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The JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences, which will be held 2-4 June in Houston, Texas, US, has seen a 20% increase in manufacturing and equipment exhibitors.
“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 Mrs. 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,” she added.
JEC explains that 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. It claims that 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 fibre 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.
JEC says that, 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.
According to JEC, the Composites Industry is growing fast (+5% p.a.), which it says is made possible by the close relationship of the Golden Triangle comprised of Government, Industry and Research, together with Material Sciences and Engineering.
Frédérique Mutel points out that, “These models of virtuous circles applied by JEC in Europe, Asia and America have proven to be positive and fruitful for all participants.” She claims that successful ventures have emerged from various JEC programs, as JEC Group puts every effort into bringing together Academics/Researchers and Industrialists, such as the C-Ply composite concept by Professor Tsai from Stanford University and developed by CHOMARAT in a cooperation which began on a 2011 JEC platform. JEC says it fosters these alliances throughout the year and across the globe. In Houston, US, 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), 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 organised by ALMACO, the Latin American Composite Materials Association, it will bring participants from Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Columbia. They will showcase the often unrecognised assets of Latin America for Composites as well as promote their co-organised event with JEC Group: COMPOCITY in São Paulo next November 4-7, 2015.
Co-exhibited Techtextil North America 2015 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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