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JEC Composites and Leading Companies Chart the Future of Composites at the Boston Innovative Composites Summit (I.C.S.)

26 Sep 2012
With More than 55 Years Providing World-Class Intelligence and Services for the Composites Industry, JEC’s I.C.S. Looks to Opportunities and Challenges that Lie Ahead

JEC, a world-renowned source for composites industry services, support and expertise, has unveiled the much-anticipated schedule for its Innovative Composites Summit (I.C.S.), a program of strategic, technical and end-user conferences.


Held in conjunction with the JEC Americas Composites Show & Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Nov. 7-9, 2012, this premiere conference will showcase the insights and expertise of top business and
technology leaders from the global composites industry, and help attendees anticipate key trends unfolding in strategic end-markets, including transportation, automotive, building and construction, marine, consumer goods, aviation/aerospace and wind energy.


“JEC Americas is a group undertaking” said Frédérique Mutel, JEC President and CEO.
“I.C.S. includes speakers from the region’s composite associations, universities, research centers and companies, including the U.S. Army Research University, Stanford University, the Composites Innovation Center, the City College of New York, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Chopper College, Ontario Bio Auto Council, Cytec, PPG, Mag, Zoltek, Strongwell, Johns Manville to name a few, plus multinational companies well established in North America, such as BASF, Chomarat, Dieffenbacher, Gurit, Siemens, Mitsubhishi, Ticona and Toyota. All together, we are determined to provide the best program for the composite industry, and for visitors coming from within the Americas and the world over.”


The I.C.S. conference will spotlight real-world perspectives from those at the forefront of leading composites market sectors. Top thinkers from business, technology and government will share their insights in:


Industry Verticals Forums

  • Aeronautics session: Composite materials have long been used for secondary structures in airframes, and are increasingly being applied in primary structures, such as fuselages. The challenges that composites will face in gas turbine engine applications are even greater. These are only two of the many applications that industry experts will discuss during the I.C.S. Aeronautics session, as they focus on the potential of composites to drive solutions to emerging challenges in this important market sector.
  • Automotive session: This session, organized with support from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), will highlight innovations in cutting-edge composites technologies enabling critical improvements in automotive performance, fuel economy, emissions and sustainability. Specific topics will include prepreg carbon composites, characterization of natural fibers, composites parts processing and low-cost manufacturing options.
  • Wind Energy session: As the wind power industry strives to capture more energy through larger turbines, composites will play an important role by delivering breakthrough strength-to-weight ratios, new design flexibilities, high resistance to fatigue and corrosion, and reduced drag. With an eye towards the next generation of wind turbine blades, this forum will explore new design options fueled by innovative material
    technologies such as alternative fibers, as well as overall strategies for optimal wind energy design, particularly blades and poles.
  • Building & Construction session: Fiber-reinforced composite materials (FRPs) continue to steadily penetrate applications in building and construction, introducing new challenges to conventional manufacturing processes as well as new opportunities within the solar industries. This session will draw on the knowledge of building sector leaders to illuminate these topics. One highlight will be the growing interest in pultrusion processing, which offers an efficient and cost-effective means to produce the large part sizes, intricate design features and high volumes that are in demand by the construction industry. Such innovations promise to make composite materials more competitive over conventional wood products.


Cross-Industry Forums

  • Automation session: Automated manufacturing is key to competing in every market sector that composites target today, including aerospace, automotive, construction and wind power. Yet, many of today’s automated processes are not optimized for working with composite materials. This session will spotlight the questions currently arising about automated manufacturing from important end-markets for composites, and feature insights from the industry leaders best positioned to help solve them.
  • Bio-Based Composites session: The rapidly evolving biotechnology sector is introducing genetically optimized designer materials offering new opportunities for advanced, ultra-light-weight biocomposites for automotive and aerospace applications as well as new high-tech twists on millennia-old building construction materials. This session will offer compelling testimony on how a strong, industrial biocomposites development strategy can offer bottom-line benefits in terms of economics, environmental and social benefits. Leaders in the field of biocomposites will address the key questions from top end-markets about how biocomposites are enabling previously unimaginable solutions.
  • Thermoplastics session: Thermoplastic composites have gained market share and importance over the last two decades as their unique properties, such as toughness, impact behavior and excellent recyclability continue to introduce many new opportunities. But challenges remain, including the ever-present demands for enhanced application performance, cost reduction and tighter environmental compliance. All of these
    challenges translate to thermoplastic composites application development. This session will detail the ongoing work with thermoplastic composites, as designers seek to increase the stiffness and strength of these materials so they can be used in more structural applications in a variety of industries ranging from materials handling to automotive.


Topics like the impact of regulations, carbon and emerging composite materials transcend industry-focused interests. Consequently, the JEC I.C.S. conference in Boston will dedicate a forum to each of these important topics.

  • Regulations forum: The breadth of U.S. trade controls comes as a surprise to many companies seeking to create inroads into this vibrant composites market. The I.C.S. forum on U.S. trade regulations will assemble a panel of top U.S. legal experts to provide a strategic overview of trade controls as they apply to the advanced materials industry. Panelists will also discuss the compliance challenges currently facing the industry, as well as the most successful practices for navigating today’s regulations by leaders in the field.
  • Carbon forum: The Carbon forum will provide a detailed exploration of the latest developments and applications that are advancing the potential and value of carbon fiber for use in today’s composite materials.
    Leading researchers from around the globe will update attendees on state-of-the-art carbon fibers for unprecedented weight reduction, as well as the use of recycled carbon fibers. Despite the forum’s cutting-edge focus, its presentations will also include real-world case studies in breakthrough automotive, bicycle and marine applications.
  • Design forum: The Design forum dives deeply into the very latest advances when designing with new composites technologies, such as laminates that achieve anisotropy and asymmetry for greater strength and toughness, as well as expanded opportunities for cost-savings through assembly. The Design forum will also host a case study presentation on the development of Toyota’s breakthrough all-composite LFA automobile.


Aprogram of more than 100 presentations the I.C.S. will also include:

  • A large Education & Skills Village bringing together universities, industry organizations, academic groups, market associations and scientific centers. Further, given Boston’s global reputation as a center of higher education and technology development, JEC is granting students a 50 percent discount to attend the sixth I.C.S. conference, and complimentary access to the entire JEC Americas Exhibit
  • A presentation of an automation process chain
  • A live demo of large-series reinforced thermoplastics parts manufacturing
  • A poster session
  • Three days of technical sales presentations


Co-location with IFAI

JEC Americas will also offer targeted opportunities for composites professionals interested in industrial textiles by co-locating its Boston conference with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo Americas 2012, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. IFAI is the leading trade organization in its sector.
Both events could attract 600 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors.



JEC Group chose Boston to host JEC Americas 2012, not only for the city’s accessibility between North America’s
West Coast, Europe and Latin America, but also because it is a global hub for high-tech industry and offers excellent
infrastructures and affordable accommodations. Moreover, the greater Boston area is one of the world’s greatest
concentrations of top universities.