by the non-profit Center for the Promotion of Composites. JEC Group’s policy is to systematically invest its profits in the creation of new services to benefit the industry. After successfully winning over the composites industry, JEC Group is now enlarging its scope to the next segment of the value chain, i.e. manufacturers and end-users.

Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC’s experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications – including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC Composites Magazine – the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – the world’s largest composites show, five times bigger than any other composites exhibition – JEC Asia in South Korea and JEC Americas in Chicago; the Web Hub www.jeccomposites.com; the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Seoul and Chicago and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China). The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide, generating 79 billion EUR worth of business in 2016.


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