JEC International Conference on Automotive Technology discusses remarkable breakthrough of composite materials

10.11.2016

Composite applications for automotive were the main focus of JEC's conference in Knoxville
Composite applications for automotive were the main focus of JEC's conference in Knoxville

On 14 October, the JEC International Conference on Automotive Technology, organised by the globally leading composite organisation JEC Group, wrapped up its very first session with very good feedback and attendance in Knoxville, Tennessee. The two-day event focused on the latest development of composite 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 US, 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.

The first day was dedicated to conferences on multimaterial solutions in automotive and the incorporation of carbon fibre 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 organised in partnership with e-Xstream Engineering, ORNL and IACMI worked on topics such as affordable composites, the development and industrial commercialisation of composite materials as well as the partnerships and innovations in composite manufacturing.

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