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JEC Americas Highlights Acceleration in New Composites Materials and Manufacturing

  • Tuesday, 15th October 2013
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JEC says the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conference, held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, US from 2 – 4 October, reflected the growing commerce, collaboration and innovation that have come to typify the region’s dynamic composite market.

341 exhibiting companies, a total of 4,155 professionals from 53 countries and 36 US States shared the latest innovations that will drive the next-generation of breakthroughs in applications from aerospace, automotive, energy, automation and every sectors that are using composite materials.

 JEC state the event further advanced its core mission to promote the high-quality networking and shared knowledge that will help sustain innovation and healthy commerce for the global composites industry. Underscoring JEC’s forward-looking mandate, Mrs. Frederique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO, and Mr. John Gallagher, President and CEO of Messe Frankfurt announced on the first day of the event a new strategic partnership between the two organisations. Through its alliance with Messe Frankfurt   JEC will significantly expand its already robust array of resources for the Americas next year. Namely, the two industry leaders will co-locate JEC’s new annual springtime Composites Show & Conference, running May 13 to 15, 2014 at the World Congress Center in Georgia, US with two Messe Frankfurt events – Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, bringing to the market 3 events in 1 location.

“With over $37 billion in value in 2012, the American composites market offers tremendous opportunities for competitive global players,” said Mrs. Mutel. “It also represents an important driver of important industry trends and solutions, from growing adoption of carbon fibre, to expanding use of automated manufacturing to innovations in thermoplastic infusion. With over 55 years actively supporting the Americas’ composites industry, JEC continues its commitment to provide the critical platforms for sharing knowledge and innovation in composites technology.”

JEC says its JEC Americas 2013 event elicited positive remarks among participants and attendees. Many of those surveyed about the show and conferences agreed the event significantly expanded their knowledge of the latest industry trends and advances.

JEC launched the Leadership Composites Circles where elite stakeholders in every industry that uses composites materials in a high capacity share experience and discuss opportunities. The first Automotive Composites Circle took place on JEC Americas 2013, where top managers and leaders of the Global Automotive Industry met with their peers and future partners to collaborate, share and learn from each other.

JEC’s emphasis on advances was evident at the second annual JEC Americas Innovation Awards ceremony, where ten companies and their partners were recognised for their outstanding contributions to composites technology. Gene Lavanchy, a Boston news anchor, presented awards to the winners in categories, which included Safety, Supply Chain, Design, Fibres, Process, Green Solutions and Multisectorial. JEC also introduced four new award categories this year – Innovation Spreading, Electric Vehicle, Pipes & Water Management and Student Award – to reflect the expansion of the composites industry into new markets.

Award winners included the below companies.

  • Gascogne Laminates: Supply Chain Category;
  • Hanyang University: R&D, Design Category;
  • Innegra Technologies: Fibre Category;
  • TSE Industries Inc.: Green Solutions Category;
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology: Process Category;
  • Invenio S.A.: Electrical Vehicle Category;
  • Advanced Telescopic Technologies Inc.: Multisectorial Category;
  • Ticona: Pipes & Water Management Category;
  • Go Composites: Personal Safety Category;
  • FS Cruing Diamond/FS Tool: Innovation Spreading Category; and
  • Eric Engel: Student Award Category.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition, JEC’s latest Innovative Composites Summit (I.C.S.) showcased expert insights from top business and technology leaders into important macro trends affecting industry sectors, such as aeronautics, automotive and automation; new materials, such as carbon fiber, thermoplastics and biocomposites; and cutting-edge processing and design approaches. Altogether, more than 100 presentations and 60 Technical posters were presented at this year’s conferences.

JEC Americas was attended by companies from the entire composites value chain and representing a range of key industry end markets. It represents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for learning, business development and networking in a region representing the largest worldwide composites market.

JEC’s mission is to expand composites markets, with all of the revenue invested back into the composites sector. 

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