Remarkable breakthrough of Composite Materials in the Automotive Industry
On October 14, 2016 the JEC International Conference on Automotive Technology wrapped up its very first session with very good feedback and attendance
The 2-day event focused on the latest development of Composites materials in the Automotive Industry with 20 table-tops and more than 210 attendees from America, Europe and Asia.
“We are very happy that our global and local strategy to address each composites end-using market specifically has been well received by the composites community. As the Automotive industry remains the largest market for composite materials in the U.S., we felt that it was essential to deliver a tailor-made service to this industry at this location. We picked Knoxville on purpose as we believe this region is going to be an important Composites corridor in the near future. Also, in view of the outcome, we are planning to make it an annual meeting. As a matter of fact, we have already started to work on the next International Conference on Automotive Technology in Knoxville in the Fall of 2017.” says Mr. Daniel AGEDA, JEC Group Secretary General and COO.
The first day was dedicated to conferences on Multimaterial Solutions in Automotive and the Incorporation of Carbon Fibre in Structural Parts in the Automotive Industry. All 12 American and European speakers delved into essential problematics about the challenges in lightweighting for the Automotive market, the future of hybrid solutions, and the consequences of environmental requirements.
On the second day, the workshops organized in partnership with e- Xstream Engineering, ORNL and IACMI worked on topics such as Affordable Composites, the Development and Industrial Commercialization of Composite Materials as well as the Partnerships and Innovations in Composite Manufacturing.
“I would like to thank the University of Tennessee and Oakridge National Laboratory who welcomed our attendees on 2 site visits and presented them with their capabilities for the design, manufacturing, modelling and characterization of fibres as well as experience the large and small-scale Polymer 3D printers.” adds Nicolas Baudry, Americas events director at JEC Group.
The composite industry employs 550000 professionals worldwide, generating USD 69 billion worth of business in 2015.