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JEC Americas 2014 to Become Mega Event with Two other High-tech Shows

17 December 2013

JEC will highlight automotive, aeronautics, infrastructure and textile industries at the JEC Americas Composites Conference and Show this May in Atlanta, US.

This spring, composite manufacturers from around the world will visit the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, US, from 13 - 15 May for the third annual JEC Americas Exhibition and Conference. The organisers claim this to be the only composites event that brings together leaders from the full spectrum of the global composites value chain, both upstream and downstream.

This year, the JEC Group will leverage its new relationship with Messe Frankfurt to bring together the JEC Americas Exhibition and Conference with Messe Frankfurt’s Techtextil North Americaand Texprocess Americasshows aimed at giving visitors the opportunity to attend all three events at once.

JEC Group claim it provides the North American premiere venue for composites designers, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their technologies, expand their expertise, network with a wide array of industry professionals and gain a competitive edge in this important market.

“The Americas are a critical strategic market for anyone hoping to compete in the global composites industry, which is why JEC has been involved in the Americas for over 50 years”, says Frédérique Mutel, JEC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The region represents 34% of the global composites industry in value and 32% in volume, and is a leading innovator in key composites end-markets, including transportation, aeronautics, automation and wind energy. Teaming up with Messe Frankfurt means a strong presentation of technical textiles and composites solutions that will drive both industries forward.”

JEC Americas 2014 will highlight the following composite sectors.

Automotive:Projected to see continued growth fuelled by demand for lightweight materials, automotive is a key part of transportation, by far the largest composites end-user sector in the Americas.

Aeronautics:Representing six percent of the overall composites market, aeronautics is a crucial end-market for composites innovation due to the drive for lightweight and high-strength materials.

Infrastructure:One of the top three growth industries for composites, infrastructure applications are expected to continue to see strong expansion driven by  population growth, urbanisation and a growing middle class. New materials offer improved performance for key applications in buildings, roads and bridges.

JEC Group explains JEC Americas 2014 will fulfill one of the organisation’s key missions of sharing leading-edge innovations within the composites community. It says the event will cover every aspect of mass production, from raw materials to process. The preliminary programme features sessions on lightweight technical composites structures in aeronautics; advanced composites solutions for the automotive sector; and challenges and solutions for mass production. JEC Group expect to issue a finalised programme in March 2014.

The company states the location of JEC Americas 2014 being in Atlanta, places it in the heart of the manufacturing industry in the United States. Moreover, Atlanta is in close proximity to a vast scientific network, with more than 30 universities nearby, including Georgia Tech.


JEC says innovation is the key to its activities, and the JEC Americas Innovation Awards programme will honour the best new products, processes and applications in the composites industry. This programme has already awarded honours to more than 700 companies and their partners throughout the world at ceremonies in Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Singapore and Boston. The winners and the laureates will exhibit their best composites solution at the Innovation Showcase during JEC Americas 2014. 

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