03 July 2012
03 July 2012
After 55 years in the Americas, JEC Composites will further expand its offerings in the region this fall with the opening of its inaugural JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Nov. 7 – 9, 2012.
According to JEC, this event will provide a venue for composites designers, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their technologies, expand their expertise, network with a wide array of composites industry professionals and gain a competitive edge in the Americas – a region that represents the largest worldwide composites market, totalling $34 billion in revenues.
With an increasing global network connecting over 250,000 composites industry professionals, JEC says it represents, promotes and helps to grow composites markets – such as transportation, automotive, building and construction, marine, consumer goods, aviation/aerospace and wind energy – by providing networking and world-class information services.
JEC claim that composite industry professionals asked them to develop in the Americas a new Composites Show and Conferences program where the whole value chain of the composites industry could meet and network. They say every application sector and related services will be represented at the November event.
“The Americas are a key strategic market for the global composites supply chain,” said Frédérique Mutel, JEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The American composites sector represents 36 percent of worldwide revenues, compared to 33 percent for the Europe/Middle-East/Africa market, and 31 percent for the rest of the world including all of Asia. JEC Americas will provide a much needed venue for composites professionals in the Americas and worldwide to meet, discuss and forge new opportunities in this vibrant and fast-growing geography.”
In view of North America’s educational and scientific landscape, JEC explains the conference will include a large Education & Skills Village that will host around 30 universities, composites and advanced materials organizations, academic groups, market associations and scientific centers, such as the National Composites Center.
JEC says one of its missions is the transference of knowledge within the composites community. Hence, JEC Americas says it will also provide a stage for the Sixth Innovative Composites Summit (I.C.S.), a program of strategic and technical conferences and forums with a proven record of delivering high value content at JEC’s European and Asian events. In Boston, separate I.C.S. sessions will explore bio-composites, automotive (in partnership with the Society of Plastics Engineers), automation, aerospace, wind energy, carbon, building and construction and other topics. A preliminary program is now available.
JEC explains that its Innovation Awards program will also run in America this November to honour the best new products, processes and applications in the composites industry. This program has already rewarded more than 700 companies and their partners throughout the world at ceremonies in Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Singapore and soon Boston. The winners and the laureates will exhibit their best composites solution at the Innovation Showcase during JEC Americas 2012.
JEC Americas says it will also offer targeted opportunities for composites professionals interested in industrial textiles by co-locating its Boston conference with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo Americas 2012, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. , IFAI is the leading trade organisation in its sector. JEC says both events could attract 400 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors. By the end of May 2012, 250 exhibitors had already registered booth space with JEC Americas.
The JEC Group chose Boston to host JEC Americas 2012, not only for the city’s accessibility between North America’s West Coast, Europe and Latin America, but also because they believe it to be a global hub for high-tech industry and offers excellent infrastructures and affordable accommodations. Moreover, the greater Boston area is one of the world’s greatest concentrations of top universities.
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