I.C.S. is the only summit in the Asia-Pacific region that gathers the widest range of technical papers, composites experts and qualified industry delegates in a single event.
Asia is currently driving the global composites industry both in terms of production and consumption volumes, and a wide range of composite materials are enjoying increased market penetration across various segments.
These developments augur well for the future of composites and this year’s three-day I.C.S. program, which will be held in conjunction with the annual JEC Asia Composites Show and JEC Asia Innovation Awards is expected to feature more than 345 exhibiting companies and more than 7,000 trade visitors from 51 countries.
“As the Asian composites sector adapts to significant industrial and market changes, this year’s I.C.S. program will help expose Asian firms to the latest technology trends and developments that are impacting their business,” says Frédérique Mutel, President and CEO of JEC Group. “JEC Asia 2011 Composites Show and Conferences, now in its fourth year running, is already well positioned as the leading composites industry platform in Asia-Pacific. Each year, we aim to deliver a range of industry-specific seminars and conferences, technical sales presentations and business meetings to complement the new composites applications and technologies that will be displayed on the main exhibition floor.”
JEC Asia I.C.S. program comprises eight conferences and industry forums that will explore the latest breakthrough innovations across different end-user applications — process automation, aeronautics, infrastructure, automotive and ground transportation, and wind energy sectors — as well as specialized conferences providing insights into the global carbon fiber market, economic trends and growth drivers in the composites sector, and composites design.
To build on the success of the previous I.C.S. sessions, a new Carbon Fiber Conference has been introduced to extend the scope of the conference program, as well as an additional auditorium to accommodate the expected increase in the number of conference delegates.
“The key to the success of JEC Asia I.C.S. program is in bringing together a diverse group of highly esteemed industry experts and technical specialists to share their views on how the Asian composites sector will evolve and keep in step with global trends, particularly with regards to how environmental issues will increasingly impact the entire composites value chain,” adds Mutel.
Key industry-specific highlights of JEC Asia 2011 I.C.S. program include:
New program focusing on carbon fiber composites
JEC Asia 2011 I.C.S. program will also see the launch of the new Global Carbon Fiber Market Conference, which focuses on the use of high performance carbon fiber composites for key industry segments such as aeronautics, automotive, wind energy, and sports and leisure applications.
“Carbon fiber reinforced composite materials are playing an important role in reducing weight and fuel requirements in major transportation industry segments such as aviation and automotive,” Mutel says. “Fuel efficiency is one of the ultimate drivers of demand for these high performance composites materials, especially as the carbon composites industry continues to make strides in bringing down the overall cost of large volume production.”
Global Carbon Fiber Market Conference — Towards high quality, reliably supplied, competitively priced carbon fiber
[19 October 2011, Wednesday, 2.30 to 5.00pm]
Demand for carbon fiber is forecast to grow from around 48,000 tons per annum (tpa) to 360,000 tpa by 2020. The Carbon Fiber Conference will examine the key developments in carbon fiber and composite products that are propelling this projected growth. The Carbon Fiber Conference will feature presentations by AKSA on the challenges of industrializing carbon fiber composites, the University of Tokyo on how carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics are enabling technologies for the latest lightweighting strategies in the automotive industry, as well as other presentations by Australia’s Deakin University, Hyosung, Mitsubishi Rayon and Toray Industries.
Insights into market developments and composite design trends
Continuing on two well-received conference programs of the inaugural I.C.S. in 2010, this year’s Economic and Composites Design Conferences will further provide industry players with a broader understanding of the business opportunities and industrial design innovations that are driving growth in the Asian composites field.
Economic Conference — Asia Pacific composites market overview
[19 October 2011, Wednesday, 10.30am to 1.00pm]
Global composites production expanded by nearly five percent to reach eight million metric tons in 2010, with the Asia Pacific region accounting for 38 percent of the total production volume. Industrial growth in Asia is projected to propel production volume in the region to make up 43 percent of global composites manufacturing output by 2015. The Economic Conference, moderated by JEC Composites Magazine, will examine the business dynamics in the Asia Pacific region and will feature presentations on current market developments, such as the Japan Reinforced Plastic Society, Korea Society for Composites Materials (KSCM) and Taiwan Advanced Composite Center (TACC).
Composites Design Conference — Enhancing the mechanical and physical properties of composites (In partnership with Prof Stephen Tsai of Stanford University)
[20 October 2011, Thursday, 10.30am to 1.00pm]
The Composites Design Conference will examine three critical composites technology issues and will showcase how the understanding of material design principles can lead to process and product developments that will take composites to the next level. Chomarat will present on the development of a laminate design with unmatched processing and material strength. A presentation from the National University of Singapore (NUS) will explore progressive damage and failure analysis for composites structures, while the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from the US will explain how the design of experiments and modern statistics can improve the reliability of composite materials.