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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 10:36

2016 JEC Forums Automotive Composites Conference

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Following its strategy to address each composites end-using market specifically, the JEC Group launches an event entirely dedicated to Composites in the Automotive Industry. This 2-day conference will take place next October 13 and 14, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee, home to one of IACMI’s lead institutions (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation), the University of Tennessee.

“We are implementing our Group strategy oriented towards end-users. In all regions where we operate, our customers will benefit from specific platforms devoted to each market. The Automotive industry remains by far the largest market for composite materials in the U.S., rendering it a key player when it comes to innovation and advancements in materials and manufacturing processes. The main challenges: raw material cost reduction, light-weighting, and achieving mass production, are direct consequences of environmental requirements becoming more rigorous as concern about carbon emissions grows”. says Ms. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.

Thus, the 25 speakers will cover topics such as “Multimaterial Solutions in Automotive” dealing with the concerns of using both composites and metal components for optimized lightweighting, toughening composites via hybridization or again replacing traditional fasteners with adhesive bonding. Also the “Incorporation of Carbon Fiber in Structural Parts in the Automotive Industry” will be discussed with focuses on measuring structure health, new repair and recycling technologies.

The second day, 3 workshops will encourage interaction among the participants around the subjects of affordable composites, development and industrial commercialization of composites materials and partnerships & innovations in composites manufacturing.

“We wanted to propose an event that is tailored made for the American market and thanks to our numerous partners such as TVA, IACMI, the Tennessee state government, Oakridge National Laboratory (to name a few), we are very excited to organize a very diversified experience offering conference sessions, workshops, sites visits, a table-top area and various networking events,” adds Nicolas Baudry, Americas events director at JEC Group.

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Co-located with Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, the composites show & conferences will be host to 750 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees encompassing 363,000 square feet of the Georgia World Congress Center on May 3-5, 2016. North America currently accounts for 32 percent of the global composites market, with a market share of nearly US $24 billion. Two-thirds of JEC Americas exhibitors are North American-based, which underscores the remarkable evolution occurring throughout the continent. Between 2013 and 2018, North America is predicted to have an astounding 23 percent share of the composites industry’s projected growth.

Involvement of End-Users
“The demands made on materials have become greater. Decision-makers from the applicative markets, especially transportation, automotive and energy in the US are looking for light (resistant) products and design flexibility. The composites industry is establishing new modes of collaboration with end-users. JEC Americas 2016 centered around their needs will offer an extensive presentation of competitive manufacturing technologies and a wide range of finished composites products.” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.

Green Composites

“Another dimension is Going Green. Our Century requires “Green” products. It means more efficient processes. It also means we are able to recycle composites products and re-use the recyclates to make new products. “Green” will be the color of JEC Americas in 2016 and widely applied.” adds Mrs. Mutel.

The only major American composites show on the East Coast in 2016
JEC Americas comes back to Atlanta and once again experience Southern hospitality. The South is home to manufacturing and Atlanta perfectly reflects the dynamism of this sector. This is one of the reasons JEC Americas will be coming back to Atlanta in the even years. Atlanta is the ideal location to attract exhibitors from throughout the US, Canada, Latina America, as well as Europe and Asia.

Innovation in composites manufacturing at the heart of the event
Each of the JEC Americas programs (Live Demo Area, Innovation Corner, Conferences, Leadership Circles, etc.) will highlight the importance of innovation in producing composites parts. The two Leadership Composites Circles, in both Aeronautics and Automotive, will gather top managers in their respective industries from OEM’s to tier 1 suppliers to end-users, to exchange knowledge and network with their counterparts.

In addition, back by popular demand, JEC Academy, in a strategic partnership with Georgia Tech, will bring back and enhance the Education & Skills Village.

Tennessee Official State of Honor (SOH)
Peter Zezima, JEC Americas Event Director, added, “We are also proud to announce that Tennessee will be the official State of Honor for the JEC Americas 2016 event. The diversity of their industry, research center and universities will be showcased in Atlanta and serve as an introduction to our next American event, JEC Forums, in Knoxville, TN, October 13-14, 2016”.

Germany, Official Country of Honor (COH)
Peter Zezima also points out, “Manufacturing and Automotive will be major subjects in 2016. The selected Country of Honor is Germany for this session.”

With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC is the largest composite industry organization in the world. JEC represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global or local networking and information services. 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 – world and European leader, strongly supported by the industry and five times bigger than any other composites exhibition – JEC Asia in Singapore and JEC Americas in Atlanta, Boston and Houston; the Web Hub; the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Singapore, Atlanta, Knoxville and Boston; and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China).

The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generated $70 billion worth of business in 2014.

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Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:37

Recap of JEC Forums 2015 in Boston

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The 4th session of JEC Forums gathered major Industry leaders around 2 days of high-level conferences discussing Efficiency in Design & Production for Aeronautics & Automotive.

As JEC Group President & CEO Mrs Frédérique Mutel says: “Composites are revolutionary materials that move the 21st Century industry. The Boston JEC Forums presented the needs of this Century and how our Materials are designed and manufactured to bring Lightness and Flexibility”.

The first day focused on Design, Optimization and Simulation. Speakers from TPI Composites, Stanford University, Chomarat, GSEa Design and CETIM discussed Design optimization: the end of the black metal approach while speakers from Dassault Systemes, CompoSIDE and GE-Global Research Center presented papers on “Simulation: combining speed and accuracy”.

On the second day, speakers from Altair Engineering, MIT, LUNA lnnovation, e-Xstream and Purdue University raised the question and answers of “How can production ramp-up goals be met in the aeronautics industry?” Finally, experts from CETIM, TU Munich, SGL Group, IACMI, Lamborghini, Dieffenbacher North America and Coriolis Composites addressed the issues of “Cost-competitive solutions for mass production in the automotive industry”.

JEC Forums 2015 was also the stage of the 2nd Simulation Composites Circle where top composites leaders in the Simulation sector gathered to exchange and share on this topics. This exclusive networking circle is designed to cover the entire spectrum of the composites supply chain, including OEM’s, Tier 1 Engineers and Manufacturers, Designers, Equipment Suppliers and Raw Materials Producers. This international networking club attempts to bring together the key strategic decision makers, top managers and executives around the state-of-the-art of virtual design, simulation and analyses of composites materials and structures. This year participants included Lamborghini, Dixie Chemical, Altair, Oracle Team USA, Siemens PLM Software, E-xstream, IACMI, Dassault Systèmes, Chomarat NA, Ashland, Autodesk, BASF… with keynote speeches from JAG Composites and GE-Global Research Center.

JEC FORUMS 2016 will be held in September 2016 in Knoxville, TN in partnership with TVA, ORNL, the State of Tennessee and Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

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Friday, 15 May 2015 10:25

JEC Americas 2015

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JEC Group announced more details about the JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences, the event representing Composites Manufacturing, which brings together Science & Industry from both North and South America.

“Our competitive advantage is that JEC Americas gathers the stakeholders of the Composites Industry who bring the solutions to big series manufacturing. Solving the challenges of automation for the US market is crucial. The industry needs processes, equipment & tools to face the next step: composites mass production,” says Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO. “Indeed, 60% of the JEC Americas 2015 exhibitors provide innovative solutions for manufacturing of Composites such as equipment, software, tooling, and robots,” added Mutel.

Innovation in Mass Production will also be represented by the Shelby car; Presented by JEC Group and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) a 3D-printed Shelby will be featured in the Innovation Corner on the show floor. The Shelby was printed at the Department of Energy's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL using the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine and is intended as a "plug-n-play" laboratory on wheels. The Shelby was printed using 20% carbon fiber reinforced ABS material and has a Class A surface finish. “We are very proud to be the first American Composites show to showcase this Innovative vehicle that is very promising for the future of manufacturing in the US and in the world,”stated Peter Zezima, JEC Americas Sales Director.

In addition, the latest industry trends will be highlighted in two separate keynote addresses.  Ron Garan, former NASA astronaut, delivers the opening day keynote on June 2, and Byron Pipes, Director of Design and Simulation Technology Area, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation John Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Purdue University, will speak on June 3rd.

The Composites Industry is growing fast, made possible by the close relationship of the Golden triangle comprised of Government, Industry and Research, together with Material Sciences and Engineering. Successful ventures have emerged from various JEC programs, as JEC Group puts every effort in to bringing together Academics/Researchers and Industrialists. JEC fosters these alliances throughout the year and across the globe. In Houston, several participants including Stanford University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of British Columbia, Tianjing Polytechnic University, TUM, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), and Purdue University will participate at the Conferences and the Education & Skills village.

JEC Americas will also witness the growing exchanges between North and South America. Business flows between these 2 regions are accelerating for Composites and the Houston event will benefit from this dynamism. Featuring the South American Pavilion organized by ALMACO, the Latin American Composite Materials Association will bring participants from Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Columbia. They will showcase the often unrecognized assets of Latin America for Composites as well as promote their co-organized event with JEC Group : COMPOCITY in Sao Paulo next November 4-7, 2015.

On the side of Techtextil North America 2015, the show has exceeded pre-show expectations. “The co-hosting has resulted in creating an unparalleled event thereby creating the largest technical textiles, nonwovens, geosynthetics and composites trade show in the US this year,” Representatives of Techtextil North America noted.

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