Atlanta – The third annual JEC Americas Composites Show, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from May 13 to 15, reflected the dynamic innovation unfolding in a region that represents nearly a third of the global composites industry (32 percent in value and 28 percent in volume). Held in conjunction with Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas shows, the co-located event began with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, and attracted 759 exhibiting companies and over 9,000 professional visits. The powerful synergy of these three industry-leading brands brought industry leaders together with niche start-ups to promote the commerce and collaboration that will drive new innovation and breakthroughs along the entire composites value chain.
The mutual benefits were so optimistic that JEC group and Techtextil North America have decided to repeat the collocation next year in Houston (June 2-4, 2015). "We favor long-term relations. Our strategic partnership with TTNA is meant to gradually bring an increasing added value to our respective markets. We are very happy that the first outcomes are very positive" says Mrs Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.
“Moreover, choosing Houston as the next destination for our joint event happens to be totally in line with JEC’s mission to address every sector and every segment of the composites Industry. It allows us to get closer to clusters such as Energy & Environment, Oil & Gas, Pipes and tanks, Wind Energy or to go further in our Aeronautic or Automotive networks.”
Dennis Smith, President, Messe Frankfurt Inc. stated : “Houston is the ideal location for our 2015 event as it represents a thriving business environment specifically in the fields of energy, aerospace, medical and other key manufacturing industries that are very relevant to the technical textile industry.
He went further to add: Our co-location once again with JEC also represents an ongoing initiative to bring related events together to add increased value to the attendee experience.”
Further illustrating the value and success of JEC’s mission was the joint venture signed and announced at JEC Americas 2014, between contract manufacturer TSE Industries of Clearwater Fla., and ATT Composites, a designer and builder of composite multi-stage hydraulic hoists in Orilla, Ontario. The two companies first met in Boston at the 2013 JEC Innovation Awards ceremony, and recognized an opportunity to develop prototypes of Telescopic Hydraulics cylinders using TSE-EcoWind Poyurethane Composites Resins. Both companies are winners of a JEC Innovation Awards (ATT in 2013 and TSE in 2014).
Held in parallel with the JEC Americas exhibit, the latest Innovative Composites Summit (I.C.S.) showcased expert insights from leading scientists, designers and engineers from around the world, who discussed important macro trends affecting industry sectors, such as composite matrices, reinforcements, aeronautic and automotive solutions, as well as mass production of textile preforming technologies.
JEC’s strong support and promotion of innovative industry advances was on display at the JEC Americas Innovation Awards ceremony, where ten companies and their partners were recognized for advancing the state-of-the-art in ten competitive categories spanning the entire composites value chain, from raw materials to finished products.
JEC Americas was also the site for JEC’s third Automotive Circle, where top managers from sixty companies across the global automotive industry met with their peers and future partners to discuss challenges, successes and new opportunities along the entire automotive composites supply chain. First launched at last year’s JEC Americas event and revisited at JEC Europe 2014, the Atlanta event featured a keynote from Luciano De Oto and Marco De Luca of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. about a new European Union-funded project for the development of cost-effective and sustainable polyethylene-based carbon fibers. Further, its success has inspired the launch of similar JEC events, including a Simulation Circle held during JEC Americas Fall 2014 in Boston this October, and an Aeronautics Circle slated for JEC Asia 2014 in Singapore this November.
Many visitors at the Atlanta event were invited to take an exclusive tour of Marietta NDT’s 95,000 ft2 design and manufacturing space for customized non-destructive testing systems. The tour of this U.S. industry leader’s facility provided insights into the expansive range of solutions it offers, from initial design discussions through manufacturing, installation and service.
Serving as a one stop shopping event for the composites Industry, 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.
The high rate of early booking for the JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences in Houston (June 2-4, 2015) confirms the positive regard and high value that attendees placed on the event in North America.