Everyday items from tumblers and airplanes to automobiles and military body armor are comprised of composite materials. JEC Americas International Composites Event will bring together trailblazers and innovators in composites at the fifth annual international conference and exhibit show in Atlanta from May 3 – 5, 2016.
In 2015, the U.S. composite materials industry grew 5.6 percent and reached $23.64 billion overall (including the final parts added value). Innovation remains a crucial factor driving the composite materials industry growth. Analysts estimate that growth will surge to approximately 5.4 percent and reach $24.91 billion in 2016, JEC Composites Magazine reports.
“Composite materials are strengthening the dynamic landscape of several key industries,” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, president and CEO, JEC Group. “JEC Americas 2016 assembles those decision makers, end-users and composites companies in a collaborative environment. From Australia and Germany to the United States and everywhere in between, the conference and show is a testament to how composite materials are helping to build a stronger world around us.”
The three-day event will feature a global tradeshow highlighting innovations in composite manufacturing across the globe as well as sessions and keynote presentations to provide holistic insights on evolutions across various sectors. With this year’s focus on the aeronautic and automotive industries, the Leadership Composites Circles will connect top leaders to OEMs, suppliers and end-users to exchange knowledge and network with their counterparts.
Sustainability is another dimension of this year’s conference with the renewed focus on developing more efficient processes as well as recycling composite products and reusing materials to create new products. Other topics such as challenges in the glass fiber industry, carbon fiber in the automotive industry and technical textiles and composites will help thousands of global professionals discover new solutions to their unique business challenges.
“Atlanta is an ideal location for this year’s conference. In fact, there are more than 300 facilities in Georgia dedicated to aerospace and air transportation manufacturing,” said Nicolas Baudry, Event director, JEC Americas. “We’re looking forward to returning to the city and experiencing the cross-pollination of knowledge from a variety of experts and industry leaders.”
Major General Jocelyn M. Seng, Mobilization Assistant to the Commander and President, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, will serve as the featured keynote speaker. General Seng’s presentation will examine how technology, particularly composites, affects society. Dr. Keith Young, Composites Director at Boeing, and Dr. Hendrik Mainka, Composites Director at Volkswagen, will also serve as keynote speakers.
Co-located with Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, JEC Americas provides a diverse platform for industry leaders to discuss new trends, exchange views on best practices and explore new innovations. JEC Americas International Composites Event will take place from May 3-5, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center. It will host 750 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees.
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