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The Remarkable Breakthrough of Composite Materials in the Automotive Industry showed at the First “International Conference on Automotive Technology” in Knoxville, TN, USA

JEC Forums Knoxville 2016
9 Nov 2016
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.

JEC Forums Knoxville 2016 - conference
The first day was dedicated to conferences on Multimaterial Solutions in Automotive and the Incorporation of Carbon Fiber 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, modeling and characterization of fibers as well as experience the large and small-scale Polymer 3D printers.” adds Nicolas BAUDRY, Americas events director at JEC Group.


Some participants’ comments:

“The Forum was very helpful and informative, which helps us work with our clients and suppliers. Internally, in our corporation, it also allows us to contribute to the automotive industry, from design to manufacturing to sales/marketing.”

Richard LIN, Managing Director, ALLINS USA, Inc.


“The JEC Forums Conference on automotive technology was a most productive gathering and setting. We were able to see current customers and meet potential new ones. The quality of the interactions and the presentations was very high. Detailed discussions identified multiple new opportunities. We look forward to this being an annual event.”

Tim COLLINS,  New Business Development Manager, AGY Holding Corp - USA


“As an exhibitor of a tabletop display, the communication prior to the show was effective. The show was better than I expected in venue, speaker topics and the full house of attentive attendees. There was sufficient opportunity for networking, and I have gained several promising prospects which I will be pursuing. An added bonus was meeting and getting to know the IACMI members. These “narrow focus” forums with targeted audiences are a great idea moving forward.”

Lynn VENDITTI, Business Development Associate, Technical Fibre Products Inc. - USA


“I wanted to reach out and let you know what an awesome job you all did putting this event on. I want to make sure you know how appreciative I am that you asked me to be there and present my work. If you would like LM to present in the future I know we would be happy to continue to share our efforts in the field of automotive composites.”

Kyle ROWE, Advanced Materials Engineer (Speaker), Local Motors – USA


“We thought the audience was good in terms of both numbers and the quality of the attendees, and plan to participate again next year. I think it was a good idea to hold this in Knoxville.”

Frazer BARNES, Managing Director (Speaker), ELG Carbon Fibre – UK