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Program

JEC Forums 2017, taking place in Knoxville,  will present an extensive overview of the current trends and innovations for composites in the automotive industry thanks to a twofold program.

After an introductory keynote focusing on current market trends in light-weighting, the conference will include a two-part session focusing on manufacturing challenges for composites in automotive: covering 3D printing, fast curing, and versatile manufacturing techniques.

Complimentary to this session, the other two-part conference will deal with wide scale use of thermoplastics in automotive, from large scale applications, hybrid compounds, to innovative processes and affordable solutions.

 

Day 1 - November 15

 

8:00am - 8:45am
Registration and Welcome Breakfast

8:45am - 9:00am
Event Introduction by JEC Group  

9:00am - 9:30am
Keynote Speech  

9:30am - 12:00pm (30mn Networking Break at 10:30am)
Session 1: Manufacturing Challenges of CFRP and GFRP: How Close is the Breakthrough? [Part 1]

  • Affordable, scalable, and reproducible composites manufacturing
  • Towards competitive solutions compared to metal alternatives
  • Reduced manufacturing and assembly times

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break

2:00pm - 5:00pm (30mn Networking break at 3:30pm)

Session 2: Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry [Part 1]

  • Meeting lightweight targets towards high volume production
  • Reducing process steps
  • Sustainability: an attainable goal thanks to recycling solutions 

5:00pm - 6:30pm: Networking Reception

 

Day 2 - November 16

 

8:30am - 9:00am: Welcome Breakfast  

9:00am - 12:00pm (30mn Networking Break at 10:30am)
Session 3: Manufacturing Challenges of CFRP and GFRP: How Close is the Breakthrough? [Part 2]

  • Lowering cycle times, developing fast curing resins
  • Design and efficiency
  • Repeatability requirements

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break

2:00pm - 4:30pm (30mn Networking Break at 3:00pm)

Session 4: Wide Scale Use of Thermoplastics in the Automotive Industry [Part 2]

  • Reducing costs without sacrificing heightened levels of performance
  • Glass/carbon hybrid materials
  • Thermoplastic materials in highly-loaded, structural applications

4:30pm - 4:45pm: Closing remarks