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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

By 16 noviembre, 2016 No Comments

Atlanta, GA (October XX, 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 Forum Knoxville on Composites in Automotive
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

“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

If you would like to learn more about 2017 JEC Forums in Knoxville, please contact Nicolas Baudry at or get all the details on

About JEC Group
With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC Group is the largest composite organization in the world. It represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global and local networking and information services. For the past 20 years, JEC has achieved continuous growth and acquired an international reputation. It has opened offices in North America and Asia. The Company is entirely owned by the non-profit Center for the Promotion of Composites. JEC Group’s policy is to systematically invest its profits in the creation of new services to benefit the industry. After successfully winning over the composites industry, JEC Group is now enlarging its scope to the next segment of the value chain, i.e. manufacturers and end-users.

Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC’s experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications – including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC Composites Magazine – the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – the world’s largest composites show, five times bigger than any other composites exhibition -, JEC Asia in Singapore and JEC Americas in Atlanta; the Web Hub; the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Singapore and Atlanta and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China).

The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide, generating 69 billion USD worth of business in 2015.