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JEC saw thousands of industry and market thought leaders gather for its 4th annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences which were held in Houston, Texas, US, last week.
Throughout the three-day show, JEC explains that participants witnessed the latest technological developments within a growing composites industry whose applications extend to the energy, automotive and aerospace sectors. It says that this year’s event had a particularly pronounced focus on composites manufacturing, attracting leaders in big series manufacturing with 60 percent of the exhibitors presenting solutions for manufacturing of composites, including equipment, software and tooling. According to JEC, the show itself increased by 15% in space and number of exhibitors. Michael Gromacki, Senior Vice President at Dixie Chemicals said “This is our first time exhibiting at JEC Americas and we are very pleased with the turnout”.
“The composites industry continues to thrive in North and South America, driven by innovations in materials, processing and equipment. That growth is mirrored by the development of JEC Americas,” explained Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO, JEC Group. “The dynamic interactions between exhibitors and attendees in Houston show how gathering the best and brightest minds can drive growth in the region and communicate the value of composites more broadly. We look forward to exploring avenues for further development through the continued evolution of JEC Americas.”
A 3D-printed Shelby Cobra featured at the show’s Innovation Corner. Developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, JEC says the Shelby was printed using 20 percent carbon fibre-reinforced ABS material. The show also featured keynote addresses by Ron Garan, a former NASA astronaut and Byron Pipes, the John Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, exploring composites innovations in aerospace and manufacturing, as well as the industry’s potential to push the boundaries of further innovations.
To celebrate these innovations, JEC Group hosted the JEC Innovation Awards, where it honoured 10 companies whose innovations in composites demonstrate how new materials are transforming industries of all types. “With the significant growth in the number of companies participating, this year’s JEC Americas reflects the rapidly expanding global market for composites,” said Peter Zezima, North American Sales Director, JEC Group. “The diversity of the exhibitors, attendees and technologies further illustrates how the composites industry itself is diversifying, both commercially and geographically.”
Next year JEC Americas will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, US, in May 2016. JEC says planned conference topics include challenges in the glass fibre industry, lowering processing costs in the automotive industry and innovations in 3D printing. In addition to presenting every aspect of composites manufacturing, JEC Americas 2016 will display how composites can fundamentally reshape how we interact with everyday objects and lead to better living.
Photo provided by JEC.
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