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JEC Group brings Composites Solutions for Mobility to NAIAS for the first time

8 Jan 2019
The 31st edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the stage for a new pavilion dedicated to promoting composites solutions for mobility. JEC Group, the leading company dedicated to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the global growth and promotion of the composite materials industry, is driving this new initiative along with its partners MAGNA, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), IACMI – The Composites Institute and HEXCEL.

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  • MAGNA, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), IACMI – The Composites Institute and HEXCEL partnering at first-ever NAIAS JEC Composites Pavilion
  • Composites Solutions for Mobility highlights the different benefits, applications and the growing relevance of composite materials for mobility today and tomorrow.
  • Automotive industry makes up 20% of the total composites market with growth to come
  • Global regulations driving greater use of composites for better fuel economy and lower emissions
  • Composites offer highly adapted solutions for these new challenges of mobility, in many cases they are the only solution and enabler for new technologies.

 

The 31st edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the stage for a new pavilion dedicated to promoting composites solutions for mobility. JEC Group, the leading company dedicated to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the global growth and promotion of the composite materials industry, is driving this new initiative along with its partners MAGNA, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), IACMI – The Composites Institute and HEXCEL.

 

After a first pavilion at Mondial.Tech during the Paris Motor Show in 2018, JEC Group chooses the largest concentration of the world's top automotive and technology executives, designers, engineers and thought leaders to showcase the many benefits and advantages composite materials can bring to the future of mobility. At NAIAS 2019, JEC Group will highlight the latest technologies, solutions that enable the automotive industry to innovate in product design, emission reductions and production

Eric Pierrejean, JEC Group CEO, recalls “Composites were introduced many decades ago in car manufacturing, and not only for high-end performance models. Composites now offer many alternatives to steel and aluminum thanks to specific features that go far beyond their lightweight properties. In value, the automotive industry makes up 20 percent of the total composites market, with promising opportunities for lighter, stronger and more efficient materials in the years to come. They offer new design opportunities, enable a reduction in tooling investment and allow several functions to be integrated in one, on top of their corrosion and impact resistance.”

In this new pavilion, JEC Group will highlight key benefits under the motto “Composite Solutions for Mobility.” To illustrate some of the many advantages of composites materials in the Automotive industry, 14 parts will be showcased pointing that highlight the different applications of composites for mobility, such as lightweighting, design freedom, aesthetics and flexibility, resistance, strength and stiffness, function integration and fewer parts, hybridization, fuel storage, connectivity integration and battery housing and integration. For example, a glass fiber reinforced polymer bracket for wireless charging from Daimler will be displayed along with a door panel from HRC Group, a leaf spring suspension from Kolon, a tunnel reinforcement from Hexion and a lightweight liftgate from Magna to name a few.

“Magna has been on the forefront of bringing high-performing plastics and composites into automotive design and development,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow, who is also a member of the JEC Group Board of Directors. “As we consider future mobility, composites offer tremendous potential in how technology, such as sensors, RADAR and LIDAR, can be integrated into vehicle exteriors and structures, which will enable automakers to achieve their design and performance goals. The Composites Pavilion at NAIAS is a great opportunity to share these benefits with automakers.”

“The textile carbon fiber IACMI project that the institute is showcasing at the Composites Pavilion validates an innovative technology that will make integration of carbon fiber more cost-effective in the automotive industry,” said John A. Hopkins, IACMI – The Composites Institute CEO. “Our IACMI members are leading the advancements critical for the automotive industry’s adoption of composites. We are thankful for support by partners such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) which makes these industry advancements possible.”

”Hexcel has a dedicated automotive business focused on developing new technologies and supplying a range of composite materials for structural parts, suspension systems, bodywork and interiors. We are excited to participate in NAIAS this year to provide automotive engineers with innovative composite solutions to reduce weight and enhance their designs in a cost-competitive way,” said Achim Fischereder, Hexcel Automotive Director of Sales & Marketing.

MEET JEC GROUP AND ITS PARTNERS FROM JANUARY 14 TO 18
AT NAIAS - CONCOURSE
COBO CENTER, DETROIT, MI (USA)

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JEC COMPOSITE PAVILION PRESS CONFERENCE
TUESDAY, 1/15, 12:55PM-1:20PM IN THE JEC PAVILION

For more information contact: communications@jeccomposites.com
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About JEC Group

JEC Group is the world’s leading company dedicated entirely to the development of information and business connections channels and platforms supporting the growth and promotion of the composite materials industry. Publisher of the JEC Composites Magazine – the industry’s reference magazine, JEC Group drives global innovation programs and organizes several events in the world, including JEC World (the foremost and world-leading international exhibition dedicated to composite materials and their applications), which takes place every spring in Paris.

 

About IACMI-The Composites Institute

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national Manufacturing USA institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.

 

About MAGNA

We have more than 173,000 entrepreneurial-minded employees dedicated to delivering mobility solutions. We are a mobility technology company and one of the world's largest automotive suppliers with 340 manufacturing operations and 89 product development, engineering and sales centres in 27 countries. Our competitive capabilities include body exteriors and structures, power and vision technologies, seating systems and complete vehicle solutions. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit www.magna.com.

 

About Hexcel

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications.

 

JEC Composites Pavilion at NAIAS

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