I.C.S. Paris 2011
Date of event:
29 Mar 2011 - 10:00 - 31 Mar 2011 - 17:00
I.C.S - 2nd International Composites Summit
Composites for Mass Production
Human population has increased '3 fold' over the past 50 years. Manufacturers are to meet more and more production demands. The composite industry is changing from low volume to high volume mass production. Come and attend the second JEC 2011 International Composites Summit (I.C.S) and see how Composites for mass production takes off.
An outstanding and eventful program with 12 conferences and forums, including 4 brand-new ones.
Composites for mass production: ready for take-off
Human population has increased ‘3 fold’ over the past 50 years. The world’s energy needs will be almost 60 % higher in 2030 than they are now and China, India and other rapidly developing economies will account for almost half the energy consumption.
Manufacturers are to meet more and more production demands: Almost 26,000 new passenger and freighter aircraft will be needed between 2010 and 2029 to satisfy demand.
The objective now is 4,800 aircraft a year and 100,000 parts, 2 aircraft a day! Automakers need platforms for some 80,000 vehicles a year. Wind Blade manufacturers provide about 40,000 blades a year and are expected to more than triple current production in the next 10 years. Construction and Civil Engineering markets are looking for cost-effective integrated processes enabling the maximum capability of industrialization of components.
Increased production rates are pressuring manufacturers to turn out more parts, more quickly, at a lower cost. The composite industry is changing from low volume to high volume mass production. A major challenge is the development of a robust,
fl exible and affordable way of automation to produce high volume, high quality structures. Composites design and process simulation are an essential part. And also, at the manufacturing stage, accelerating production times with lower and faster temperatures and pressures processes.
While the focus is on automating and producing more, we are also aware that our planet has a fi nite capacity and that we must change our entire energy structure, decarbonising the world economy. The search for alternative environmentally friendly
materials and technologies to bring massive weight reductions and new structural solutions is intensifying.
Key to composites is Carbon fibre. By 2020 we will need - 340,000 T/yr. Most Carbon fibre is manufactured from PAN - a wasteful process. Bridging the gap between an exclusive, expensive high end material suitable for producing up to now 1 aircraft per week at best and finding a reliable, competitive environmentally friendly material able to deliver 400 to 800 cars per week is quite a challenge. BMW Group’s response to this challenge is the MegaCity Vehicle, the world’s first carbon-fiber body mass production car which will be unveiled during the Automotive forum.
The Global Carbon Conference will discuss how to manufacture large quantities of high quality, low cost, carbon fibre.
The Green movement is now accepted and pervasive throughout the economy. Biomaterials composites can now be produced with strongly improved stiffness and strength.
Fibers such as fl ax, hemp, typha have penetrated the automotive, construction and sports and leisure industries and further opportunities exist with continued innovation. Nano Materials have also some outstanding mechanical, electrical and thermal properties, which make them one of the most interesting new materials for industrial applications.
The biggest challenge is clearly coming from large consumption. Come and attend the second JEC 2011 Innovative International Composites Summit (I.I.C.S.) and see how composites for mass production are ready for take-off.
I.C.S. Paris 2011 - Final Programme